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Torres hopes to get ‘back on track’

The question submitted to boxing trainer Daniel Perez was the following: What does his fighter, Albuquerque’s Josh Torres, have to gain – other than a payday – tonight?

Torres (14-4-2, six knockouts) is scheduled to face Billings, Mont., veteran Daniel Gonzalez (12-37-2) in an eight-round, welterweight main event at the Sunset/Five Points arena in the South Valley.

Gonzalez, 36, once lost 17 bouts in a row. He hasn’t defeated a fighter with a winning record since 2008. He has won two of his last three, but against opponents with a combined record of 2-8-2.

A Torres victory, seemingly, would prove nothing. A loss would be disastrous, not to mention embarrassing.

Perez’s answer, in a nutshell: Win, look good doing it, and move on.

And respect your opponent, no matter his record.

“It’s actually just getting back on track,” Perez said. Torres is coming off a loss by majority decision to Cameron Kreal on Aug. 1.

Torres, a welterweight (147 pounds) for most of his career, fought as a junior welterweight in his last three fights in pursuit of the WBC USNBC title at the 140-pound limit.

After fighting to a draw against Jose Marrufo in August 2014, Torres won the belt in April with a victory by majority decision over Ranee Ganoy at the Albuquerque Convention Center. But he lost the title to Kreal at the Fire and Ice Park in Grants.

Perez, who compiled a 19-4 record during his pro career (1989-96), encouraged Torres to move back to welterweight.

“He said he could still (make 140), but for me, from the outside, it was a problem,” Perez said. “For most of my fights I was cutting a lot of weight, so I know what it does to a fighter.

“Josh finally agreed to go back up in weight, which I think is the smartest decision we’ve made in a while.”

Tonight’s fight was made at 150 pounds. Torres weighed in Friday at 150.8, a permissible overage as per the contract. Gonzalez weighed 146.6 pounds.

Gonzalez’s record notwithstanding, Perez said he doesn’t expect Torres to have an easy time tonight.

“We’ve watched a few of his fights,” Perez said. “His record’s not great, but … he’s dangerous. It’s gonna be a good fight, but we’re prepared for it.”

THE AMATEURS: Tonight’s four-bout pro card will be preceded by an amateur show from 1-5 p.m.

Victor Bravo, a 132-pounder from Garden City, Kan., is scheduled to face Las Cruces’ Jaime Aguilera. Bravo is trained by Garden City’s Robert Gonzales, who has seen two of his former pupils – Victor Ortiz and Brandon Rios – win world titles.

Bravo, Gonzales said, has that kind of potential.


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