Undefeated Lightweight prospect Ruben Torres scored a dominant eight round unanimous decision over a very “Game” Jose Luis Rodriguez on Sunday night at Omega Products International in Corona, CA. The unbeaten Torres was in command from the opening bell and nearly had the grizzled veteran Rodriguez out in the fourth round after connecting with a brutal right uppercut to the head. Despite being on the verge of being stopped, Rodriguez, a veteran of thirty-nine professional bouts prior to this fight was able to hang in there and last the eight round distance against the highly touted Torres. Official scores were: 80-72, (On two scorecards) and 79-73 in favor of Torres. Ruben Torres advances to 14-0, with 11 Knockouts. Jose Luis Rodriguez falls to 25-14-1, with 13 Knockouts.
Jr. Bantamweight prospect Saul Sanchez pounded out a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Mario Hernandez. What was an entertaining bout Sanchez got the better of the battle in a fight that saw several shifts in momentum. Sanchez’ general aggression and harder punches ultimately proved to be the difference in his getting the nod from the official judges who scored the fight unanimously in his favor. Official scores were: 78-74 (On two scorecards) and 79-73. Saul Sanchez advances to 15-1, with 8 Knockouts. Mario Hernandez falls to 10-2-1, with 3 Knockouts.
In a battle of undefeated Jr. Middleweights that began the evening, Richard Brewart scored a dramatic come from behind second round knockout over previously unbeaten in Louis Hernandez. A barrage of punches from Hernandez had Brewart badly stunned in round one before dropping Brewart with a left hook to the head. While it appeared Hernandez had the advantage, Brewart had other ideas in bringing a dramatic end to the fight with an overhand right to the head that sent Hernandez crashing down to the canvas. Although Hernandez miraculously was able to get back to his feet, he was in no condition to continue and the fight was promptly stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:48 of round two. Richard Brewart advances to 8-0, with 4 Knockouts. Louis Hernandez falls to 8-1-1, with 6 Knockouts.
This card, which was the final card of 2020 promoted by Thompson Boxing, provided a look at three prospects at varying stages of their development as well as a highlight reel knockout that depending on one’s perspective could be a choice of some as being one of the top knockouts of 2020. Like many in Boxing and throughout all of sports, the challenge for Thompson Boxing heading into 2021 will be continuing to try to adapt to the ever changing circumstances created by the ongoing COVID-19. While every promoter in the sport from those that operate on a global scale to those that are regionally-based benefit greatly from not only the atmosphere that live crowds bring to Boxing, as this observer said in his previous coverage of the most recent 3-2-1 Boxing event prior to this card, Thompson Boxing along with several other promoters that have been fortunate to be putting on events under such difficult circumstances has taken advantage of the technology that is available and has used it to get their bouts in front of as many eyes as possible.
Although no one can legitimately say what is in store for the sport or the world for that matter due to COVID-19, series like 3-2-1 Boxing is crucial for the sport. Crucial not only as a launching point for rising prospects as they look to progress in their respective careers, but more importantly under the circumstances currently can provide a way for not only young fighters that have levels of buzz surrounding them, but also lesser known fighters a way to hopefully remain active and support themselves and their families in the process. An example of the good that the sport of Boxing has to offer that unfortunately gets all too often overshadowed by the negative elements that surround Boxing.
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