Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Conflict in Far East.(Final)

Byline: Rick Wright Journal Staff Writer

* Kickboxer David Archuleta faces a crucial bout Sunday

What's the Japanese word for "crossroads"? Even if Albuquerque native David Archuleta doesn't know it -- and he probably does -- he's about to live it.

Archuleta, a United States Air Force air-transportation specialist stationed on Okinawa, will fight Sunday evening in Tokyo (the wee hours of Sunday morning in Albuquerque) for a United Kickboxing Federation title.

The 21-year-old New Mexican's challenge to champion and fellow American Steven Satterwhite (21-1, 11 knockouts), Archuleta acknowledges, constitutes a major fork in the fast track he has ridden as a kickboxer. …

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