Ruben Torres

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Ruben Torres Remains Undefeated and other So Cal results



By Tarrah Zael


ONTARIO, Calif.-Promising lightweight, Ruben Torres (10-0, 8 KOs) headlined against Mexico’s veteran Ruben Tamayo (27-14-4, 18 KOs) in his first 8-round bout at Thompson Boxing’s “New Blood” Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel.


With the expectation to perform as all eyes were on the two in the ring, Torres wasted no time as he came out with a “warning shot” swinging left hook towards southpaw Tamayo. A flurry of punches was exchanged between the two but a swift left hook put Tamayo on the canvas, the ref gave a standing count.


Tamayo didn’t last long standing up as a quick set of punches put him back on the ground. The crouching Tamayo kept signaling about shots being hit behind the head but, the referee responded to Tamayo to stop leaning forward. This made it difficult for Torres to end the bout early in round one.


Even with his experience in the ring, Tamayo didn’t stand a chance against the powerful and quick Torres. In the beginning of round two, there was even more aggression from Torres with a will to finish the fight fast after his opponent beat the count twice in the first round. Tamayo countered with his own swinging punches and landed with some accuracy. But, it was not a match against Torres as the punches didn’t leave much impact.


After a quick flurry of punches, down went Tamayo again in the second round. A possible clash of heads was the complaint this time but no injury upon the heads were visible. A final all out power assault was unleashed by Torres, and down went Tamayo for the fourth time in two early rounds.


Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the fight for an impressive knockout win by Torres at 2:38 of the second round. Torres continued his undefeated record and with hopes to headline more featured bouts in the future after this exciting win.



Other bouts:


Long Beach’s Anthony “Huero” Sanchez (9-1, 9 KOs) started off the lightweight battle staying true to his game plan: “knocking out his opponents with his power”, which is what spectators had seen him do in all of his previous fights. Friday night, Sanchez met his match against Washington D.C.’s James “Too Slick” Early (4-3) who wasn’t going to go outside of his agenda either with the southpaw brawler.


In the beginning of round one, quick jabs were thrown out towards Sanchez, with an over emphasis on his breathing, but Sanchez slipped and moved towards Early looking for the kill.


In round two, the Washington D.C. native was just “Too Slick” for his opponent as he landed quick jabs and moved quickly out of the way of the southpaw’s counters.


Straight right hands landed all too easily upon Sanchez’ head, and we saw his left eye start to swell. In response, good uppercuts connected onto Early’s chin but he shook them off and angled his way out of reach of Sanchez. This made it difficult for Sanchez to find his moment in landing power shots against Early, as he began chasing his opponent around the ring.


Good clean shots landed upon Early in the later rounds but it was too late for Sanchez to make an impression as it was clear who won the battle. As the final bell rang, both fighters smiled and jokingly punched each other in good sportsmanship.


The judges scored the bout 59-55 two times and 58-56 for Early to win the unanimous decision; this was Sanchez’ first professional loss and he took it well.


A middleweight bout was stopped early after a wobbly Donnis Reed (3-4, 2 KOsof San Diego, CA couldn’t take the power of Leo Ruiz (5-0, 3 KOsfrom San Bernardino, CA. The first round we saw the taller Ruiz come out of the ring as the more aggressive fighter while Reed worked on slipping but responded with nothing in return.


The second round, Reed came out of his corner with some agenda to fight back but barely threw out half punches. The clash between these two fighters should have been stopped before the first standing 8-count in the end of round two. But, the referee allowed the fight to continue.


Allowing the San Diego native to continue onto the next round, it was clear he couldn’t take much more of Ruiz’ pressure and power. The referee finally stopped the bout only :42 into the third round at the same time the doctor in Reed’s corner came to stop the fight as well.


A dominating featherweight bout had the crowd wincing in pain along with the receiver, Mexico’s Luis Montellano (1-6-2, 1 KO). The deserts own, Jose “Tito” Sanchez (4-0, 3 KOs) stunned Montellano in the early rounds with very fast punches and swift defense.


Sanchez continuously pushed Montellano back with his flurry of punches and embraced multiple shots himself, but it didn’t matter as they weren’t strong enough to push him off the taller fighter. “Tito” stayed in front of the Mexican warrior and flowed with his punches and body hooks. It looked as if Montellano was comfortable with staying on the ropes and battling it out with Sanchez until wicked body shots with audible impact began landing.  


When starting the round with an angry approach, it wasn’t going to suffice against the more technical and dominating aggressor. Sanchez out powered his opponent in the first two rounds and a third-round knockdown had Montellano leaning forward as if to signal he didn’t want any more punishment from the blows.


“Use your angles”, Sanchez’ corner advised him, he executed and after an accumulation of too many blows to the body the referee stopped the bout 1:18 into the fourth round; Sanchez continued his undefeated record with an outstanding performance.


The opening bout of the night had two warriors go the distance in a scheduled 4-round super featherweight battle. Chris “Irish Mexican” Crowley (1-0-1) of Brighton, UK came out on top over his southpaw opponent Braulio Avila (2-4) of Mexico City, Mexico. Crowley, the taller, more technical boxer stayed on top of Avila by following him around the ring and landing a flurry of punches. Avila had his chance to counter with his right hooks, but did not.  


By the fourth round Crowley was looking for blood, he won the unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 39-37 two times and 40-36 once.