Torres Wins The Battle Of The Rubenís At New Blood
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: Marlene Marquez
It was time again for another Thompson Boxing Promotions
event, New Blood this time, held at the Doubletree Hotel
in Ontario CA. The main event of the evening was between
junior welterweights Ruben Torres (10-0, 8 KOs) going up
against Ruben Tamayo (27-14-4, 18 KOs). This fight was
scheduled to go eight rounds. Left hands were the order
of the day for Torres. In the opening seconds of the
first round a quick little left hand put Tamayo on the
canvas. Very shortly thereafter, a little flurry of
punches put him down again. But he was able to withstand
In the second another left put Tamayo down for the third
time in the fight, and very shortly after that he was
knocked down and counted out by, you guessed it, a hard
left hand. The time of the stoppage was 2:38 of round
It was time for the lightweights, and this was the
co-main event. In a bout scheduled to go six rounds,
Anthony Sanchez (9-1-1, 9 KOs) faced off against James
Early (4-3). There was not a lot of real action in the
first round and neither man really took control. Early
landed quite a few punches near the end of the round, as
his right hand was working well for him.
This continued for James in the third. His right hand
was still successful, and even though he often seemed to
just paw it out there, he was still able to land it with
power, both to the head and body of Sanchez. At the
halfway point now, and Anthony does not look like an
undefeated fighter thus far and doesnít look like his
paper record. Sanchez did land some punches, but they
were not as crisp as one might expect.
The fifth saw quite a few misses, mainly by Sanchez. We
moved into the sixth and final. This was the best round for
Anthony. He came out hot and really tried to work. Early had
the power shots in the fight, but could sometimes look wild.
Both men missed, but Anthony had more misses than James. We
went to the scorecards. The judges saw it 59-55 twice, and
58-56 once, for James Early. This also marked the first loss
Leo Ruiz (5-0, 3 KOs) stepped into the ring opposite
Donnis Reed (3-4, 2 KOs). This fight was scheduled for
six rounds in the junior middleweight division. There
were not a lot of punches thrown in this first round,
but the ones these two did put out there landed often
and with power. Near the end of the second round Ruiz
was all over Reed, so much so that when the bell rang,
he wobbled a bit headed back to his corner.
In the third Ruiz took over where he left off. While
Reed did not go down, referee Ray Corona called a knock
down when the ropes kept Donnis up. A few seconds later,
Corona wisely called a halt to the contest. The time was
:42 seconds of the third round.
Featherweights took to the ring in a fight scheduled to
go four rounds, as we saw Jose Tito Sanchez (4-0, 3 KOs)
going up against Luis Montellano (1-6-2, 1 KO). These
two had a good opening round, with each man scoring
points with accurate punches. The second three minutes
were action-packed, with Sanchez really landing a lot of
leather on Montellano. He had him on the ropes for most
of the round while he delivered his punishments.
In the third Jose continued with his torture of Luis. He
was hitting him everywhere. Montellano was a tough kid
and would try to fight back when he could, but he was
really getting nailed. At the 10-second warning, a
barrage of punches put Luis on the canvas. He got up as
the bell rang ending the round. In the fourth and final
round, referee Jerry Cantu thought Montellano had taken
enough punishment and waved the fight off at 1:18.
In our opening bout we saw Chris Crowley (1-0-1) facing
off against Braulio Avila (2-4) in a super featherweight
fight that was scheduled for four rounds. As to be
expected in a fight this short, both men came out
firing. Crowley landed some good punches, but midway
through the match Avila scored with a huge right hand.
In the second round, Braulio landed a few more good
right hands, but Chris had a flurry of really hard
punches that rocked Avila.
In the third there seemed to be as much holding as there
was punching. Both men seemed a bit tired. We move into
the fourth and final, and Chris came out on the attack.
He landed hard punches throughout the round but was not
able to finish off his opponent. We went to the
scorecards. The judges had it 39-37 twice, and 40-36
once, all for Crowley. He gets his first victory.
This was a pretty short night at Doubletree, and the
obvious star of the show was Ruben Torres. James Early
also gave a winning performance that probably surprised
a lot of people. Donít let his record fool you. This
young man has the goods and the determination, and now
just needs experience and polish.