Torres edges Gomez
Night of wars on "Warehouse Rumble 2"
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
"He came to fight, he didn't back up" stated Josh "Pitbull" Torres (8-2-1, 4 KO's) after his phonebooth brawl with Aztec, NM's Joe "Ironman" Gomez (18-7-1, 8 KO's), Friday night at the YDI Wool Warehouse.
Though the less-than-capacity crowd of 350 fans might've disappointed Chavez Promotions' second installment, there wasn't a bad fight on the five-bout card.
And that included the main event between Torres and Gomez.
Both men looked eager to get a 'W' after coming off losses. Gomez' last fight was at middleweight, at which he was stopped by El Paso's Abie Han. Against Torres, Gomez had weighed in at 148.6 - "a lot of power for his weight," according to Torres, who was also coming off a loss.
Gomez' left jab found a home on the face of Torres for most of the fight. Torres was allowed to in-fight for the first two rounds as Gomez sparingly used his jab and reach.
The third and fourth rounds belonged to Gomez who used his jab and reach to keep the shorter Torres from scoring inside. It became increasingly harder for Gomez to keep the forward coming Torres off of him in the fifth and sixth rounds. The Bloomfield brawler seemed to have completely forgot about his jab in the sixth allowing for a phonebooth ending to the delight of the fans.
The judges had a tough time scoring the contest as reflected by the split decision win awarded to Torres with scores of 59-55, 58-56 and 55-59. Newmexicoboxing.com had a draw at 57-57.
"It was a close fight and I'm not disappointe with the outcome," said Gomez. "But I only had three weeks to prepare for this. I came down from 170 and my fight was against weight, instead of Josh Torres. I'd love a rematch."
Torres said he had no problem granting Gomez a rematch, nor was promoter Joe Chavez against a second fight.
"Toro" returns with a win
After a year layoff, Las Vegas' Arturo "Toro" Crespin (7-2, 2 KO's) took a few rounds to get shake the dust off, then got busy against Albuquerque's Nazareth Rojas (6-7-1, 2 KO's), who was able to pepper Crespin with punches to the body to slow down his younger opponent.
Crespin turned it on in the second half ot the contest, connecting with flurries as Rojas seemed to have slowed. Both men suffered cuts over the right eye. By the sixth round Rojas was only connecting single punches as Crespin bombed away landing from all angles.
After six rounds tthe judges it had it 58-56 and 59-55 twice for the Crespin.
Cabral nets a TKO win over Herrera
It seemed that fans lost out on what could have been a great rematch bwtween Albuquerque's Cristian "El Puma" Cabral (4-0, 3 KO's) and Roswell fighter Michael Herrera (0-2).
Cabral won the first contest in February of this year, but Herrera came out looking better prepared this time around. Cabral looked to have won the first round by pouncing on Herrera. Herrera stormed back in the second round catching Cabral with hard punches and driving him to the ropes.
Unfortunately, during one of the exchanges, Herrera was cut over the right eye from a punch. The doctor was called to the corner after the end of the round and the fight was stopped by recommendation of the doctor. Cabral was awarded the TKO win before the start of the third round.
Reyes defeats Feliciano
Albuquerque heavyweight Fernando Reyes (2-1) was unable to KO his much lighter opponent in Roswell's debuting Guto Feliciano (0-1), but took a unanimous decision win with scores of 40-35 and 39-36 twice.
There was no quit in Feliciano as he held on for survival a few times during the heavyweight contest. Reyes was unable to capitalize due to lack of accuracy with his punches.
Reyes was warned a couple of times by referree Richard Espinoza for hitting after breaks. Feliciano rallied in the third as Reyes seemed to tire. It wasn't until the fourth and final round that Reyes was able to connect a clean punch that caused Feliciano to touch the canvas with his gloves. He was given the 10-count and Reyes pounced on him again before the final bell rang.
"Smiley" stops Garcia
In the opening bout of the evening, Roswell's John Herrera (3-3-1, 1 KO) TKO'd last-minute opponent Antonio Garcia (1-2) at 2:36 of the last round.
Herrera showed quite a bit more offense than in all his previous bouts. This was Herrera's fourth fight this year. Garcia hung in there with Herrera taking the middle rounds with a higher output of punches.
Herrera seemed to have had enough of Garcia as he stepped up the power punches in fourth connecting a left uppercut and dropping Garcia. The gritty Garcia made it up only to be caught with a hard straight right by Herrera. Garcia was hurt and took a knee in surrender. The fight was stopped at 2:36 of the fourth and Herrera took his first TKO win.