Boxing

Torrez’s ESPN debut bout ended in a mere 58 seconds. Here’s what happened.

Richard Torrez Jr.’s second professional fight went much smoother than his pro debut.

The 2021 Olympic silver medalist stopped overmatched Roberto Zavala Jr. just 58 seconds into their six-round heavyweight fight Friday at Pechanga Resort Casino.

The left-handed Torrez tattooed the shorter, slower Zavala with several flush punches, which quickly caused referee Eddie Hernandez Sr. to step between them and end their fight.

Zavala (2-2-1, 2 KOs), of Del Rio, Texas, remained on his feet when their brief bout was halted and protested the stoppage.

Torrez, of Tulare, California, dropped Allen Melson three times and knocked him out in the second round of Torrez’s pro debut March 4 at Fresno State University’s Save Mart Center.

Melson (6-4, 3 KOs), of Gadsden, Alabama, was wild and awkward, but Torrez handled him well after suffering a significant cut along his right eyebrow just before the first round ended.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.