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    By David A. Avila

    ONTARIO, Calif.-Once again Ruben Torres showed he’s ready for prime time with a blowout victory over Mexico’s veteran slugger Ruben Tamayo on Friday.

    No doubt about it.

    Torres (10-0, 8 KOs) demonstrated his power and speed to Tamayo (28-14-4, 19 KOs) before a vocal crowd of more than 600 at the Doubletree Hotel. Within seconds it was obvious to all that the fight was not going to last long. Torres sent Tamayo to the floor four times total.

    Torres and Tamayo exchanged punches within seconds of the opening bell and down went the slightly shorter Mexican fighter from a short left hook. Tamayo beat the count but soon he was shot down again with a five-punch combination. Two knockdowns in one round gave Torres a big lead.

    Tamayo had previously been in the ring against top contenders and world champions like Jojo Diaz, Jhonatan Romero and Oscar Valdez. Those battles taught him how to survive against superior firepower. Against Torres, all of that knowledge seemed impotent.

    The left hook of Torres seemed to be able to connect whenever delivered. In the second round Tamayo decided to go for broke with some timing shots. A few landed but Torres merely brushed them off. A clash of heads followed by a check left hook floored Tamayo in the second round. He complained of a head butt and maybe didn’t realize he was dropped by a left hook. He got up while complaining. Torres soon reloaded into a power stance and Tamayo tried to time the attack but was hit with a counter right cross that blasted him to the floor. Referee Jerry Cantu did not bother to count and the fight was declared a knockout win for Torres at 2:38 of the second round.

    It was yet another impressive victory for Torres who two months ago won a battle of unbeaten prizefighters by knockout. In this fight he proved ready for true contender status.

    Other Bouts

    Washington D.C.’s James Early (4-3) started quickly behind a jab against southpaw slugger Anthony Sanchez (9-1-1, 9 KOs) of Long Beach and mounted an early lead that he never gave up to win by unanimous decision after six rounds in a lightweight contest. Sanchez had trouble tracking Early’s movement for the first two rounds before he found success going to the body. But Early never stopped setting effective pot shots at the end of the last three rounds and it proved successful in convincing the judges he was the winner. Two judges scored it 59-55 and a third 58-56 all for Early. It was Sanchez’s first loss as a professional.

    Super welterweight Leo Ruiz (5-0, 3 KOs) of San Bernardino knocked out San Diego’s Donnis Reed (3-4, 2 KOs) in the third round of their fight. A barrage of blows had Reed’s legs unsteady at the end of the second round but he was able to survive the onslaught. In the third round he wasn’t as lucky and was hit with a five-punch barrage that sent him crumbling to the floor. He was allowed to continue but Ruiz smelled blood and crashed three more big blows on Reed forcing referee Ray Corona to stop the fight 42 seconds into the third round. Ruiz, who is trained by Henry Ramirez, was the winner by knockout.

    Desert fighter Jose Tito Sanchez (4-0, 3 KOs) switched from right to left-handed stances to dominate the tall southpaw Luis Montellano (1-6-2) if Tijuana, Mexico and win by knockout in a super bantamweight fight. Sanchez fights out of Cathedral City and was successful with a right hook in a southpaw stance against Montellano. In the third round of the scheduled four round bout Sanchez unleashed a six-punch barrage to the head and body that crumbled Montellano for a knockdown. The Tijuana fighter survived the round but in the fourth Sanchez put more pressure on him and forced the referee Jerry Cantu to halt the fight. Sanchez won by knockout at 1:18 of the fourth round.

    United Kingdom’s Chris Crowley (1-0-1) captured his first victory as a pro with a dominating performance over Mexico City’s Braulio Avila (2-4) with a spirited attack in a super featherweight match. Crowley used a strong right cross to gain the advantage and forced Avila into holding tactics for the final two rounds of a four round bout. No knockdowns were scored but two judges saw it 39-37 and a third 40-36 all for Crowley who goes by the name “Irish Mexican.”

    Photo credit: Al Applerose

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