Tulare-native and Olympian Richard Torrez Jr. will once again fight in front of Central Valley fans.
Top Rank Boxing announced Tuesday that Torrez Jr. will open the main card for Avenal-native Jose Ramirez’s March 25 bout at the Save Mart Center.
The big picture: Torrez Jr. is coming off a first round knockout over James Bryant last Friday, improving his record to 5-0 with all five victories coming by way of knockout.
- The heavyweight made his pro debut at the Save Mart Center last March, and his young professional career has also taken him to Madison Square Garden last October, where he fought his longest match yet – a third round knockout of Ahmed Hefny.
What we’re watching: Torrez Jr. will face Willie Jake Jr. in a six round bout in March. Jake Jr. is 11-3-2 with three knockouts and will come into the match with three-straight victories.
- Following Torrez’s bout, Ramirez will take on Richard “RC” Commey (30-4-1, 27 KO) in the headliner junior welterweight showdown. Ramirez holds a 27-1 record with 17 knockouts and has not fought since he defeated Jose Pedraza last March at the Save Mart Center.
- Torrez Jr.’s fight will be broadcast on ESPN and starts at 7 p.m.
What they’re saying: “It was a dream come true to fight at Save Mart Center, and I can’t wait to do it again,” Torrez Jr. said. “I’m improving with every fight, and I want to thank Top Rank for keeping me busy and giving me the opportunity to fight at home in the Central Valley.”