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Boxer Torres knows what's at stake tonight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By his own admission, Josh Torres has more to lose tonight than he has to gain.

If Torres (10-2-1, four knockouts) beats fellow Albuquerquean José Luís Sanchez (2-0, 1 KO) in an eight-round welterweight bout at the YDI Wool Warehouse, well, he should have – based on his huge advantage in experience.

If Torres loses, it’s a major career setback.

Boxing: YDI Wool Warehouse, 7 p.m. Josh Torres vs. José Luis Sanchez, three other bouts. Tickets: $40-$60. Call 261-1502

Knowing all that, Torres said at Thursday’s weigh-in, he readily accepted the fight.

“I definitely have a lot more to lose (than Sanchez does),” Torres said. “I almost don’t win in this situation. But I never hesitated. I just love to fight. This fight is for the fans. I don’t do it for the money.

“If this guy (Sanchez) is willing to step up to the plate and prove himself, I’m willing to do the same thing.”

In Sanchez, he’ll find a willing opponent.

After a long amateur career, and more recently a stint as a sparring partner for Las Cruces world champion Austin Trout, Sanchez said, he believes he can counter Torres’ advantage in pro experience.

“I feel ready for this fight,” Sanchez said. “I would have taken this fight (against) whoever.

“I’ve got to thank Josh for giving me the opportunity to fight him.”

The Torres-Sanchez fight is the main event of a four-bout card at the Wool Warehouse, promoted by Joe and Isabel Chavez.

Other bouts include:

♦ Matthew Baca (2-0, two KOs) vs. Yordan Hernandez (2-0, one KO), both of Albuquerque, six rounds, junior welterweights;

♦ Nohime Dennisson (4-2-2, no KOs), of Albuquerque, vs. Amanda Crespin (7-4-1, two KOs), of Las Vegas, N.M., six rounds, featherweights;

♦ Saunitu Hogue (0-1), of Fruitland, vs. Jason Sanchez (1-0, one KO), of Albuquerque, four rounds, junior lightweights. Jason Sanchez is José Luís’ brother.

At a news conference earlier this week, Baca and Hernandez – who have sparred together in the past – expressed considerable respect for each other.

At Thursday’s weigh-in, respect was absent and hostility reigned. The source, possibly, was that Baca had felt disrespected when Hernandez refused to take off his sunglasses during a pose-off at the earlier news conference.

At the weigh-in, Hernandez wore no sunglasses – and definitely no smile. Baca followed suit, and the two did some pushing and shoving during their pose-off.

Crespin weighed in 1.2 pounds over the allowable limit of 125 for her bout with Dennisson, who twice has defeated her by decision.

Crespin was given two hours to lose the weight but instead agreed to forfeit a portion of her purse. The fight will go on as scheduled.

Tonight’s card will be followed Saturday by a Teresa Tapia-promoted card at the Crowne Plaza.

MMA: In Tampa, Fla., Albuquerque’s Heather Jo Clark lost by split decision to Felice Herrig of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Thursday on the undercard of Bellator 94.

Clark’s record fell to 5-4. Herrig is 9-4.
Boxer Torres knows what’s at stake tonight

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— This article appeared on page D3 of the Albuquerque Journal