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Raymundo "Battling" Torres (b. February 17, 1941) was a Mexican junior lightweight who fought from 1957 to 1967. Torres was a great puncher, but could not take a good punch himself. Thus, he was KOed in many of his more important bouts, including his two attempts to capture a world title.
Torres first challenged for the world junior welterweight title when he faced champion Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz prevailed in the hard fought contest when he scored a knock out in the tenth round. Torres' next crack at the title came when he challenged for the vacated WBA light welterweight crown. Although favored to win, he was knocked out in the first round by Roberto Cruz of the Philippines. Cruz lost the title a mere three months later when he was defeated by Edde Perkins and never contended for the title again.
Torres retired with a record of 56 wins (46 by KO) and 9 losses. He was selected for the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.
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