Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New champ Brian Bowles

LAS VEGAS – Unfortunately for Miguel Torres, the debate over his standing in the worldwide pound-for-pound fighter rankings, a potential move up in weight class, and fantasy matchmaking with other WEC champs have been put on ice.

Challenger Brian Bowles derailed the former bantamweight kingpin's future plans with a stunning first-round knockout in the main event of Sunday's WEC 42 event.

The upset special snapped Torres' impressive 17-fight win streak and shocked me Torres is one of my favorite fighters and I looked for him to shine in this fight.

But despite the lowkey fighter's undefeated record and knack for finishing opponents, few gave Bowles much of a chance heading into Sunday's event. Oddsmakers tapped him a 3-to-1 underdog, and many fight fans were already discussing Torres potential next opponent before the Bowles fight, originally scheduled for April but postponed because of a back injury sustained by the challenger, even took place.

But the 29-year-old Hardcore Gym fighter needed less than four minutes to topple the mighty ex-champ.

Bowles, who traded big blows with the champ in the opening minutes of the bout, struck early with a right hand that wobbled Torres. The champ recovered, but Bowles struck again later in the round while countering a flurry. Torres hit the mat, and Bowles unloaded a barrage of blows until referee Josh Rosenthal could allow no more and awarded the TKO victory.

Thats why I love this sport, You never know what can happen on any given night.

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