Carrillo stuns Torres
Ringside by Bill Green
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
In his first fight since a unanimous decision loss to veteran Rob "Red Hot" Frankel, Colorado boxing prospect Raul "El Chino" Carrillo (10-1, 6 KOs) stunned New Mexico's Josh "Pittbull" Torres (7-2-1, 4 KOs) with a paralyzing straight right hand in round five, then went on to win a unanimous decision Saturday night at the Boulder County Fairgrounds located in Longmont, Colorado. The bouts were promoted by El Muneco and Ghost Town Promotions.
Boxing fans and media alike questioned if Carrillo could handle a pure boxer or make the proper adjustments in his next bout. Those questions were answered on Saturday night in front of Carrillo's "legion" and loyal hometown fans in Longmont. Carrillo vowed a knockout in an earlier interview with FightNews, but the durable Torres proved to be plenty game.
The early rounds were dictated by Carrillo cutting off the ring and looking to land power shots. Torres stuck to the game plan of throwing flashy combinations and circling away from the much bigger Carrillo. The mid-sized but rambunctious crowd was into this fight from the opening bell as chants of "Chino" and "Pit-Bull" filled the air. Torres, fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, showed he definitely can compete at this level, but seemed to lack the punching power to stop or discourage the determined Carrillo. Torres would land three- and four-punch combinations, but would eat lethal left hooks to the head and body. The scoring was close during rounds one to four, but Carrillo's power and aggression, along with landing the more cleanly effective punches, was the difference.
Torres' camp appeared to like the way the fight was proceeding, urging their fighter to take more chances. In the fifth round, that plan proved to be disastrous. Midway into the round Torres was caught in a bad exchange with Carrillo. After firing a quick three-punch combination to the body, Torres was greeted with a thunderous and crowd-awing straight right hand. Torres was badly hurt but definitely would have made his mentor and late trainer, Johnny Tapia proud. Carrillo pushed for the knockout but Torres survived the round, mostly in credit to his strong conditioning and warrior-like attitude.
In the sixth and final round, Torres and Carrillo lifted fight fans on their feet as both combatants went toe to toe during several exciting exchanges.
As the scorecards were being calculated chants of "Pittbull" resurfaced. Those chants were quickly drowned out by the pro-Carrillo crowd as they believed their hometown hero was moments away from his 10th victory.
Despite recent failures in the sport, the judges had the right man winning the fight, with scores of 59-54 Kugler, 58-56 Short, and 59-55 Waldman, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Raul "El Chino" Carrillo.
After the fight a noticeable "bad blood" dispute between the camps was apparent but the classy Torres put all the drama to the rest by congratulating Carrillo on his win.
Torres stated, "I stuck to the game plan and felt like I was in the fight until I got caught. This was the first time in my career, both pro and amateur, that I have been stunned. However, I hope fans were happy because I fought my heart out."
Carrillo added, "I think that I proved to the media and myself that I can box if necessary, and beat a quick fighter. I wanted the knockout but this guy, right here, is a warrior."
Both fighters embraced and thanked each other for the opportunity, putting a final stamp on a great main event.
Reams wins split decision
In the co-main, pro debuting, former amateur star, Ronnie Reams took on New Mexico's Daniel Calzada (4-3, 1 KO). Reams, from Colorado Springs, dazzled boxing purists by displaying quick hand speed, elusive defensive skills and seasoned moves despite fighting the more experienced Calzada.
The stylish southpaw, Reams, landed quick combinations to, both, the head and body, while evading most of Calzada's shots. Calzada tried to press the action and had minor success along the ropes, but Reams went on to win a split decision with scores of 40-36 Waldman, 39-37 Short, while judge Kugler favored the aggressive Calzada 39-37.
Other undercard results:
Another recognized Colorado amateur star, Jeff "TNT" Spencer, of Colorado Springs, cruised to an easy unanimous decision over Denver's Shane "Warrior" Moore. Spencer displayed a piston-like jab that bloodied the nose of Moore early in the fight. Spencer's dominance continued and he landed sharp left hooks to the head, cruising his way to a unanimous decision. All three judges' cards totaled 40-36. Spencer handled the transition from the amateur ranks to the pros with ease and is yet another Colorado prospect to watch. Spencer improves to 1-0 while Moore drops to 0-1.
In what may have been one of the most exciting and thrilling bouts of the night, South Dakota's John Montgomery jumped on shopworn veteran Allen "Funky Cole" Medina, of Denver, in the first round, producing a painful knockdown moments into the fight. Medina was pummeled in the round, and had zero answer to avoiding the offensive-minded Montgomery in his early assault. Medina rallied in the second and third rounds by weathering the early storm as Montgomery looked fatigued. Both fighters electrified the crowd by fighting what appeared to be a scene right out "Rocky." Huge shots from both fighters gave new meaning to the phrase "hurt business." For what it's worth, Montgomery won a split decision over Medina but the real winners were the fans. Montgomery improves to 2-0 while Medina drops to 9-21-1, 1 KOs.
Former 2008 Armed Forces Champion Nathaniel "Bo Jangles" Hicks, of Colorado Springs, made his pro debut by winning a tough four-round decision over journeyman Naz Rojas, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hicks landed solid combinations throughout the fight but had to rely on his boxing skills to overcome a late charge from Rojas. Hicks improve to 1-0 while Rojas drops to 6-6-1.
Popular Denver fighter Alfredo "Tornado "Romero dropped Justin Danley, also of Denver, in the first round and later in the second, finishing him for good with a booming overhand right and causing a TKO stoppage by referee Shel Gottshall at 1:02. The heavy handed Romero improves to 4-1, 4 KOs, while Danley remains winless at 0-5.
The opening bout between pro debut fighters and Denver fighters Marco Moreno and Élan Simon was declared a majority draw. The action and rounds were very close with Moreno landing volume punches and Simon relying on power shots. The decision was heavily booed as fight fans may have expected a clear cut winner.