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Kevin Torres, Mark DeLuca Win Bouts in Tijuana, Mexico

Junior welterweight prospect Kevin Torres dropped Jose Cuevas once en route to a one-sided decision victory Saturday night at the Cancha de Beisbol IMDET in Tijuana, Mexico.

Scores were 80-71, 80-71 and 79-72 for Torres, who improves to 17-1-1, 14 knockouts.

The 23-year-old Torres was never in any real trouble, dropping Cuevas once in round 5. Cuevas continued to be game throughout the fight but Torres skill-set was superior to that of Cuevas.

Torres, who resides in Bellingham, Washington, has now won his last seven fights since suffering his only loss as a pro at the hands of Jorge Alberto Brito in November 2018.

The 21-year-old Cuevas falls to 13-2-1, 11 KOs. He has fought all his pro fights in his hometown of Tijuana.

In a clash of unbeaten bantamweight prospects, Carlos Lopez of Bahia de Banderas, Mexico defeated Breenan Rhys Macias by unanimous decision.

Scores were 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75 for Lopez, who improves to 13-0-2, 4 KOs.

The fight was on fairly even terms up until the midway point of the fight. From round 5 until the final bell sounded, Lopez dictated the pace of the fight and landed the more-effective punches.

Macias, who resides in Goodyear, Arizona and is managed by Mikey Garcia, drops to 7-1-2, 4 KOs.

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Fringe junior middleweight contender Mark DeLuca defeated Ramon Barajas by unanimous decision.

Scores were 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54 in favor of DeLuca, who improves to 26-2, 14 KOs. The 32-year-old has won his last two bouts since losing by knockout in round 7 to Kell Brook, which took place on February 8.

Barajas, who resides in Tepic, Mexico, drops to 12-21, 4 KOs and has now lost his last five fights.

Lightweight Manuel Rey Rojas of Dallas, Texas knocked out veteran Jorge Luis Alvarez in round 2 to improve to 20-4, 6 KOs.

Rojas dropped Alvarez face-first to the canvas with a straight right hand to the chin. Referee Angel Mendez Ramos began to administer an eight-count but waved off the fight at 1:23.

Alvarez, who also resides in Tepic, Mexico, falls to 3-10-1, 2 KOs.

In light heavyweight action, Elio German Rafael (16-3, 10 KOs), who is originally from Argentina and now resides in Mexico City, won by knockout after Alan Carrillo (11-5, 8 KOs) of Tijuana did not answer the bell for round 7.

Junior welterweight Angel Israel Rodriguez of Pico Rivera, California improved to 7-0, 4 KOs by notching a vicious second round knockout victory Tepic’s Alfredo Diaz (4-4, 4 KOs). A left hook to the head dropped Diaz to the canvas, prompting referee Angel Mendez Ramos to immediately stop the bout at 1:33.

Junior lightweight Mario Ramirez of nearby Camalu defeated Guadalajara’s Adalberto Garcia (6-12-5, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Ramirez, who improves to 14-1-1, 4 KOs.

The nine-bout card was promoted by Borizteca Boxing in association with Grito de Guerra Boxing Promotions.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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