Richard Torrez Jr. concludes every training camp confident that he can outlast any heavyweight on the planet.
That claim will be put to the test in due time. For now, he’s not offering any apologies for not yet having the chance to prove it.
Two pro fights so far for the 2020 Olympic Silver medalist have lasted a combined 5:21 worth of ring time. His blitzing of Robert Zavala Jr. on July 15 was quick enough—just 0:58—that Top Rank saw fit to have the 23-year-old southpaw from Tulare, California placed on this weekend’s ESPN-televised show at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I’m going to use and abuse all of the conditioning I have,” Torrez explained to BoxingScene.com. “If I don’t get you out of there in the first round, I’m going to push even harder in the second and then again after that.
“I wasn’t really surprised about how quick the fights ended. I know the work I put in my training camp. I just want to show people right from the first round what I’m made of. I wish I could show a little more.”
Torrez (2-0, 2KOs) is matched with Mexico’s Marco Antonio Canedo (4-2, 2KOs), opening a televised tripleheader. The fight is scheduled for six rounds, as was the case for his pro debut in March and again this past July. Torrez didn’t even come close to needing that much time, showing the same bruising power that was on display in his run towards the super heavyweight finals in last summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
The lone form of adversity he’s faced thus far is suffering a cut in the opening round of his pro debut, enough to keep him out of the ring four months though already making up for lost time. However long or short the fight lasts, Torrez is prepared to be brought back as soon as possible. It’s the best way to show what he brings to the ring in the event his opponents continue to fall well short of forcing him to go rounds.
“Everyone thinks the first round, you die out. I get stronger as the rounds go on,” noted Torrez. “I hope everyone sees it. I’m one-hundred percent confident that I’m the best conditioned fighter in the heavyweight division. I’m eating right, I’m healthy. My conditioning is one hundred percent there.
“I want to show everyone that I’m a force to be reckoned with. I hope I get another fight this year. It’s what I do. This is my job and I love my job. I’ll fight as often as Top Rank wants me to.”
Headlining the show, Jose Pedraza (29-4, 14KOs) and Richard Commey (30-4, 27KOs) collide in a ten-round battle of former titlists hoping to remain in contention at junior welterweight.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox