By Andrew Rivera: Local favourite Josh Torres halted crosstown rival Cristian Cabral with what seemed like a barrage of 30 to 40 punches at the end of round seven before the referee halted the fight at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Torres, 18-6-2, who claimed the welterweight New Mexico title, followed a great game plan by his father and trainer Alfred.
“We felt we could wear him down with our experience and stamina” said Torres “He was tough and he landed a few good shots to the body that I felt but it was a matter of time before we would get him.”
The fight started off fast with Torres putting the pressure on Cabral landing hard rights and lefts to the body and head, Cabral to his credit took it early and tried to fire back.
In round two Torres dropped Cabral with a hard left and right to the head, Cabral was stunned when he got up with the bell sounding to possibly save him.
The fight kept the same script with Torres walking down Cabral landing body shots and staggering Torres several times. Cabral would fight back but he didn’t have the fire power to hurt the tough chinned Torres off him.
In round six Cabral came on with a late rally where he may have won a round. Torres seemed to slow a bit and admitted as much after the fight.
“During camp I experienced the same thing tiring for a bit then the second wind kicked in and that’s what happened tonight,” added Torres.
Capturing his wind in round seven Torres hurt Cabral with a hard left to the body, then followed up with as mentioned before 30-40 unanswered punches before the referee has seen enough.
Torres, who truly is one of Boxing’s good guys , a great family man and respectful, yet keeps getting called out by other local fighters, Jose Luis Sanchez who suffered his only loss to Torres in 2013 wants his rematch.
Torres said: “I’ll fight anyone but I am looking for bigger things outside the local seen but if it happens it happens with Sanchez.”
Heyman and Alderete fight to no-contest
In the rubber match between Mike Alderete and Max Heyman in a cruiserweight bout, the fight ended in a no contest. Heyman 24-13-4 had beaten Alderete in the rematch back in 2010, with an eighth round stoppage. Alderete won the first fight with a majority decision.
Eight years later the two would still have bad blood. The first round started slow with Heyman coming out southpaw against Alderete, both fighter were cautious with little action until Heyman landed a thunderous body shot that had Alderete put his gloves down on his side and retreat to the ropes. Heyman unleashed three more body shots until the bell ended.
In the beginning of the second round, Alderete trapped Heyman on the ropes and pushed his head up with his chin, Heyman fell the floor in pain hurting his back. The bout was halted when Heyman could not continue after being given time to recoup.
Matthew Esquibel and Tevorus
Teague fought to a hard fought 4 round draw.
Angel Perez halted tough George Royal in the third round. The first two rounds Perez stalked the lanky Roybal landing hard right hands and left hooks. Roybal would throw an occasional looping left hand to the body but it didn’t do anything the onrushing Perez.
Perez a former amateur standout is now 3-0, while Roybal drops to 0-6. I look forward to Perez stepping it up in competition as he seemed to have tougher fights in the amateurs and to get to the next level stepping it up each time out will get him there.
In the opening bout of the night Augustine Perez 2-0, stopped overmatched Ernesto Hernandez (1-9) in the opening round with right hooks to the body first putting down Hernandez down with the first shot, Hernandez got up but took 3-4 more right hands repeatedly to the left side of his body before Rocky Burke halted the action.
Issac Luna captured a four round unanimous decision in his pro debut with scores of 39-36 over Brandon Trujillo.