Torres retires after tough loss
His boxing career didn’t end with a knockout or a championship belt around the waist, but Juan Torres retired from the fight game on his own terms Sunday.
“I accomplished more than I ever dreamed in kickboxing and the boxing thing is more of a tryout. I was up there with some of the best fighters in the world, and I don’t think I have anything else to prove to myself or anybody else,” said the South Tahoe lightweight fighter after coming out on the short end of a 10-round unanimous decision to Stevie Quinonez in a 138-pound bout Saturday night in Quinonez’s hometown of Palm Springs, Calif.
Once again, Torres felt he was the victim of poor officiating.
The 31-year-old felt he won the first four or five rounds, and was disappointed that Quinonez wasn’t disqualified or penalized more for repeated low blows.
“The last five round he definitely dominated because of the low blows. They took one point away from him and he hit me low twice more, but the referee said I provoked the low blows,” said Torres, who has lost his last three pro bout to conclude his career at 12-7. “I’m done with boxing; somebody in the business doesn’t like me and I’m not cut out for it. All of sudden the hunger and passion for boxing has died.”
Quinonez, 19-3, dropped Torres in the eighth round, but the “Ghost Warrior” didn’t let the judges off the hook, getting up at the count of seven. Torres was disappointed afterward to learn that judges had given Quinonez all 10 rounds.
However, Torres still has plans to win a championship someday.
“I talked to management and we both agreed that it would be more beneficial to them and myself by training fighters. I’ll be training up-and-coming fighters and go from there,” Torres said. “I’m going to take my experiences with the bad of boxing and make sure it doesn’t happen to any of my fighters.”
Torres has already been training 124-pounder Edgar Garcia, the only pro to defeat Auggie Sanchez; and 147-pounder Eric Majors.
“I want to set an example with any of my up-and-coming fighters. I don’t want them to see a fight guy training them and think they’re not going to learn anything from me, so I have to keep in shape,” he said.
That will come in handy if the six-time world kickboxing champion decides to extend his kick-fighting career.
“I have one promoter working on something for early January, and I’ll keep my head open for that,” said Torres, who has a 45-3 pro kickboxing record.
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