“Albuquerque is and has always been a great fight town. For sure, it is an accomplishment and especially an honor for me to fight before all my friends, family and fans. I am very excited about Sept. 20. This is going to be a great night for EliteXC, mixed martial arts and for this city.”
The classy young man doing the talking is popular Joey Villasenor, aka “Smokinâ€™ Joe,” who’ll be featured against an opponent to be announced on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Pit in Albuquerque, N.M.
“I have heard a few names being tossed around, but I do not care who I fight,” said the talented, world-ranked middleweight, who will be making his first appearance in Albuquerque since he registered a first-round TKO over Joe Merit on June 14, 2003.
Villasenor, who registered a 1:11, first-round TKO (strikes) over Phil Baroni in his last start on May 31, has won three straight and four of five. Villasenor (26-6) has lived in New Mexico the last 25 years (first in Albuquerque, then Farmington and, for the last seven years or so, back in Albuquerque).
“For sure, the Pit will be rocking on Sept. 20,” Villasenor said. “Seriously, I canâ€™t wait.”
A limited number of $20 tickets are available for UNM attendees (first come, first served), who will sit in a special “student section.”
Other tickets, priced at $30, $50, $65, $100, $150, $200 and $500 (VIP) can be purchased at the UNM/PIT box office (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday), online at http://www.unmtickets.com/ and by phone at (877) 664-8661 or (505) 925-5858. The pre-sale for tickets began Wednesday, Aug. 6.
The event is presented by Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.â€™s live fight division, EliteXC. The remainder of the card, including the fights to be televised on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), will be announced in the near future. The first live fight will begin at 6 p.m. MST.