ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque boxer Josh Torres’ nickname is “Pit Bull,” but his performance Friday night brought to mind another well-known canine breed.
Torres, more skilled and faster of hand and foot, scored a victory by lopsided, eight-round unanimous decision over El Paso’s Bernardo Guereca at the Crowne Plaza.
The official scores were 80-72, 79-74 and 78-74.
Torres improved his record to 10-4-1, with four knockouts. Guereca is 16-17-1, with three KOs.
A crowd estimated at 800 attended the card in a ballroom that seats approximately 900. The show was promoted by Teresa Tapia.
Torres had some early difficulty with the short, awkward Guereca, a left-hander who often switches to a right-handed stance. But, gradually, the Albuquerquean’s superior skills began to tell.
“I was definitely trying to use my movement,” Torres said. “He was coming in with his head and trying to rough me up a little bit, but the movement and the angles made a difference in the fight.”
Torres was in almost complete control during the final three rounds, finding enough punching room to land some hard shots — though he never staggered the durable Guereca.
“(Guereca is) a veteran fighter, and we’re gonna learn from this,” Torres said.
Torres weighed 147 pounds, Guereca 149. There were no knockdowns.
In the semi-main event, Albuquerque’s Hector Muñoz, 147.8 pounds, defeated Belen’s Jeremiah Torres, 146.2, by second-round TKO when Torres declined to come out for the third on the advice of his corner.
Muñoz (21-9-1, 14 KOs), who had stopped Torres by fourth-round knockout in 2006, wore gold trunks with an Albuquerque Dukes logo. While he never hit a home run Friday, he repeatedly hit for extra bases.
Torres (7-21) landed some clean shots in the first round against Muñoz, an all-out pressure fighter who will take shots to land shots regardless of whom he’s fighting. But in the second, as Muñoz’s punches increased in force and frequency, Torres could do little but cover up.
In undercard bouts:
♦ Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin, 125.2 pounds, of Las Vegas, N.M., defeated Moriarty’s Brenda “Boom Boom” Gonzales by unanimous, four-round decision.
Crespin (7-4-1, two KOs), the more experienced boxer, earned points with a sharp left jab and superior defense. Gonzales (2-1, one KO) countered with some heavy left hooks, particularly in the final round, but all three judges scored it 39-37 for Crespin.
The Journal also saw it 39-37 for Crespin, but several other observers at ringside favored Gonzales by the same score.
♦ Las Cruces’ Siju Shabazz, 177.8, pummeled Albuquerque’s Anthony Jones, 177.6, for a round and a half en route to a victory by second-round TKO.
Shabazz (2-0, two KOs), a former Golden Gloves national champion, scored three knockdowns during the one-sided bout.
After the third knockdown, Jones got to his feet but turned his back, leaving the referee no choice but to stop the slaughter.
♦ Paul Castillo Jr., 131.8 pounds, of Albuquerque, defeated Saunitu Hogue, 129.2 of Fruitland, by unanimous, four-round decision. Castillo is 2-0, with one KO. It was Hogue’s pro debut.