Torres can’t overcome rough start |

Torres can’t overcome rough start

Give Juan Torres a pass into the second round, and the South Lake Tahoe veteran boxer may never lose.

The 31-year-old Torres bounced back from two first-round knockdowns to take David Sample the six-round distance in their super lightweight bout Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. Torres, however, couldn’t overcome a first-round point deficit and lost a unanimous decision.

Sample (27-6-1, 10 KOs) of Las Vegas took a commanding lead with the two first-round knockdowns – the second of which Torres arose from the canvas from just before the bell sounded. Two judges scored the round 10-7 in favor of Sample, while the other gave him a 10-6 edge.

Still, Torres (13-7) almost rallied. The “Ghost Warrior” had Sample in trouble in the fifth round but couldn’t pinpoint the third KO of his pro career.

The decision precipitated some boos from fans who turned out to watch the Showtime card headlined by Johnny Tapia. Tapia won a unanimous decision over Jorge Eliecer Julio to claim the WBO bantamweight title.

The weekend wasn’t a total loss for the Torres family. Hector Torres remained unbeaten as a professional, winning a unanimous decision from Lamont Winn (4-3-1, 3 KOs) of Fresno, Calif., in a four-round 175-pound bout Friday in Sacramento.

Hector Torres, 3-0, overcame a busted knuckle and an untimely cold to put away the hard-headed Fresno fighter.

“I was hitting him as hard as I could, and the kid wouldn’t drop,” Hector said. “I would see his eyes roll, and he just wouldn’t drop. I was thinking to myself, ‘Just fall.’ But he hit me with a couple of good shots, and my body is in pain right now.”

Hector should open his own weight-loss clinic, considering he dropped 25 pounds in a week’s time to make weight.

“I just have to maintain myself at 170 to 175 pounds. I want to be gaining weight next time, not losing it,” he said.

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