Ricardo Torres (boxer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Torres and the second or maternal family name is Tafur.
Ricardo Torres
Statistics
Real name Ricardo Antonio Torres Tafur
Nickname(s) Mochuelo (grey seedeater)
Rated at Super lightweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (172 cm)
Nationality Colombia Colombian
Born (1980-02-16) February 16, 1980 (age 37)
Magangué, Bolívar, Colombia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 33
Wins by KO 29
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests 0

Ricardo Antonio Torres Tafur (born February 16, 1980), is a former boxer from Magangué, Bolívar, Colombia. He was managed by Billy Chams, owner of the Barranquilla-based firm Cuadrilátero. His brother, Jose Miguel Torres, is also a professional boxer.

During his childhood, Torres wanted to be a professional soccer player, but his father, who practiced boxing in the seventies, encouraged Ricardo to switch gears and concentrate on boxing.

Fight career[edit]

Torres began boxing professionally in 2001 and had a torrid streak of 28 consecutive victories with 26 KO's before losing by KO in a vicious battle with Miguel Angel Cotto for the WBO Light Welterweight Title. Torres had Cotto knocked down once during the fight. After the loss to Cotto, he took on Mike Arnaoutis for the same WBO Light Welterweight Title vacated by Cotto and won the belt with a narrow split decision.

First Defense

Date: April 28, 2007.

Place: Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia, at Coliseo de la Universidad del Norte.

Opponent: Arturo Morua, from Mexico.

Outcome: Torres won by Unanimous Decision.

Second Defense

Date: September 1, 2007.

Place: Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia, at Salón Jumbo del Country Club.

Opponent: Kendall Holt, from the United States of America.

Outcome: Torres won by technical knockout in the eleventh round, amid controversy.

Third Defense

Date: July 5, 2008

Place: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Opponent: Kendall Holt

Outcome: Torres was knocked out 61 seconds into the fight. Before the knock out Torres had sent Kendall Holt to the canvas twice.

Professional record[edit]

33 Wins (29 knockouts), 2 Losses, 0 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
57 Win 52–4–1 United States Shelby Gross KO 1 (10), 0:32 Feb 8, 2008 United Arab Emirates Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai, UAE
56 Win 51–4–1 United States Roderick Willis SD 10 Oct 31, 2007 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
55 Win 50–4–1 United States Rich Boruff TKO 1 (8), 1:34 Aug 16, 2007 Panama Figali Convention Center, Panama City, Panama
54 Win 49–4–1 United States Sedreck Fields UD 10 Mar 16, 2007 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
53 Win 48–4–1 United States Cliff Couser KO 1 (10), 1:36 Dec 9, 2006 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
52 Win 47–4–1 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov TKO 9 (12), 2:08 Dec 9, 2004 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Won vacant WBA–NABA and WBC Continental Americas heavyweight titles
51 Loss 46–4–1 Cuba Eliseo Castillo UD 10 Jul 3, 2004 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.
50 Win 46–3–1 Brazil Jose Arimatea da Silva TKO 7 (10) Jan 17, 2004 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
49 Win 45–3–1 Brazil Rogério Lobo KO 1 (10), 1:04 Aug 23, 2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
48 Win 44–3–1 United States Otis Tisdale UD 10 Mar 29, 2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
47 Loss 43–3–1 New Zealand David Tua KO 1 (10), 0:30 Aug 17, 2002 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
46 Win 43–2–1 United States Robert Davis UD 10 Feb 16, 2002 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
45 Win 42–2–1 United States Terry Porter TKO 4 (10), 1:11 Dec 9, 2001 United States Great Plains Coliseum, Lawton, Oklahoma, U.S.
44 Draw 41–2–1 United States Dale Crowe TD 5 (10), 0:35 Jul 27, 2001 United States Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, U.S. TD after Crowe sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
43 Win 41–2 United States Terrence Lewis TKO 2 (10), 2:42 Jan 12, 2001 United States Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma, U.S.
42 Win 40–2 United States Lorenzo Boyd TKO 4 (9), 1:22 Nov 17, 2000 United States Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Iowa, U.S.
41 Loss 39–2 United States Evander Holyfield RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Nov 8, 1997 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost IBF heavyweight title;
For WBA heavyweight title
40 Win 39–1 United States Vaughn Bean MD 12 Mar 29, 1997 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF heavyweight title
39 Win 38–1 South Africa Francois Botha TKO 12 (12), 0:18 Nov 9, 1996 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF heavyweight title
38 Win 37–1 Germany Axel Schulz SD 12 Jun 22, 1996 Germany Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany Won vacant IBF heavyweight title
37 Win 36–1 United States Melvin Foster UD 10 May 13, 1995 United States ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.
36 Loss 35–1 United States George Foreman KO 10 (12), 2:03 Nov 5, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles
35 Win 35–0 United States Evander Holyfield MD 12 Apr 24, 1994 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles
34 Win 34–0 United States Mike Evans UD 10 Dec 4, 1993 United States Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
33 Win 33–0 United States James Pritchard TKO 3 (10), 2:46 Jun 22, 1993 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
32 Win 32–0 United States Frankie Swindell TKO 3 (10), 1:42 Apr 27, 1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
31 Win 31–0 United States James Smith UD 10 Feb 27, 1993 United States Showboat, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
30 Win 30–0 United States Billy Wright TKO 2 (10), 1:26 Nov 13, 1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
29 Win 29–0 United States Bert Cooper TKO 5 (12), 2:21 May 15, 1992 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant WBO heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0 United States Edwin Vazquez TKO 1 (10), 0:58 Mar 17, 1992 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
27 Win 27–0 United States Ulises Villalobos UD 10 Feb 1, 1992 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 United States Reynaldo Esquivia RTD 1 (10), 3:00 Nov 23, 1991 United States Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Jamaica Ignacio Solar TKO 4 (10), 1:54 Jul 27, 1991 United States The Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 United States Luis Cardozo TKO 3 (10), 2:49 Jun 25, 1991 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 United States Reynaldo Duran TKO 2 (10), 1:52 Apr 19, 1991 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Canada Facundo David Tolosa UD 10 Dec 15, 1990 United States Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Placido Coneo TKO 3 (10), 0:55 Aug 21, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Argentina Eliseo Ferias KO 1 (12), 1:52 Apr 28, 1990 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Manuel Dominguez RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Feb 3, 1990 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Gilberto Mena TKO 6 (12), 2:07 Dec 12, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 United States Emilio Julio Julio KO 1 (12), 1:46 Nov 16, 1989 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Trinidad and Tobago Feder Guerrero TKO 8 (12), 2:05 Jun 25, 1989 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Puerto Rico Reynaldo Duran TKO 1 (12), 2:39 Apr 22, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Raul Barrios TKO 6 (12), 2:50 Feb 19, 1989 United States High School Gym, Monessen, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
13 Win 13–0 Colombia Pedro Julio TKO 2 (12) Jan 14, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Retained WBO light heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Colombia Orlando Solano TKO 5 (6), 2:37 Dec 3, 1988 United States Brook Park, Ohio, U.S. Won vacant WBO light heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Colombia Humberto Harrera KO 1 Nov 4, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Colombia Reynaldo Duran TKO 1 Oct 17, 1988 United States Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Colombia Manuel Dominguez TKO 2 Oct 7, 1988 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Colombia Juan Nieto TKO 2 Aug 12, 1988 United States The Eagles Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Colombia Elias Ruiz PTS 4 Aug 6, 1988 United States Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Colombia Raul Barrios TKO 2 Jun 25, 1988 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Colombia Eliseo Ferias TKO 2 (4) Jun 6, 1988 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Colombia Ramon Otero TKO 2 May 10, 1988 United States Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Colombia Dario Ramos KO 1 (6) Apr 29, 1988 United States Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Colombia Juan Villadiego TKO 1 Mar 25, 1988 United States Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Colombia Ramon Otero TKO 1 (4), 2:26 Mar 4, 1988 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Professional debut

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Preceded by
Miguel Angel Cotto
Vacated
WBO Light Welterweight Champion
October 18, 2006-July 5, 2008
Succeeded by
Kendall Holt