Ricardo Torres (32-1-28 KOs) of Barranquilla, Columbia, is defending his WBO Junior Welterweight Champion title against Kendall Holt (23-2-12 KOs) of Patterson, N.J. on July 5 at Planet Hollywood’s Theater of the Performing Arts.
The last fight between Torres and Holt was tough. Holt was ahead in the earlier card, knocking down Torres with a left-right combination in the sixth round. Torres got up, and continued fighting but wasn’t ahead on the scorecards from the sixth to the ninth rounds. In the 10th, he scored a winning round, and in the 11th executed a left hook that sent Holt to the mat.
Holt got up, but Torres delivered a combination of punches that had the referee stop the fight in 2:24 of the 11th round. Anything can happen in the sport of boxing. Torres and Holt are two tough fighters and will be in a definite war that will have fans on the edges of their seats.
In a pre-fight press conference at Planet Hollywood, both fighters displayed excellent sportsmanship. Torres respects Holt.
“He’s a tough fighter. The last fight he definitely hurt me in the sixth. He caught me real well, but I got up and fought,” Torres said, adding, “I knew I was behind on the scorecard, so I went for the knockout.”
Torres says that this fight will be a much better fight.
Holt said that he’s in better shape and will be pushing the fight.
“July Fourth will be a big bang in Las Vegas, but on July 5, I’m taking the title home with me.”
Also included on the fight card is a special 10-round Junior Welterweight attraction between Lamont Peterson (24-0-11 KOs) of Washington, D.C., takes on Rogelio Castaneda (24-13-3-8 KOs) of Tijuana , Mexico.