When Roy Delgado took up the sport of boxing two and a half years ago, it seemed only natural that his father, Henry Delgado, would manage his career. However, it didn't take long for the former amateur boxer and martial arts fighter to recognize inadequacies in the Denver fight scene: "I just looked at everything that was being done and thought, 'What if somebody decided to do this right?'" The elder Delgado says he recruited the hungriest, most focused fighters he could find and began training them at his new gym, Delgado's Boxing, in Wheat Ridge. He christened his new scrappers the Young Guns, and he's spent the past two years building their reputations. Tonight, at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock, he'll present his pugnacious progeny to the public.
The event will feature local hip-hop groups performing between fights. Cousins Steve and Andrew Marquez will square off with Guns Tony Morales and Felix Rios in rematches of bouts from earlier this year. Six other fights are on the card, with "Ruthless" Roy Delgado headlining the event.
"For too long, Colorado has been viewed as a punching bag in the boxing world," Henry Delgado says. "I want to change all that. I want to put this place back on the map."
Tickets for the fight range from $20 to $50 and are available at www.ticketswest.com, 303-325-7328, or at Delgado's Boxing, 303-432-8994. -- Adam Cayton-Holland
Full Moon Walks give dark pleasure
Nighttime at the Plains Conservation Center is normally quiet except for a coyote's call or the low buzz of a prairie dog's scurry through the meadow. But on the eve of a full moon, something strange stirs within the short-grass steppe. The center's Full Moon Walks include a talk and a trek through the lunar-lit plains, with a naturalist lending a tale or two about the midnight sun. This evening's walk, which will be illuminated by the Thunder Moon, promises electrifying weather facts, shocking lunar legends and, if the weather is just right, a flash of lightning. "We will be discussing thunder and lightning and a lot of weather-related folklore," says director of education Fran Blanchard. "Our Full Moon Walks are designed to get people outdoors, and offer an opportunity to enjoy the after-dark atmosphere." On July 31, attendees will stroll under the Blue Moon.
The walks, recommended for those ages eight and over, begin at 7:30 p.m., and reservations are required. Tickets are free for center members and $5 for non-members. The Plains Conservation Center is at 21901 East Hampden Avenue in Aurora; call 303-693-3621 or visit www.plainsconservationcenter.org for information. -- Kity Ironton