View Full Version : Holt's chance to settle score with Torres comes on Saturday

07-05-2008, 08:47 PM
When Kendall Holt made a trip to Barranquilla, Colombia, to face hometown junior welterweight titlist Ricardo Torres as the mandatory challenger last September, he figured he'd be in for a tough fight.

However, the Paterson, N.J., native didn't expect to be in a situation where the ring would be showered with beer, water and soda during the fight. He didn't expect to be nailed with a beer bottle during the sixth round. And he surely didn't expect to be the victim of a suspect 11th-round stoppage by referee Geno Rodriguez, who appeared intimidated by Torres' rowdy fans at the Jumbo Saloon Country Club, where security was essentially nonexistent.

Holt had knocked Torres down in the sixth -- before he was hit with a bottle thrown from ringside -- and was leading 98-91 and 95-94 on two of the official scorecards while Torres led 95-94 on the third, going into the 11th. That's when Torres knocked Holt down and later stopped him on his feet as he tried to gain his balance on an excessively wet canvas, which Rodriguez never called timeout to have wiped down, amid the mayhem of flying debris.

The Holt camp also contends that, at another point in the 11th, a member of Torres' camp reached through the ropes and pulled Holt's leg, nearly dragging him to the canvas.

After an arduous campaign for a rematch -- in America -- Holt finally has one Saturday night. The fight at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, billed "No Excuses," will air on a special edition of "ShoBox: The New Generation" (Showtime, 11 ET/PT).

07-06-2008, 07:35 PM
LAS VEGAS -- Kendall Holt survived two knockdowns in the first 35 seconds, then landed a right that stopped Ricardo Torres just over a minute into the first round to capture the WBO junior welterweight championship Saturday night.

The Colombian fighter stopped Holt last September in their first 140-pound title fight, and dropped him with a right to the head just 15 seconds into this one. Holt was knocked down a second time moments later, and Torres could have been deducted a point when he took a swipe at the American as he tried to stand back up.

Not that it would have mattered.

Holt regrouped and landed a left to the body that forced Torres to drop his hands and fall backward off balance. The usually light-hitting Holt then landed a looping right to the head that draped Torres over the bottom rope, prompting referee Jay Nady ref to stop the bout at 1:01 of the first round.

The 27-year-old Holt improved to 24-2 with 13 knockouts, getting a bit of payback for a suspect loss to Torres in his hometown of Barranquilla last September. Holt was leading on all three judges' scorecards when that fight was halted.

The 28-year-old Torres (32-2) was defending his version of the junior welterweight title for the third time since winning it in November 2006.

07-06-2008, 07:39 PM
I was expecting more of a fight, but heck for people that care a lot about being entertained, this was your type of fight. Two knockdowns in the first round, and a knockout in the first to end the fight. A lot of action packed in three minutes. Still a good fight to see.

Baseball man
07-08-2008, 08:44 PM
I watched this fight too, it really was jam packed exciting fun. I was expecting this one to end at around 8 or 9, but it ended in the first in a great great fight.