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Torres loses tough bout in Miami

MIAMI – He entered the ring as a virtual unknown in this tribal

gaming facility bordering the Everglades. All the attention, instead,

was placed on his younger, more flamboyant opponent, whose second



generation name is a fixture in the sport.

But when he completed 10 rounds of work Saturday night, South Lake




Tahoe’s Juan Torres became an instant celebrity at Miccosukee Indian

Gaming. Torres might have lost his junior welterweight bout against

Hector Camacho, Jr., but his valiant performance won over the crowd.

Only a third judge’s card prevented Torres from scoring his biggest

professional victory and staining Camacho’s otherwise perfect record.

After surviving a first-round knockdown, Torres took the fight to

Camacho for most of the 10-round distance. While Camacho tried to box

and score as he retreated, Torres constantly charged and, at times,

succeeded in stunning his high-profile opponent with solid head and body shots.

Still, Camacho apparently did enough boxing to win on two judges’

cards, 96-93 and 95-94. A third judge scored it, 97-93, for Torres.

“If this fight’s in California, it would have had a different

ending,” Torres said. “I understand this was in his backyard and

hometown fighters are often protected.

“After the first knockdown, I felt I controlled him and in the end,

thought I won the fight.”

Although Torres won’t return home with a victory, he further

enhanced his status as a tough opponent for any rising contender in the

140- or 147-pound divisions.

“He was my toughest test since I’ve been a professional,” said

Camacho, who is now 20-0. “He countered my punches very well and was not afraid to apply the pressure.”

Torres (12-5) seemed far from Camacho’s toughest foe in the first

round. As he charged toward Camacho with a looping right, Camacho

countered with a right to the chin that dropped Torres for the fight’s

only knockdown.

Torres barely beat the count, reaching his feet at nine and had to

survive Camacho’s flurry of combinations as he tried to make it a quick

evening.

However, Torres overcame the onslaught and in the third, turned the

fight in his favor as he stunned Camacho with a lead right to the head.

Torres continued to score with the right to the head as he succeeded in

cutting Camacho’s ring advantage and forcing inside exchanges.

“I got careless when I knocked him down and wanted to finish him

quickly,” Camacho said. “That’s not my style as a fighter. My knockouts

come gradually and I abandoned that after the knockdown.”

In the fifth, Torres again landed repeatedly with a right to the

head and also combined with rights to the body.

Torres used body shots in the sixth to set up additional rights to

Camacho’s head. The head punches eventually caused bleeding from

Camacho’s nose.

“I know I cut his ring advantage, but I didn’t do it enough,” Torres

said. “The punches to the body were hurting him. I thought I had the

fight.”

In the eighth and ninth rounds, Camacho managed to box and tagged

Torres with lead lefts to the head and also led with a right jab to the

head followed by combinations to the head. Torres’ left eye began to

swell during the seventh round.

With Camacho’s father, three-time world champion Hector Sr.

screaming from ringside not to get careless as his son prepared for the

bout’s final round, Camacho didn’t heed his advice and nearly paid for

it.

Torres attacked with rights to the body and lefts to the head. The

Miccosukee crowd, which had been cheering, “Mexico, Mexico, Mexico” as a means of support for Torres, energized him as he closed the bout with additional lefts and rights to the head.

“My job is to entertain the crowd and I thought they were

impressed,” Torres said.

Like Torres, the Miccosukee crowd was disappointed with the

decision as boos overrode the cheers from Camacho’s backers.

“I just have to take this as another lesson,” Torres said. “After

the knockdown I felt I won the other nine rounds. But in boxing you must deal with things that are out of your control.

“I might be upset about the decision, but I’m not demoralized. It’s

just a matter of finding the breaks that I know I’ll get.”

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