In the world of combat sports, Samantha Ginithan continues her undefeated streak, making her professional boxing debut with the Houston Hitmen of the Team Combat League on April 18. Ginithan, a two-time Golden Gloves national champion from Las Cruces, secured victory in both rounds against Brazil’s Simone Aparecida da Silva. Joining Ginithan in the TCL ranks is Albuquerque’s Sharahya Moreu, representing the Philadelphia Smoke.

Meanwhile, five New Mexicans have qualified for the Golden Gloves nationals in Detroit as part of the Colorado-New Mexico team. Yoruba Moreu Jr. and Kevin Whitaker secured their spots by winning their bouts at the regional event, while Jimmy Perez, Ariana Carrasco, and Leroy Clark advanced by walkover.

In another exciting development, Albuquerque’s Jordanne Garcia is set to fight against New Yorker Nisa Rodriguez at Madison Square Garden on June 8. Garcia’s upcoming bout promises to be a thrilling encounter against the three-time Golden Gloves national champion.