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A Majors success: Knockout builds Eric’s confidence

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

Twenty months out of the ring showed Eric Majors how much boxing meant to him. The layoff also gave him a style of fighting well-suited to his 6-foot-2 welterweight frame.

What this new Majors gave Alfredo Andrave of El Cajon, Calif., was a bloody nose and the worst seat in the house — on the canvas. Majors, showing little rust after coming back from removal of his gallbladder, knocked out Andrave in the second-round of their scheduled four-round bout Thursday night in Imperial Beach, Calif.

“It was an awesome feeling. I had my family there, and, of course, the victory to get me started,” said the 25-year-old from South Lake Tahoe.

Andrave (1-1) offered little in the way of a counterattack.

“He was completely out of it,” said Juan Torres, Majors’ trainer. “Eric was risking getting cut with one of those haymakers (Alfredo) was throwing, because that was all (Alfredo) was throwing.”

Majors (4-4) used several combinations to knock down Andrave late in the first round, but with blood pouring from his nose, Andrave was able to beat the count and make it through the round.

“Eric was a little anxious in the first round, so I told him to take it easy because the knockout was there waiting to happen,” Torres said. “Then he went and did his job.”

Majors finished his short night’s work with a left hook to Andrave’s body 26 seconds into round two.

“It was a clean shot to the body and he was out,” Majors said. “I went for the kill, basically. I saw in the first round that I pretty much had the fight, so I didn’t want to stay in there. I wanted to take him out.”

Majors thought he was entitled to a short day at the office.

“Little money, little work,” he joked. “A lot of people congratulated me and were pleased, so I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Extensive sparring training 10 days prior to the fight enabled Majors to be better prepared than he has been any of his previous pro fights.

“I felt really strong and confident. The sparring did make the difference,” Majors said.

Victories have been scarce for South Shore boxers since Torres retired from the ring.

“I don’t mean to sound like my shoes were hard to fill, but we finally are starting to fill them up, so I can rest in peace,” said a chuckling Torres.

Because Majors came out of the fight unscathed, he is scheduled to fight May 16 or 17 in Sacramento. Simon Ruvalcaba, also from South Lake Tahoe, is expected to fight on one of the Sacramento cards as well.

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