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Torres Edges Nava in Barnburner Rematch

By German Villasenor


The very skilled Jackie “La Princesa” Nava 24-4-3 (11), and the ultra-tough Ana Maria “Guerrera” Torres, 25-3-3 (15), engaged in another fantastic ten-round war on the TV Azteca-televised main event on Saturday night in front of a reported 10,000 strong at the Metropolitan Arena in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. Torres pulled out ahead at the end of the second “Fight of the Year” between the fighters to win a two-point decision win at the end of ten frenetic rounds.
 
Both Tijuana Mexico’s Nava and Ciudad Neza’s Torres, the current WBC super flyweight champion, used very good defense in the first, with each fighter landing few shots in the round.
 
Nava opened up in the second, landing body shots and repeated uppercuts, catching Torres down the middle with straight shots. Torres tried to hook, landing just short and a hair behind in terms of speed.
 
Nava bloodied up her opponent in the third with punches in bunches, as Torres looked uncomfortable at the inability to match her foe’s hand speed.

Torres suffered a cut inside her mouth, which was attended to by her corner at the end of the round.
 
Nava was well in control, landing three to one shots in the following round before a late, huge left badly wobbled Nava, nearly downing the fighter as the round came to a close.
 
Both women were warned for headbutts in the fifth but the action remained in high gear, with neither woman letting up as both went at it in the middle of the ring, landing on even terms.
 
The bigger Torres looked the fresher of the two in the sixth, with Nava smartly going down to the body, turning the fight around by backing up Torres. Nava took control with multiple shots, leaving Torres with blood flowing from her nostrils once more at the end of the round.
 
Torres managed to land a big right in the next round, sending Nava back to her corner with a busted nose, although it would be Nava who took the round on the strength of her work.
 
An even round in the eighth with both women trading furiously went Nava’s way at the end of the round, as her sharper shots drove Torres back against the ropes. Torres came back to stun Nava in the ninth, as multiple shots to the head left her a bloody mess at the end of the round.
 
Torres needed to close the round strong just to get a draw, seemingly doing so. Nava gamely fought back through a bloody mask after slipping to the canvas early in the round and valiantly fought back to a frenetic finish at the end of the tenth and final round.
 
Scores were 96-94 in a razor-thin decision on all cards for Torres, who won the vacant WBC bantamweight “Diamond” title.
 
Orucuta Scores KO over Vazquez in Two
 
On the televised co-featured bout, Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta, 21-1 (17), blasted out Jesus “Taquero” Vazquez in the second round of a super flyweight bout.
 
Following a brisk pace through the majority of the first round, Orucuta found Vazquez’s midsection in the final seconds of the round. Doubled over, Vazquez escaped the round as the bell came to the rescue.
 
Continuing the attack, Orucuta landed a jolting left which sent Vazquez crashing down against the ropes at the onset of the second round. Orucuta would then score a hard left uppercut and follow-up right, scoring his second knockdown in the round.
 
The end came as both fighters got back to trading at center ring, with Orucuta scoring with sharp, repeated hooks and uppercuts which sent Vazquez down for a third time. Gabriel Peralta quickly jumped in to stop the bout and spare the fighter further punishment.
 
With the loss, Vazquez drops to 19-7-1 (17).
 
Cruz  and Aguilar Draw after an Exciting Six
 
Local super featherweight Fernando “Dinamita” Cruz, 4-2-1 (1), was rocked a couple of times by the smaller Nery “Puma” Saguilan, 23-1-1 (10), in the first round of their scheduled six-round fight.
 
Aguilar added plenty of showboating in the second round, catching the conventional Cruz with varied uppercuts from odd angles, giving the local fighter fits as he tried hard to land fight-turning shots. Both men clashed heads in the third, with plenty of furious exchanges thrown in between, with the fight continuing well past the bell.
 
Cruz lost a point for a second head clash to Aguilar’s jaw in the fourth, which visibly left the latter shaken.
 
Cruz smashed Aguilar with a push/punch in the fifth, which was quickly waved off by the referee.
 
The fight went into higher gear in the sixth, as Cruz connected with vicious shots, getting wild and allowing the game Aguilar to land hard hooks, which had the favored fighter on wobbly legs in a non-stop action final round.
 
Scores were 58-57 Saguilan, 58-57 Cruz and 56-56 for a draw.
 
Martinez Stops Toala at the End of Two
 
Bantamweight Hanzel “Tornadito De Tijuana” Martinez (Antonio Margarito’s brother in-law), 13-0 (11), stopped an overmatched Maximino Toala, 1-1, at the end of two.
 
Martinez battered Toala through the two rounds from post to post, forcing Toala to retire from the contest between rounds.


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