Boxer leaves little doubt

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After seeing fellow Augusta Boxing Club member Doctress Robinson drop a controversial decision four bouts before him, Nicholas Torrance decided not to leave any doubt about the winner of his fight.

Torrance dominated his foe, Gregory Young from Ontario, at the Ringside/Comcast Boys/Girls Junior International Summer Boxing Classic on Saturday. He won the 13-14 year-old, 114-pound division title by a unanimous decision.

"He did everything good," said professional boxer Rayonta Whitfield, who worked the corner for both Robinson and Torrance. "We stuck to our game plan and he executed it."

Torrance's game plan was the same one that the American boxers had been using all weekend against the Canadians: get inside.

Using patience followed by a ferocious flurry of punches, Torrance overpowered Young throughout the three-round bout, leading to a 5-0 judges' decision in his favor and a successful defense of his title.

"He was really tall and lanky," said the 14-year-old, who is also a champion kickboxer. "I started out throwing a lot of jabs on the inside. Later in the fight, he started to try to come in close, so I just stepped back and countered."

Torrance's win helped erase some of the bitterness that the Augusta Boxing Club staff and members were left with following Robinson's heartbreaking 3-2 split decision to Florida's Teofimo Lopez in the 11-12 year-old, 90-pound division final.

During what was for the most part a slow-paced bout, Robinson appeared -- at least in the eyes of the Augusta crowd -- to have done enough to pull out the victory.

Yet the decision went to Lopez, ending Robinson's bid for a championship repeat.

"This one just makes you scratch your head," Augusta Boxing Club director Tom Moraetes said. "There's nothing else (Robinson) could have done to win the fight. Sometimes I wonder what fight the judges are looking at."

In Friday's semifinals, Rob-inson scored a revenge victory over Elijah Holyfield, son of former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Elijah Holyfield had beaten Robinson less than a year ago, by a decision that was also highly disputed.

Reach Joey Jones at (706) 823-3304 or joey.jones@augustachronicle.com.


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