Top Rank finds foe for Torres in Reno |

Top Rank finds foe for Torres in Reno

Steve Yingling

Juan Torres and Jorge Paez won’t trade punches, but at least they’ll work on the seven-fight boxing card Saturday night at the Peppermill Hotel Casino in Reno.

A string of injuries left the super lightweights without opponents until Thursday. But according to Mar Ratner, executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission, there was never any consideration of matching them up.

“Juan Torres is not a 10-round fighter,” Ratner said.

Torres’ last 10-rounder was 15 months ago when he lost a controversial split decision to Hector Camacho Jr. on Jan. 30 in Miami. Two judges sided with Camacho Jr. 96-93 and 95-94 while the third official scored it 97-93 for Torres.

Despite the nearness of the card Top Rank Inc. was able to hire experienced opponents for Paez and Torres.

Torres, a 31-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, is scheduled to fight Luis Lizarraga (29-17-3) of Merida, Mexico, in a six-round preliminary fight. Knockouts are Lizarraga’s specialty, with 21 opponents meeting that fate.

Torres (15-9), who has a track record of early knockdowns, has been sharp in his past two wins – unanimous decisions in Boise, Idaho, and Palm Springs, Calif.

Paez’s 10-round main event foe, Angel Aldama, also has 49 pro bouts under his belt. But Aldama has shown inconsistent punching power while compiling a pro record of 29-19-1 with 12 knockouts.

After Diego Corrales of Sacramento pulled out of the headliner with a hand injury, Top Rank substituted Paez. But Top Rank didn’t have any luck keeping Benito Rodriguez and Jimmy Joe Zikle as possible opponents for Paez (63-14-4, 42 KOs).

“If for some reason Aldama couldn’t have fought, Lizarraga would have been the opponent for Paez. He’s that good,” said Lee Samuels, a publicist for Top Rank. “If Torres beats this guy, it would be impressive.”

Torres was originally matched against Sergio Macias of Pacoima, Calif., but the “Ghost Warrior” says that the commission didn’t approve Macias for the bout. A replacement was found, but a cut finger knocked him out.

“I just want to fight,” Torres said. “It doesn’t matter who.”

The card includes one title bout – the International Boxing Association featherweight championship between champion Hector Velasquez (28-7-1, 23 KOs) and Argentina’s Carlos Rios (48-4-2, 30 KOs).

The first bell is set for 7:30 p.m., with the main event slotted for 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $150 for ringside seats, $75 for reserved and $39 for general admission.

Fight fans worried about missing the heavyweight championship between Lennox Lewis and unbeaten Michael Grant can see the audio-less bout at the same time. The Peppermill plans to show the championship on several big screens behind the live card in the convention center. There also is a separate closed-circuit viewing area showing the championship at a cost of $20 per person.

Notes: The remainder of the card matches welterweights Mark Suarez (16-0, six KOS) of Riverside, Calif., vs. Dagoberto Najero (9-1, three KOs) of Bell, Calif., in an eight-rounder; lightweights Shelley Lay (1-3) of Salt Lake City vs. Layla McCarter (1-4-1) of Spokane, Wash., in a four-rounder; cruiserweights Luke Munsen (3-0, three KOs) of Mead, Wash., vs. Alberto Orrellys (1-5) of Albuquerque, N.M., in a four-rounder; and junior lightweights Terrence Churchwell (15-0, 11 KOs) of Nashville, Tenn., vs. Jose Reynosa (6-18, five KOs) of Ciudad Jaurez, Mexico … Forum Boxing is putting on a card at Caesars Tahoe on May 20 featuring Juan Marquez … Top Rank lists Torres from his native Ameca, Mexico – a ploy that he says promoters like to employ when their cards are televised in South America … Edgar Garcia, one of four boxers training with Torres in South Lake Tahoe, is fighting Friday night in Oroville, Calif.

Two shows in one.

as long as no sound on it, called Univision it’s fine, trying to strike long-term deal weekly in Peppermill


Juan Torres

“I’d heard of that,” Ratner, regarding the Torres being banned from fighting at Caesars.

Peppermill card

Marc Ratner, executive directorm

Benito Rodriguez, approved him Zikle, Joe Jimmy, 27-3 couldn’t come.

second or third opponent injuries to some of the opponent. third opponent

Juan torres is not a 10-round fighter.

May 20, Juan Marquez NABO title fight.

Beth Rosenberg

Bruce Trampler,

Lee Samuels, publicist

STHS played West Course

we had little trouble, couple guys actu played better than did yesterday but overlal we struggled a little bit today.

really hard wind by end of day, hafl in before winds picked up.

Hunter Harris 85, Sean Fannan 86, Mikey Scheller 86, Jon Wallace 93, Andrew Wysong 96, Jon Strohm 105.

17 teams

ended up 13th, but wasn’t unexpected didn’t have our top six this week.

Bishop O’Dowd out of Oakland, Calif., 760 for two days. STHS 883 for two days.

McQueen second 775.

Scott Cotter of McQueen, 1 under 143, 73 yesterday and 70 today.

Bryson Young of Galena 144 even

on Tuesday Rosewood Lakes.

We’re playing for our lives as a team, 1:30 p.m.

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