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Torres scheduled to fight Saturday

No fighter is bloodying South Lake Tahoe boxer Juan Torres into reconsidering retirement.

Consequently, Torres is staying more active than at any time during his pro boxing career. He’s scheduled to fight Jose Manjarez, a former North American Boxing Organization champion, on Saturday night in Boise, Idaho.

“I’ve made up my mind to stay busy whether I win or lose, unless I get my (butt) kicked real bad,” said Torres (13-8). “As long as the decisions are made by the judges instead of my opponents, I’ll keep busy the rest of the year.”



A four-fight losing streak, including a disputable split-decision loss to unbeaten Steve Forbes last month in Del Mar, Calif., has done little to hurt Torres’ confidence.

“I know I can still hold my ground,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going in there with the premise that I’m getting paid. I’m going in here to do with my boxing, you know.”



Manjarez, of Mexicali, Mexico, has agreed to fight Torres up to a maximum of 137 pounds.

“Other than that I don’t know much about him,” Torres said. “Me being from the states probably makes me the hometown kid. Hopefully the judges are on my side in this one.”

Torres will also double as fight trainer in Boise. South Lake Tahoe 23-year-old Eric Majors is scheduled to fight Jorge Barajas of Boise in a 144-pound bout.

Majors, 1-0, is excited about his first pro fight outside of California.

“I’ve never been to Idaho, so it will be fun,” Majors said. “I feel the less you know about somebody, the better. “

Majors presents an unusual problem for Barajas. At 6-foot-2, Majors is able to keep his distance from power punchers and score from outside.

“I like to score my points with combinations and counter punching and to keep the fire away,” Majors said. “Juan has taught me a lot in the two to three years I’ve been with him. He’s taught me to stay focused and determined.


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