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Ana Maria Torres


5'4" bantamweight Ana María Torres was born on January 25 1980 in Neza, México and fights out of México City. She is trained by Jose Morales, the father of Erik Morales.

She made her pro debut on July 3, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, with a four-round split (39-37, 39-38, 37-39) decision over Mariana Juárez in a 49-kg (jr. flyweight) bout.

On September 15, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, Ana María (119 lbs) won by a third-round TKO over Erika Juarez (118 lbs) of México who fell to 1-1.

On December 11, 1999 at La Arena México in México City, Ana María Torres and Mariana Juárez fought to a four-round draw in a rematch of their fight on July 3 (which was on the first women's card to be sanctioned since the City lifted its ban on women's boxing).

On February 12, 2000 in Mexico City, Mexico Ana María won a third-round TKO over Maribel Zamora in a scheduled four-round bantamweight contest. Zamora fell to 0-3 with the loss.

On June 2, 2000 in Irapuato, Guanajuato, México, Ana María won a four-round decision over Berenice Chavez, who fell to 1-3-1.

On June 12, 2001 at Salon 21 in Polanco, México, Ana María Torres moved to 5-0-1 (3 KO's) with a second round TKO over Miriam Serrano who fell to 0-2.

On July 12, 2001 in Tijuana, México, Ana Maria TKO'd pro debuter Elizabeth Ruiz in the second round of a bantamweight bout.

Ana María vs. Mariana Juárez in June 2002

On June 26, 2002 at Salon 21 in Polanco, México, 2000 fans saw Ana María win a close ten-round unanimous decision in a rematch with Mariana Juárez who fell to 7-2-2 (5 KO). This hard-fought bout for the vacant Mexican bantamweight title was the third between Torres and Juárez. “When I fought for the Mexican title the arena was full,” said Juarez, "it was the most exciting fight I’ve ever fought but there was little boxing.”

On February 22, 2003 at Plaza México, México City, México, Ana María won a second-round TKO over Ofelia Dominguez, who fell to 0-4-1. 

On May 19, 2003 at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, México, Ana María won by an eighth round TKO in a bantamweight bout with Berenice Chavez of México City, who fell to 1-7-2 (0 KO).

On November 13, 2003 at Fort Cheyenne Casino in North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, a scheduled non-title bout between Ana María and then #1 ranked bantamweight Ada Velez of Puerto Rico did not take place because of visa problems for Torres.

On February 13, 2004 at Auditorio Municipal in Mexicali, México, Ivonne Muñoz Leon (116¾ lbs) of México City won a ten-round unanimous decision over Ana María (114¾ lbs) for Torres's Mexican bantamweight title. Munoz was now 6-1-1 (2 KO).

Ana María vs. LaKeysha Williams in March 2004
© Copyrighted photograph by Mary Ann Owen

On March 26, 2004 at Fort Cheyenne Casino Event Center, North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Ana María (120 lbs) TKO'd LaKeysha Williams (119 lbs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 3:00 in the fourth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Torres started slowly using a slow jab, which Williams countered effectively with wide rights. Williams was able to land on Torres in the early part of the second with jabs followed by the looping right. However, Torres soon began to feint before coming forward, to get Williams out of position for her counter shots. Torres then began to find her way inside on a forward-leaning Williams with body shots, followed by big uppercuts that forced Williams to tighten up her defense. Torres's body punching then became the story of the fight as Torres gained confidence coming forward to land hard hooks to the American's body. Williams, whose face began to redden and swell from Torres' bombardment, was forced to begin holding Torres. Torres' body shots still took their toll, however, and referee Kenny Bayless stopped the bout at the end of the fourth with Williams clearly in trouble. Torres was now 10-1-1 (7 KO) while Williams fell to 7-6-2 (1 KO). (For more of Mary Ann Owen's photos and video of this fight and its weigh-in see WBAN Members Photo/MPEGS Gallery #156 and 158).

Ana María was scheduled to fight Anita Christensen of Denmark in October 2004 for the Dane's WIBF World Bantamweight title, but the bout fell through when Christensen cancelled at the last minute.

On December 10, 2004 in front of a packed house at Salón Marbet Plus in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Ana María (116½ lbs) won by a TKO when Golden Gloves champion Yadira Rosales (115¾ lbs) of México City, who was making her pro debut, failed to answer the bell for the sixth round. With an animated home crowd urging her on in the card's Main Event, Torres got on top of Rosales at the start and never let up, using her skill and greater experience to wicked effect. As was the case in March 2005 when she stopped Lakeysha Williams in the fourth, it was her opponent’s face that got the worst of it. By the time she retired between the fifth and six rounds, Rosales’s mouth was a mess and had begun to hemorrhage.

On December 21, 2005 at Deportivo de la Nueva Atzacoalco in México City, in front of over 1,000 boxing fans, Ana Maria  (117¼ lbs)  won a 10-round unanimous decision over Susana Vazquez (115¾ lbs) of Toluca, México for the vacant Mexican Female Bantamweight title.  There were reports that this was the best fight of the night on this card. Vazquez's pro record fell to 1-2-0 (0 KOs).

On May 13, 2006 at the Deportivo de la Nueva Atzacoalco in Mexico City, Mexico, Ana María Torres (114½ lbs) was more than 34-year-old grandmother Gloría "Dinamita" Ríos (112½ lbs) could handle in their top-of-the-bill clash for the vacant NABF Super Flyweight, and Torres's Mexican Bantamweight title. Referee Laurentino Ramírez stopped the fight 1:15 into the sixth to spare Ríos further punishment. Rios fell to 3-5-1 (0 KOs).

On June 7, 2006 in Kosung, North Korea, Ana Maria Torres (117 lbs) lost a ten-round split decision to Kwang Ok Kim (116¾ lbs) of North Korea for the WBC Bantamweight title.  Kim improved to 5-0-0 (4 KOs) with the win.

On October 7, 2006 in Xalapa, Mexico Ana Maria Torres (115 lbs ) TKO'd Mayela Pérez (114½ lbs) of Saltillo, Mexico at 1:50 in the sixth round. Torres improved to 14-2-1 (10 KOs) while Perez fell to 7-5-1 (6 KOs).  

On April 16, 2007 at Coliseo Cruz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ana Maria Torres won a 10-round unanimous (98-92,98-92,97-95) decision for the WBC Super Flyweight Title over Dahianna Santana of the Dominican Republic. According to WBAN correspondent Ewan Whyte, "Spurred on by more than 7,000 of her compatriots, who never stopped shouting, Santana tried to box from a distance. Nevertheless, the strength, determination and superb physical condition of the champion allowed her to maintain a comfortable dominance throughout the ten rounds." Torres improved to 15-2-1 (10 KOs) while Sanatana fell to 8-4-0 (2 KOs).

On October 19, 2007 in Gaeseong City, North Korea, Myung Ok Ryu (115 lbs) of North Korea won a 10-round split (96-93,95-94,93-96) decision over Ana Maria Torres (113¼ lbs) for the WBC Female Junior Bantamweight title. Ryu used clinches to negate the aggressive style of Torres, and Torres was badly cut over her left eye in the seventh round. The ring doctor ruled that the cut had been caused by Ryu's head, but no point was deducted. Torres protested that the ninth and tenth rounds had been cut short by the timer. Referee Bruce McTavish reportedly said he was surprised that Ryu was awarded the decision.

On April 26, 2008 at the Plaza de Toros Juriquilla in Queretaro, Mexico, Torres (114 lbs) and Myung Ok Ryu (114½ lbs) fought to a 10-round majority draw (95-95,95-95,97-93 for Torres) in a rematch of their hotly disputed bout in North Korea. According to the report by WBAN correspondent Ewan Whyte, "After the first eight minutes, one judge had Torres two rounds up, another judge had her two rounds down, whilst the third made it a draw. (Why not just toss a coin?)  If the Mexican reports are to be believed, the change of venue didn’t at all force Ryu to adopt a cleaner style of fighting, as Torres had fondly supposed it would; exactly as in the first fight, (it is claimed) she resorted to clinching or attacked with the head whenever she felt threatened, despite warnings from the referee. Torres, whose nose was bleeding as early as the third round, seemed more preoccupied with how to avoid being hit by her opponent’s head than with hitting it. In the two final rounds, which one judge had her winning and the others judged even, the challenger went all out for the knockout, allowing Ryu to respond with combinations to the head, but time ran out before either woman could press home an advantage." Ryu retained the WBC Junior Bantamweight title with this result.   Ryu was now 5-0-1 (3 KOs).

On August 30, 2008 at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (115 lbs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Esmeralda Moreno (114½ lbs) for the Interim WBC Super Flyweight title.  The judges' scores were 99-91, 98-92, 99-91. Moreno fell to 9-4 (3 KO's).

On March 1, 2009 at Auditorio Guelaguetza in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ana María Torres (114½ lbs) regained the WBC Junior Bantamweight title with a TKO at 0:57 in the fourth round over an overmatched Paulina Cardona (113½ lbs) of Barranquilla, Colombia. Torres dominated the light-punching and tentative Cardona during the first three rounds with a strong attack to the head. The end came when Torres cornered Cardona and landed a barrage of punches that persuaded Canadian referee Len Koivisito to call a halt to the one-sided affair. Cardona fell to 13-5-3 (6 KO's).

On June 13, 2009 at Centro Banamex in Mexico City, Mexico
Ana María Torres (115 lbs) retained her WBC Junior Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous (95-94,98-92,96-94) decision over previously undefeated Usanakorn Kokietgym (115 lbs) of Thailand. According to Notifight.com, The Thai boxer started well, making good use of her advantages of height and reach and, above all, her southpaw stance to take control of the fight in the early rounds. But little by little Ana María took the measure of her awkward opponent, landing her best punches in the second half of the fight to obtain a unanimous decision. Kokietgym fell to 4-1 (4 KO's).

On August 29, 2009 at Ciudad Deportiva in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (115 lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (97-94,96-94,99-91) decision over previously undefeated Ava Knight (115 lbs) of Chico, California for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title. A local report opined that Torres was 'much superior' and 'used her reach advantage to good effect' but Knight moved well and made for a difficult target. She also gave Torres a bloody nose which 'only made her more determined'.  Knight fell to 5-1-2 (2 KO's) with the loss.
Video of fight without audio
On October 31, 2009 at Gimnasio Del Imcufide, in Toluca, México, Ana María Torres (115 lbs) won by a TKO at 1:34 of the third round over Stephaney George of Georgetown, Guyana in a scheduled 10-rounder. Torres was defending her WBC Junior Bantamweight title.  George fell to 5-8-0 (0 KO's) with her sixth straight professional loss.

On July 3, 2010 at Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico
Ana Maria Torres (115 lbs) KO'd Olga Julio of Barranquilla, Colombia in the fourth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title.
Julio fell to 7-81 (3 KO's).

On September 11, 2010 at Plaza de Toros in Mexico City, Ana Maria Torres (114½ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-88 x 3) decision over Alesia-Tamara Graf  (114½ lbs) of Germany for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title.  Graf, who was down twice in the third round, fell to 24-2-0 (9 KO's) with the loss.

On November 6, 2010 at Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (114¾ lbs) TKO'd Hollie Dunaway (110¼ lbs) of  Las Vegas, NV, USA, at 1:13 in the sixth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title. Torres, whose aggressive fast-forward style had kept Dunaway backing up for much of the earlier rounds, trapped Dunaway in a corner and the fight was stopped by the referee after Dunaway took a series of hard shots to the head. Dunaway fell to 23-9-1 (10 KO's) with the loss.  

On January 22, 2011 at Arena Neza in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (114¾ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (100-89,100-89,98-91) decision over Naoko Yamaguchi (5′1½", 114¾ lbs) of Tokyo, Japan for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title. Yamaguchi fell to 16-3-3 (14 KO's). 

Jackie Nava vs Ana Maria TorresOn April 16, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (120 lbs) and WBC interim Junior Featherweight champion Jackie Nava (120 lbs) of Tijuana, Mexico battled to a hard-fought ten round (95-95 x 3) draw.  Torres was more aggressive and outworked Nava early in this much-anticipated "superfight", scoring with hard left hooks to the body and rights to Nava's head that began to raise a welt under Nava's left eye. Nava's conditioning allowed her to withstand the body attack and her quickness and movement even improved throughout the fight as she rebounded to keep it close overall.  Torres absorbed more clean shots from Nava in the later rounds and ended the fight with a bloody nose.  Nava's record moved to 24-3-3 (11 KO's).

On June 11, 2011 at Auditorio Miguel Barragan in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (114¾ lbs) KO'd Vannessa Guimaraes (115 lbs) of Curitiba, Brazil at 1:32 in the fourth round 0f a scheduled 10-rounder for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title. Guimaraes fell to 9-4-0 (8 KO's) with the loss.

Ana Maria Torres vs Jackie Nava
Ana Maria Torres vs Jackie Nava in July 2011
© copyrighted photo taken by Jose Rodriguez/WBC

On July 30, 2011 at the Metropolitan Arena in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (118 lbs) won an exceptionally  hard-fought ten-round unanimous (96-94 x 3) decision in a rematch with Jackie Nava for the first women's Diamond Belt of the WBC. Both came out swinging to cheers from their fans. Nava was more effective in the early going, landing with good combinations and damaging the nose of Torres. Torres began to exert her power midway through the fight and won a furious finish to take the decision in the last two rounds. Nava fell to 24-4-3 (11 KO's).

Ana Maria Torres was named WBAN Fighter of the Month for August 2011 for her win over Jackie Nava.

Torres vs PortilloOn October 8, 2011 at the Auditorium of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico, Ana Maria (115 lbs) defended the WBC Junior Bantamweight title with a clear ten-round unanimous (100-89 x3) decision over Marisa Portillo (113½ lbs) of Rosario, Argentina. Torres attacked Portillo relentlessly with combinations to the head and body. The later rounds saw many of Torres's punishing attacks end in clinches with both fighters pushing and shoving. The referee deducted a point from Portillo for holding in the final round. Torres dominated the fight but looked frustrated at not producing a knockout while becoming the first woman to make ten straight defenses of a WBC world title. Torres improved to 27-3-3 (15 KO's) with this win while Portillo fell to 10-5-2 (2 KO's).

On March 31, 2012 at Gimnasio Auditorio in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (115 lbs) overwhelmed Maria Andrea Miranda (115 lbs) of Monitos, Colombia, who failed to come out for the fourth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title.  Torres had delivered punishing hooks to the liver of her Colombian challenger throughout the third round, leaving Miranda unable to continue.  Torres improved to 28-3-3 (16 KO's) while Miranda fell to 14-8 (9 KO's).

Ana María Torres is that relative rarity, a female who has learned to box in textbook style. She holds her hands up and elbows tucked in, throws straight punches, moves her feet well, and can hit hard to the body to wear her opponent down and to open the way for punishing shots to the head.

Her success in the sport is emblematic of female athletes emulating their male counterparts in all respects other than pure size and muscular strength. Torres has shown the same mastery of the skills and techniques of this sport, and the same determination and dedication to her craft as any male champion.

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