Majors, Torres deliver to local fans
Satisfying a hometown crowd was Hector Torres and Eric Majors’ largest responsibility Sunday at the first boxing card at Harveys Resort & Casino in more than five years.
The South Lake Tahoe boxers didn’t disappoint.
Torres earned a unanimous four-round decision against Lamont Winn of Fresno, Calif., in their four-round light heavyweight bout. Majors overcame a sluggish start to score a third-round knockout of Raymundo Paramo.
“Just knowing that the crowd expected more put more pressure on me,” said Torres, unbeaten in five professional bouts. “I had to keep it busy and give the people here what they wanted to see. Everyone was telling me, ‘You’re gonna win, you’re gonna win,’ and that right there was overwhelming.”
Many of the friends who work with Torres at Harveys came out to watch him box in Stateline for the first time since his pro debut in 1986 at the High Sierra (now the Horizon Casino Resort). That pressure caused Torres to stay active from the opening bell to the final bell.
“It is the most tired I’ve been after a fight,” said Torres, who was giving Winn a rematch after winning a close decision in Sacramento earlier this year. “The last time I fought him I was just plan sick, and this time the crowd was just yelling me name and got me thinking, “I’ve got to pull a good one on this fight.”
Torres (5-0) had Winn in trouble early in the third round when he boxed him into the ropes. But Winn shook off the effects of a solid left hook, and six unanswered shots later in the round.
“He fought me exactly the same, and I busted my hand again,” Torres said.
Majors (2-2, two knockouts) struggled with Paramo until his trainer Juan Torres said the magic words – punching bag – between the second and third rounds.
“I started screaming to him to punch the bag because he kills my bag at home, ” Torres said. “He gets in the ring and he’s a little punch shy, so he needs to remember when he’s in the ring there’s another punching bag for him.”
The 6-foot-2 Majors kept his distance from Paramo the first two rounds, but opened the third round with a four-punch flurry that sent the Pueblo, Mexico, fighter to the canvas. Paramo beat the count, but Majors pounced on the opportunity, finishing him with a straight left hand. Referee Vic Allegria stopped the scheduled four-round junior welterweight bout 49 seconds into the third round.
“I hit him with a jab and I saw his eyes kind of get glassy, so I knew he was hurting,” Majors said. “That’s when I knew to put more pressure on him.”
Before the knockout, Paramo had won the previous rounds.
“He tagged me with a few shots,” said Majors, who received a small welt at the corner of his right eye. “I was just waiting for the right time to unleash the punches.
“I chased him down a lot, and it was kind of frustrating.”
In a brief main event, Julian Letterlough “Mr. KO” Letterlough lived up to his nickname, recording his 12th knockout in as many fights. Letterlough knocked out Troy Weaver – the brother of former heavyweight champion Mike – 47 seconds into the first round of the light heavyweight match.
Weaver gathered himself after being decked with a left hook, but Letterlough staggered the Pomona, Calif., fighter with overhand right and finished him with a left hook.
“I watched tapes and saw that he likes to swing wild and then I executed a plan for that,” said Letterlough, who received the same $3,000 payday Weaver did. “But I just keep getting luck. Somebody is looking out for me.”
Letterlough’s trainer, Slim Robinson, was so pleased with his understudy’s performance that he challenged the champion few fighters want to meet in the ring.
“We’ll challenge Roy Jones for the light heavyweight title right now, winner take all,” Robinson said.
Notes: Max Heyman of Albuquerque, N.M., decisioned Miguel Jiminez of Las Vegas in their eight-round light heavyweight match, but needed a little help from referee Jay Nady in the final round. Nady momentarily stopped the fight to pull up Heyman’s trunks … Dexter Williams of Las Vegas put on a unique celebration after his knockout of Johnnie Hayes of Atlantic City with 2 seconds left in the first round. Williams visited each corner on all fours and lifted a leg in dog-like display … a large crowd nearly filled the Harveys Convention Center.
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