Fairfield’s Justin Rolfe was not knocked down, but fell by first-round technical knockout to unbeaten Steven Torres in their scheduled four-round heavyweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. afternoon.
The nationally televised bout, marking the first time Rolfe fought outside of New England, was on the map of a Fox Sports / Premier Boxing Champions promotion starring the Manny Pacquaio-Yordenis battle. Ugas for the World Boxing Association super-welterweight title scheduled for later. In the evening.
Rolfe, now 6-3-1 with four knockouts, had won three of his last four fights and two in a row on his Las Vegas debut, including a unanimous victory over Jose Corral in late June to capture the American Boxing Federation Atlantic. heavyweight title.
Rolfe, 29, entered the match against Torres as an underdog, in part because his opponent is backed by Premier Boxing Champions founder Al Haymon. But at 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, Torres, 23, also had an 8-inch advantage over the 5-foot-10 Rolfe, 257 1/2 pounds as well as an 11-inch (81-70) take. advantage.
Rolfe, a former New England heavyweight champion, looked to work his way inside against Torres in the opening minutes of the fight and landed several left hooks at his taller opponent.
But Torres picked up the pace with about 90 seconds left in the three-minute lap and landed a succession of right hands on the body and head.
This prompted referee Robert Hoyle to stop the fight with 27 seconds before the bell to complete the round, triggering a modest protest from Rolfe.
The victory improved Torres’ record to 5-0, with all of his victories by either KO or TKO.
Torres, a product of Reading, Pa., Started boxing at the age of 12 in an effort to lose weight and eventually went from a maximum of 410 pounds to his current fight weight of 250.
The Torres-Rolfe bout was originally planned on the map of a July 24 fight between heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, but the title fight was postponed to October 9 after Fury tested positive for COVID-19 during training camp.
The postponement allowed Torres to sparring with Wilder in preparation for his fight with Rolfe.