Emergency calls just what Torres, Majors need
Juan Torres and Eric Majors each received emergency phone calls Thursday. The caller, however, brandished good news rather than the heart-palpitating misfortune that routinely is relayed.
The South Lake Tahoe boxers were asked to fight on one day’s notice to fill in on a card at the Spa Casino in Palm Springs, Calif., on Friday night, and both responded with resounding victories.
Majors, making his third professional appearance, knocked out Victor Salos of Las Vegas 1 minute and 30 seconds into their 145-pound bout. Torres, a six-time world kickboxing champion and veteran fighter, took a more workmanlike approach, earning an unanimous six-round decision over Jose Vaca of Las Vegas.
The 6-foot-2 Majors capitalized on his decisive reach advantage against the 5-2 Salos, knocking him down three times in the first round.
“Yeah, he couldn’t reach me at all,” Majors said. “That was the main factor, my reach and my speed. He was trying some wild hooks, but he didn’t throw that many punches. He just kind of tensed up and I took him down.”
Salos (6-4) charged Majors at the opening bell, but quickly found himself on the canvas after taking a left-right combination. Majors applied a three-punch combination to floor Salos a second time a minute in, and then put him away with a right hook to the body 30 seconds later.
“He really didn’t have a chance. He went down pretty easily,” Majors said.
The protege of Torres upped his record to 1-2 and celebrated his first pro win over dinner with his trainer and manager.
“They were definitely paying,” Majors said.
The polished Torres collected his 15th pro win(against nine losses) by outpointing Vaca at 142 pounds with a technical performance.
“I have a right middle knuckle that has a tendency of swelling up, so I tried most of my work with the left jab and left hook and concentrated on my speed and head movement,” Torres said.
The short notice for the fight put Torres and Majors in a dilemma since both are scheduled to appear on Sunday’s card at Harveys Resort Casino. Any cuts or a knockout would have bounced them from the first local card since last summer.
“I’ve got to take what I can get,” Torres said. “I didn’t have an opponent for this fight here until Sunday. I’m still having trouble getting fights at 135 pounds.
“They told me Vaca wasn’t even scheduled to fight either and two of the other fights fell through. My management let me know that I wasn’t for sure in Tahoe, and Eric wanted to take the chance so we flew down there.”
The judges thought Torres dominated the fight, with all three scorecards awarding the bout to the “Ghost Warrior”, 60-40.
Majors, Torres and Torres’ brother, Hector, are all scheduled to appear on the Harveys card. Tickets are $30 for the card headlined by the North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight title bout between Julian Letterlough and Troy Weaver. The undercard begins at 6:30 p.m.
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