Torres ends losing streak
South Lake Tahoe pro boxer Juan Torres ended a four-fight slide with a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Manjarez of Mexicali, Mexico, on Saturday night in Boise, Idaho.
As the verdict came over the public address system, relief enveloped the 135-pounder.
“In the back of my head I had a little doubt because of what has happened in the past,” Torres said. “It feels good to get the win. Finally, the promoters kept their word. They didn’t interfere with the judges.”
To up his career record to 14-8, Torres overcame a frenzied first-round assault by Manjarez. A recent spate of early knockdowns against Torres may have encouraged Manjarez to look for an early KO.
“The thing he didn’t realize was at 136 to 137 pounds I never touch canvas,” Torres said. “He threw a lot of strong shots in the first round, but I was able to move around him and counter punch him. After that, I tried a little bit of everything, and everything worked.”
The only down note for Torres came with 30 seconds remaining, when Manjarez headbutted him above the right eyebrow, opening a 1-inch gash. The cut men wanted to close the wound with four stitches, but Torres requested eight.
“There will be no suspension since I wasn’t cut with a (legal punch), ” Torres said. “But I’m going to take a good 20 to 30 days away from sparring, so it doesn’t give me any problems later on.”
Torres’ South Lake Tahoe training pupil Eric Majors (1-1) wasn’t as fortunate in his scheduled four-round match. Majors 144-pound bout with Jorge Barajas of Boise was stopped by Torres in the third round because his fighter was profusely bleeding from the nose. According to Torres, Barajas hit Majors with a combination after the end of the third round.
“I didn’t want him to get hurt any more,” Torres said.
Majors sent Barajas to the canvas in the second round, but a delay in the count prevented the knockout.
“Eric hit him with a straight right and left hook and dropped him,” Torres said. “But at the count of four the referee realized Eric was in the red corner instead of the neutral corner and wasted six or seven seconds telling him where to go. That allowed the guy to get up and beat the count.”
Majors also hurt Barajas several times in the pivotal third round, but “he didn’t know when to go after him and finish him off,” Torres said.
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