Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Boxing Club Fulfills Dream.(West Side Journal)

Byline: James Yodice Of the Journal

There isn't any way for Richard Baldomar to know if he's on the threshold of producing the next Johnny Tapia or the next Danny Romero or the next Ray Sanchez III.

But he's investing quite a bit of his own money to find out. Two months ago, Baldomar -- a native New Yorker who settled in Rio Rancho 18 months ago from Las Vegas, Nev. -- created the Rio Rancho Boxing Club.

"Since I've always liked boxing, I'm taking a chance, testing the waters," says Baldomar. "Let's see how this goes."

The infant club took its first steps toward acceptance and respectability Sunday when it hosted a 20-fight card at Rio Rancho Mid-High School.

The event was geared to raise money for the club, which for now is surviving solely on the girth of Baldomar's wallet. …

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