By Andy Rivera: To say the Sanchez Brothers; Josh and Jason are fighters is an understatement. In the past year the Albuquerque, NM based boxers have suffered the loss of older brother Alan who passed in an automobile accident in 2015 and then the family home was destroyed by a fire earlier this year.
The two brothers fight Saturday night at Camel Rock Casino on the Legacy Promotions card headed by Eric Martinez. Josh will take on Tavorus Teague while Jason battles Sergio Najera out of Mexico.
Both brothers have stayed unbeaten in 2016 at 3-0 and look to close out the year with a win Saturday.
Josh is 6-1, with his lone loss coming in his 3rd professional fight against local favorite Josh Torres, who at the time was 10-2-1. Sanchez and his trainer/father Pepe felt they should take the fight at the time with no fights coming through and felt it was a good opportunity.
“We weren’t getting fights. “Stated Sanchez “Promoters would tell us we would be on the next card but then we would never hear back from them so we took the fight with Josh, who is a good fighter.”
Sanchez lost a 7th round tko, but felt the rounds were too much at the time for him, a scheduled 8 round fight in just his 3rd fight. He would like a rematch with Torres in the future.
“I really would love a rematch with Josh Torres, he is a good fighter but now I have been active and the rounds won’t matter now that I have been always in the gym.” Says Sanchez. “This time it should be more level playing field.”
Many believed Sanchez was taking on a little bit more then he could chew in his last fight when he took on the experienced Arturo Crespin, (13-7-7) this past August. Sanchez won a unanimous decision over Crespin which open a lot of people’s eyes in the Southwest.
“He had more experience and people thought he would win, but I knew I had just as much experience and fought a smart fight and won.”
In his fight with Teague, Sanchez feels another win will get him closer to his goal of bigger fights in the future.
“One step at a time but now that we are always in the gym I’m hoping the hard work will pay off.”
Younger brother Jason is possible the best 126 fighter in the Southwest region, at 8-0 (4kos) Jason has been impressive each time out. He has a possible fight in 2017 with 17-0 Carlos Castro in the works if he gets by Najera.
“We were offered to fight Castro earlier this year but we don’t want to fight in his home town.” Says Jason “Sure once I get a few more fights under my belt it’s a fight I’d love to have.”
Jason Sanchez had hoped a to fight another unbeaten 122-126 fighter from New Mexico in Brandon Holmes but feels Holmes and his team don’t want the fight.
“In the beginning of the year it’s a fight people were talking about but he doesn’t want to fight me.” States Sanchez. “They continue to fight local guys here with no experience or his brother and he fight the same guys back to back. I’ll just go to bigger things.”
Sanchez is referring to his pro debut fight where took on rugged Gene Perez, who always comes to fight. Jason halted him in his debut in 2012, 4 years later Perez took on both Holmes brothers (Brandon and Pat Jr.) dropping a decision to both this year. Another common fighter Sanchez and Holmes have is John Herrera, Herrera has battle many never been stopped in 19 pro fights until Sanchez destroyed him in one round this year.
In taking on Najera, Sanchez looks to gain more experience and get rounds under his belt so he can look forward to a possible Castro fight in 2017.
“I don’t know much about Najera but he did fight Castro, so this will be a measuring stick to see how we both did against him.” Says Sanchez “I won’t take him lightly and look to put on a good show.”
The fights should be easy for both brothers, as they have already endured the tragedies that have happened in the past year and a half. The word fighters should have a picture of both next to the definition.
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December 2, 2016