This past Saturday night at the Omega Products International Event Center in Corona, CA, Thompson Boxing held it’s popular “Path To Glory” event in front of a sold out crowd. Ruben “Ace” Torres (19-0, 16 KOs) defeated Cristian Baez (18-2, 17 KOs) in their scheduled 10-round lightweight main event.
From the opening round, both fighters we in some heated exchanges, setting the tone for a spectacular fight. Torres was hit with a powerful left hook from Baez at the end of round one but showed an incredible chin. In round two, both fighters scored knockdowns, Torres landed a left hook, sending Baez to the canvas.
Baez recovered and followed up with a knockdown of his own as he landed a left hook-right hand combo to Torres’ head. In the middle rounds, Baez was starting to take over the fight as he was landing powerful left hooks to the body and head, a punch Torres was trying to adjust to. In round seven, Torres scored a flash knockdown with a straight right hand. When Baez got up, the referee made sure he was ok, before letting both fighters return to action. In an incredible turn of events, Baez made the mistake of trying to touch gloves and was blasted with a deadly left hook by Torres and was brutally knocked out. Time of the knockout was the 1:53 mark of round seven.
“They always say protect yourself at all times,” said Torres. “This is boxing and fighters like myself are always on the attack. The referee gave the signal to start fighting again and I came out guns blazing, especially after I knocked him down. I hit him with a left hook and that was it, the fight was over. I’m ready to move on to bigger and better fights as I march up the rankings.”
Photo: Carlos Baeza – Thompson Boxing Promotions