Young Torres fights for Junior Olympic Qualification



Westmorland continued its tradition of raising boxing talent as the town’s own Isaiah Torres continues his amateur boxing career, this time looking to become the second boxer to train under Ernie “Mono” Fierro to make it past the regional round of Junior Olympic qualification, the first being Ronald Gray in 1982.

Initially Torres had hoped to be in this position last year but a wrist/hand injury forced him out of the 2015 District championship needed to qualify for Regionals.

On April 2nd of this year though, Torres finally had his shot in the ring, earning his spot at the Regional by winning the district title in Chula Vista, California.

“It felt good to get out there because I missed out on that opportunity last year due to my injured wrist and thumb,” said Torres of his District victory.

Up next, Torres is in preparations for his next round of Junior Olympic qualifications, scheduled for May 21-22 in Chula Vista.

“I feel blessed to be able to be trained by one of the most influential men in Westmorland (Ernie “Mono” Fierro) and also by Baja Boxing’s trainer Raul Lau,” said Torres who trains with both the Westmorland B.A.D. as well as Calexico’s Baja Boxing Club. “Come Regionals, I will try my best to make them both proud.”

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