Undefeated Lightweight prospect Luis Torres pounded out a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over veteran Diego Andrade to win the inaugural World Cup Boxing Series (WCBS) Lightweight tournament on Thursday night at the Palenque de la Expo in Sonora, MX. There were some heated exchanges early in the bout with Andrade trying to force the fight on the inside and make the fight difficult on the taller and younger Torres. Among the veteran tactics that Andrade implemented throughout the fight, he would raise his hands and roust the crowd whenever Torres would land a clean punch.
While such tactics are obviously designed to goad an opponent into rushing forward recklessly to theoretically allow the fighter using such ploys to try and take advantage, Torres did not take the bait and spent much of the fight gradually out working the more experienced Andrade. Although Andrade remained in the fight and seemed to win the appreciation of the crowd in attendance, he was not able to turn the tempo of the combat in his favor and it was Torres who would go on to win a convincing unanimous decision. Official scores were: 99-91, 97-93, and 97-93 in favor of Torres. Luis Torres advances to 16-0, with 9 Knockouts. Diego Andrade falls to 14-7-2, with 1 Knockout.
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In the first of two Lightweight bouts on the undercard, unbeaten Marco Moreno scored a third round stoppage of Juan Renzendez. The 5’9 Moreno gradually broke down the 6’2 Renzendez by landing power punches and increasing his output round by round. The end came when a barrage of unanswered punches forced the fight to be stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:57 of round three. Marco Moreno advances to 7-0, with 5 Knockouts. Juan Renzendez falls to 4-3-1, with 2 Knockouts.
In the second undercard Lightweight bout, Brayan Zamarripa scored an eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten Yasir Rojas. A very tactical bout that neither fighter really seemed to gain control of, Zamarripa was a bit more active in the early rounds and down the stretch and that is what proved to be what allowed him to gain the narrow victory. Official scores were: 76-76, (Even) 76-75, and 77-75 in favor of Brayan Zamarripa. Brayan Zamarripa advances to 11-1, with 3 Knockouts. Yasir Rojas falls to 7-1-2, with 5 Knockouts.
Sixteen year old Jr. Lightweight Pedro Borgaro began the evening by moving to 3-0 in his young career by scoring a four round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Hector Lozano. This was a fight that saw several heated exchanges of punches between the two fighters from the opening bell. Borgaro dropped Lozano with a short left hand to the jaw in the latter stages of round one and was able to land the harder punches throughout to secure the victory. Official scores were: 39-36, 38-37, and 39-36 in favor of Borgaro. Pedro Borgaro advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Hector Lozano falls to 1-1, with 1 Knockout.
The initial offering of the World Cup Boxing Series though short as it was a four man tournament promoted by Hall of Famer Roy Jones’ RJJ Boxing, did provide a look at a prospect in Luis Torres who could well emerge in time as the latest contender in a very crowded 135lb. Lightweight division. Although Torres was put to the test against Diego Andrade, he did display aspects of the mental make up of a fighter that often takes years to develop in knowing to avoid moving in recklessly on an opponent that was trying to goad him into an exchange that was not in his favor and simply fighting the fight on his terms. Though Luis Torres is not yet at the point where he would be considered a contender, the mental maturity he displayed in this fight is necessary as he moves forward towards opponents that are both more experienced and higher ranked than he is currently. For now in what was likely the first test of his career, Torres passed with flying colors.
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