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Busy Torres to fight in Delmar Saturday night

Near retirement only a few months ago, South Lake Tahoe pro boxer Juan Torres is getting more fights than during his heyday.

The 31-year-old Torres is scheduled to fight unbeaten 135-pounder Steve Forbes 13-0, four KOs) on Saturday night in Del Mar, Calif. This bout comes only two weeks after Torres lost a close decision to David Sample of Las Vegas in Albuquerque, N.M.

The outcome of that bout still bothers the six-time world kickboxing champion.



Sample (27-6-1, 10 KOs) knocked down Torres twice in the first round, but the “Ghost Warrior” dominated the remainder of the six-round bout. Yet, the three judges awarded Sample a one-point win.

The close decision, which has rarely gone Torres’ way as a professional, wasn’t as disappointing as the shenanigans that went on in the ring in the fifth round.




Torres felt the referee failed to call a standing-eight count when a hurt Sample clenched for 25 seconds. He later hurt Sample on the ropes and thought the referee was going to stop the bout when he separated the fighters.

Sample, however, made it to the bell and received another break while in his corner waiting for the sixth round. The referee informed both fighters that because Showtime planned to televise the fight, their bout was being shortened from eight rounds to six.

Considering Torres was trying to overcome a four-point deficit from the first-round knockdowns, it left him little chance of winning by decision.

“If the fight would have gone eight rounds, I would have finished him off or won a unanimous decision,” Torres said. “But I’m not going to let them get me down. I’m get tired of getting (burned), or they’ll get tired of not giving me the chance I deserve.”

The bout was never shown by Showtime.

With no tapes of Forbes’ fights, Torres only expects a tough fight from Forbes.

“I expect the usual,” he said. “I just have to go in and do what I know how to do.”

Earlier Thursday, Torres was awaiting a phone call from his manager Jorge Maron to find out if he would fill in for a USBA title bout Saturday night in Del Mar. That opportunity fell through when a fighter being detained in Mexico was permitted to enter the country for the championship.

Torres’ younger brother, Hector, will also fight this weekend. Hector, 3-0, will tangle with Paul Jones of Los Angeles in five-round bout Friday night at Feather Fall Casino in Oroville, Calif.


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