ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Hernandez beats Baca by decision
This wasn’t a good night for the boxing equivalent of a 14th or 15th seed.
Capping an entertaining but predictable night of boxing, welterweight Josh Torres stopped fellow Albuquerquean José Luís Sanchez by seventh-round TKO Friday night in the main event of a four-bout professional boxing card at the YDI Wool Warehouse.
Torres improved his record to 11-2-1 with five knockouts. Sanchez, competitive for most of the fight despite his marked lack of professional experience, is 2-1 with one KO.
In an action-fraught semi-main event, junior welterweight Yordan Hernandez dominated fellow Albuquerquean Matthew Baca in a six-round bout en route to a victory by unanimous decision. Hernandez is 3-0 with two knockouts, Baca 2-1 with two KOs.
In undercard bouts:
♦ Nohime Dennisson, 124 pounds, of Albuquerque, defeated Amanda Crespin, 126.2, of Las Vegas, N.M., by six-round majority decision. Dennisson is 5-2-2 (no KOs), Crespin 7-5-1 (two KOs). The Dennisson-Crespin bout was the third between the two and became Dennisson’s third victory.
♦ Jason Sanchez, 127.6, of Albuquerque, defeated Saunitu Hogue, 127, of Fruitland, by unanimous four-round decision. Sanchez is 2-0 with one KO, Hogue 0-2.
In the main event, Torres seemed cautious, even listless, for a significant part of the bout — perhaps allowing the more active Sanchez to steal a few rounds. But Torres said afterward that patience was his plan.
“We knew that he was gonna come out strong, so we were testing his power,” Torres said. “… We weathered the storm and took him into deep water like we planned to.”
Torres scored a flash knockdown in the third round, dumping Sanchez onto the bottom strand of the ring ropes with a left hook. Torres appeared to hurt his younger opponent several times but was unable to effectively follow up until the seventh.
In the decisive round, Torres dropped Sanchez with a flurry. Sanchez got to his feet, but was pinned against the ropes, defenseless, when the fight was stopped.
“I felt like a tank in there,” Torres said. “He wasn’t gonna stop me tonight.”
In the semi-main, Hernandez, flashing skills that belied his lack of professional experience, repeatedly found Baca’s head with hard shots from both sides. Baca, who is under contract to Albuquerque promoter Lenny Fresquez, landed well to the body but had difficulty finding Hernandez’s head.
Hernandez, a native of Cuba, appeared superior to Baca in all departments: power, hand speed and defense. He appeared to have Baca in trouble in the fifth round, but the 2012 West Mesa graduate survived and finished strong.
The judges’ scores were 60-54, 60-56 and 59-55 for Hernandez.