Fulfilling occupations involve risk

Baxter Black Joe Camacho is a cage fighter. Can you imagine his mother saying, as he goes off to fight the front line of the Oakland Raiders, “Be careful, Joey, and don’t get hurt.” I caught myself giving that same instruction to my son as he went off to his high school soccer game. As […]

Tucumcari fighter retains title

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By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Tucumcari’s Abel Cullum, 21, successfully defended his King of the Cage flyweight world championship on Aug. 1 against Richard Montano at Mescalero. “It felt great to get the win,” Cullum said. “I never want to lose, but this was a very pivotal fight in my career.”Cullum (16-3-0) said he […]

Local fighter competing in Japanese tournament

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By Thomas Garcia

Extreme fighting returning to Tucumcari

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Blood War is the title of the Desert Extreme mixed martial arts event coming early next month in which several local fighters will return to the steel cage to test their skills and entertain the crowd. “I’ve told the guys that being an exciting fighter is important if you […]

Pilot of Cannon F-16 still missing

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The pilot of a Cannon Air Force Base F-16 fighter jet that crashed Monday in Iraq is still missing, Air Force officials said. The pilot was not found at the crash site, the Air Force said. The Air Force has not identified the pilot nor said to which base or […]

Tucumcari man holds martial arts title

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun When you take a look at Abel Cullum, it’s a stretch to assume the 5-foot-7, 135-pound man is an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter. But then again, that’s what inspired him when he was 15. “I was a fan,” Cullum said. “Seeing all of the little guys … it […]

Tucumcari native working for title

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Being good at fighting wasn’t always the best way for James Martinez to grow up. But it seems to be a good way for him to build a career. “Growing up in Tucumcari, there was a lot of fist fights there,” Martinez said. “I moved to California and went […]

10/8 Quay Personalities

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Who: Abel Cullum This 18-year-old San Jon High School graduate is a fighter known as “The Silent Assassin.” Claim to fame: No, Cullum is not the kind of fighter one finds in a Friday night bar brawl, but a fighter who specializes in MMA, or mixed martial arts, which incorporates a variety of styles from […]

Brush Popping ‘Fighter Pilot”

By Baxter Black It’s as close to being a fighter pilot as I’ll ever come. As a college youth plotting my future, I had, on two different occasions, taken the physical and written exams to apply for Officer’s Candidate School to become a Navy pilot. Father intervened and those dreams went to the way of […]