Undefeated Lightweight prospect Ruben Torres scored an impressive sixth round knockout over veteran Cristian Mino on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Torres simply took his time in a fight that had the appearance as though it would go the distance. By utilizing his reach to keep the shorter Mino at distance, Torres was able to pick his shots. As the fight progressed, the punches Torres was able to land were gradually having an effect on Mino. In round six a beautiful left hook to the body followed by a right hand to the head sent Mino down. Mino showed his mettle by getting up from the knockdown, but moments later, a left hook to the solar plexus sent Mino down in significant pain. The bout was immediately stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:37 of round six. Ruben Torres advances to 18-0, with 15 Knockouts. Cristian Mino falls to 20-5-2, with 15 Knockouts.
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In a Featherweight rematch from a fight in 2018, Horacio Garcia avenged his split decision loss to Isaac Zarate, by scoring a convincing eight round majority decision in the second encounter. What was Garcia’s first fight since that loss to Zarate nearly four years ago, the rematch followed one pattern. Garcia using his taller 5’8 frame to systematically walk the 5’5 Zarate down and out work him with offense to the body and head. While there was nothing that changed the pattern of this bout and Garcia appeared to be clearly dominant in the fight even cutting Zarate over the right eye in the final round, one of the three official judges scored the fight even, where the remaining two judges scored the fight widely in Garcia’s favor. Official scores were: 80-72, 79-73, and 76-76 (Even) giving Garcia the split decision victory. Horacio Garcia advances to 35-5-1, with 25 Knockouts. Isaac Zarate falls to 16-6-4, with 2 Knockouts.
An entertaining Welterweight bout saw Luis Lopez survive a stern test in scoring a six round majority decision over Cristian Dominguez. Dominguez almost immediately showed he came to fight as a short right hook buckled the legs of Lopez in the opening round followed by a flush left hook to the head that sent Lopez down. Lopez was able to get up from the knockdown, but late in the first round, Dominguez would drop him hard for a second time, this time with a wide right hook to the head. Lopez was able to survive the round. Round two saw Lopez willing to engage in a toe to toe war with Dominguez and as the fight progressed, he was able to gradually implement an attack to Dominguez’ body. It was this approach and consistent attack that allowed Lopez to work his way back into the fight and ultimately pound out a hard fought majority decision victory. Official scores were: 57-55, (On two scorecards) and 56-56 (Even) resulting in Lopez getting the win. Luis Lopez advances to 10-1-1, with 4 Knockouts. Cristian Dominguez falls to 11-4, with 6 Knockouts.
Undefeated Featherweight Japhethlee Llamido scored a six round unanimous decision over Erick Benitez. A fight where both fighters seemed to have trouble finding their rhythm, Llamido got the better of the action in most of the rounds. In round five, Llamido scored a knockdown of Benitez with a short right hand and went on to earn the decision victory. Official scores were: 59-54, (On two scorecards) and 58-55 in favor of Llamido. Japhethlee Llamido advances to 6-0, with 2 Knockouts. Erick Benitez falls to 2-3, with 1 Knockout.
A battle of unbeaten Jr. Featherweights saw Sean Brewer scored a first round knockout over previously undefeated Ivan Zarate. Brewer stunned Zarate with a right hook and had him cornered. Zarate tried to move his head and did manage to avoid some of Brewer’s follow up barrage, but it would be a combination of right hooks to the jaw that sent Zarate down on the canvas. The bout was stopped immediately. Zarate remained on his back for a few minutes following the stoppage, but did leave the ring under his own power. Official time of the stoppage was 2:50 of round one. Sean Brewer advances to 2-0, with 1 Knockout. Ivan Zarate falls to 3-1, with 1 Knockout.
Unbeaten Heavyweight Oscar Torrez began the evening by scoring a four round unanimous decision over veteran Daniel Najera. In what was the first fight for Torrez in nearly three years, he simply went through the motions against a very “Game” Najera. A highlight came in the fourth and final round when Torrez staggered Najera with a left hook that sent him on the defensive against the ropes. Despite appearing as though Torrez was on the verge of a stoppage, Najera was able to hang in there and go the distance. All three official judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Torrez giving him the decision victory. Oscar Torrez advances to 8-0, with 4 Knockouts. Daniel Najera falls to 9-7-1, with 4 Knockouts.
The eighteenth victory in the career of Ruben Torres, one of promoter Ken Thompson of Thompson Boxing’s hottest prospects, earned him the United States Boxing Council (USBC) Lightweight championship. While the USBC is a regional championship, it’s affiliation with the World Boxing Council (WBC) will likely mean that Torres will see himself positioned in the top twenty-five world rated contenders when the WBC next updates it’s Lightweight rankings.
Following a lengthy stretch where Thompson Boxing staged shows in fanless environments due to the ongoing global COVID-19 epidemic, this card took place in an atmosphere that many promoters around the world should truly now appreciate as the epidemic unfortunately continues, an atmosphere featuring an enthusiastic crowd. As Thompson Boxing continues to develop prospects, the future will hopefully be bright both for the promoter as well as the fighters they represent. For Ruben Torres, 2022 just may be the year where he can progress from highly touted prospect to contender with the aim of challenging for a world championship. While anything can happen in the sport of Boxing, it is certainly not hard to see why many in the sport are looking at Torres as potentially the next world champion to box under the Thompson Boxing promotional banner. We will see what the future holds for this fighter on the rise as 2022 progresses.
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