2009-02-13 / Sports

Torres Return To Ring Proves Victorious

By Elio Velez

Luis Torres steps out of the ring at Club Amazura after winning in the first round of the Golden Gloves. Luis Torres steps out of the ring at Club Amazura after winning in the first round of the Golden Gloves. Luis Torres entered the boxing ring in the first round of the Daily News Golden Glove at Club Amazura in Jamaica last Tuesday night admittedly not at 100 percent.

Circumstances outside the ring had hampered his preparation weeks prior to his 178-pound novice contest against Ioannis Michaelides. But with personal matters finally settled, Torres had no hesitation in fulfilling his commitment to return to the ring.

The reward for his perseverance was victory as the 5-7 Torres outpunched the taller 6-foot Michaelides to gain a unanimous 3-round decision win.

After Torres arms were raised in victory, he stepped out of the ring and warmly hugged his girlfriend Anamaria and his 6-year old son Isaiah. It was just as satisfying to see them as it was to gain his first victory in the Golden Gloves.

"I knew I was going to come in here no matter what, but I didn't know I was going to perform to my capabilities," a jubilant Torres said.

Torres, who had taken off a year from the ring after breaking the rotataor cuff in his right arm, suffered the flu three weeks prior to his scheduled fight.

The first week he acquired the cold, the 28-year old lost five pounds. After another week, Torres, who works at Boardwalk Bagel on 108 Street, finally recovered the strength to resume training.

But when his 5-year old son Isaiah suffered an asthmatic attack, and was admitted the hospital for three days, dreams of winning a Golden Gloves title was close to being dashed.

"I'm thinking the Golden Gloves is down the drain. My son is sick; I don't have the time to train. But while I was home, I had a treadmill and I got a boxing bag. I put a little work in but it didn't satisfy me," Torres said.

But with his son fully recovered, Torres' path to the ring was set and he had a plan. He was aggressive against Michaelides. A southpaw in the ring, Torres used his right hand without pain to effectively throw enough jabs and combinations.

Torres, whose nickname is "Rhino", thinks the best is yet to come.

"I'm going to the Garden. What I did in there was 75 percent, so if I go 100 percent, there is trouble. There is trouble. Because I wasn't as fast as I am. I'm fast, but not in there," Torres

"They call me 'Rhino' because I never back up. I keep going forward."

18-year old Kenyatta Harris had a tough going in his debut on Tuesday night. His 178-pound novice opponent DeVaun Lee was the aggressor and set the tone which gave him the advantage in winning a unanimous 3-round decision.

Harris is trained by his father Kenyatta Harris Sr., a trainer with the Rockaway Ropes Boxing Club.

Lee had sparred with Harris a week prior and that knowledge helped him defeat the Rockaway resident.

"I knew the fight was close. I knew he won the first, I won the second but I thought the third round was close. What can I say?" Harris said. "I got the best of him last week; he was the better man tonight."

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