Torres Wins the Battle of the Ruben’s at New Blood

Barbara Pinnella

Barbara lives in USA and tries to cover as many fights as she can – which is never enough! She has been writing about boxing since the first series of The Contender, where she interviewed the loser of each match each week, and then the winner of the final bout and has been covering boxing ever since.

Follow Barbara Pinnella on: Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

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 the round.


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 two.

See Also

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 doesn’t look like his paper record. Sanchez did land some punches, but they were not as crisp as one might expect.

james early

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 for Sanchez.

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.

leo ruiz

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.

jose sanchez

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.

Chris Crowley

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. Don’t let his record fool you. This young man has the goods and the determination, and now just needs experience and polish.

Photos courtesy of Cynthia Saldana

Read more articles about:

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.



Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren open negotiations for all-British fights

Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren open negotiations for all-British fights

Eddie Hearn has spoken to Frank Warren over the phone with a view to arranging a meeting to discuss cross-promotional opportunities. Earlier this week Warren issued a media statement calling for the rival promoters to work together to match boxers…

David Benavidez to defend super middleweight title against Alexis Angulo…

David Benavidez to defend super middleweight title against Alexis Angulo on August 15

WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez 22-0 (19) will defend his title against Alexis Angulo 26-1 (22) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on August 15 live on Showtime. The 23-year-old power puncher was last in action in…

Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko negotiations reach an impasse

Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko negotiations reach an impasse

Negotiations for the highly anticipated fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko 14-1 (10) and Teofimo Lopez 15-0 (12) have reached an impasse that could see the October 3 card in Las Vegas scrapped. IBF champion Lopez has reportedly been offered $1.2 mil…

Anthony Joshua reveals he told Tyson Fury not to worry…

Anthony Joshua reveals he told Tyson Fury not to worry about Oleksandr Usyk in Marbella

Anthony Joshua has revealed what was discussed when he ran into Tyson Fury in Marbella, Spain recently. The heavyweight rivals ran into each other while on holidays with Fury stopping to chat with Joshua, who was taking a walk. WBA, IBF and WBO…

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev being targeted for first weekend…

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev being targeted for first weekend of December

Eddie Hearn is still holding out hope that the fight between unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 23-1 (21) and Kubrat Pulev 28-1 (14) will take place in front of a live crowd. The WBA, IBF and WBO champion is due to make a mandatory defenc…

Callum Smith remains frontrunner to face Canelo Alvarez, says Eddie…

Callum Smith remains frontrunner to face Canelo Alvarez, says Eddie Hearn

WBA super middleweight champion Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith 27-0 (19) remains the leading contender to face Mexican superstar and world middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 53-1-2 (36) later this year, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn. But th…


Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24