Surprising contender Armando Torres gets a hometown runout against Juan Alejo and comes through a spirited battle
The unlikely flyweight/light flyweight contender Armando Torres kept his win-streak intact with a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision over Juan Alejo in Mexico City.
Alejo fought to win and saw his early success drift away once the on-charging Torres found a home for his uppercut and left hook. Both boxers stumbled under each other’s power, but held their footing in search of victory. A clash of heads late, left Torres with a cut high on his scalp. The eighth round was the best of the night as Torres dominated the action with uppercuts and left hooks, but Alejo’s bravery kept bringing him back for more.
Abner Mares, the guest score-keeper for Telemundo, saw the contest 96-94 for Torres. The three judges at ringside saw it wider for the rated contender by scores of 99-92, 98-93, and 98-92. Alejo clapped openly as Torres was announced the winner, but his effort should not be overlooked in spite of the scores.
Torres stepped into the ring ranked #11 by the WBC. Much of this was on the strength of his stunning first-round KO over Ganigan Lopez last October.
In chatting with Torres over social media, he revealed the cut was treated with 10 stitches. Its location should not have any negative bearing on future bouts, but he acknowledged it became difficult to see late in the fight due to the blood flow. He affirmed that all is fine now that victory has been secured.
Torres, 39, advanced his record to 26-18 (19). His dream is still to fight for the world title against Kenshiro Teraji. He weighed in as a flyweight for Alejo, but shedding the weight for a light-flyweight title bout shouldn’t be a worry. Torres won at home in his native Mexico City.
Alejo, 36, fell to 25-7-1 (14). The Nuevo Leon native gave his all and should provide his fans with plenty more action.