“I have a great engine on me, and what I lack for in size I make up for in power”; Olympic silver medallist Richard Torrez says he possesses the qualities needed to become a dominant world heavyweight champion
Thursday 25 November 2021 21:21, UK
Richard Torrez says he wants to be remembered “forever” as a world heavyweight champion as he prepares to start his title pursuit.
The 22-year-old American has signed a promotional deal with Top Rank after returning from this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with a silver medal.
With a professional debut planned in February, Torrez has vowed to earn a reputation as a dominant champion.
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“I’m a smaller heavyweight, but I’m very active,” the Californian told Sky Sports. “I have a great engine on me, and what I lack for in size I make up for in power.
“They say you die twice. Once physically and once when the last person says your name, and so I want to live forever.”
Asked if he can win a world title, Torrez said: “I believe so. I believe I have the right foundation. I have the right people behind me, and I have the right mindset too.
“I definitely believe that one day I will be.”
Britain’s bronze medallist Frazer Clarke did not share the ring with Torrez in Japan, although they could cross paths in the pro ranks.
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Prior to the Olympics, Torrez had told Sky Sports about his respect for Clarke.
“He’s a great guy, I have been to lots of camps with him, we have had a lot of really great sparring sessions,” he said.
“He’s as good a guy as he is a boxer. He has exceptional skill and he’s a big guy.
“He will be really good competition if we meet up.
“I do study him, I watch film of him – when we spar, I watch the video back.
Torrez produced a dramatic stoppage win over Kamshybek Kunkabayev in the Olympic semi-finals, eventually losing on points against Bakhodir Jalolov in a thrilling final.
He is now planning to make a big impact at heavyweight as America waits for another champion to be crowned after Deontay Wilder’s reign as WBC champion was ended by Tyson Fury.
“February, we’re hoping to [start],” said Torrez.
“We’re breaking down barriers and we’re stepping through doors. It’s something that I’ve dreamed of, ever since I was a little kid.
“It’s something that I’ve imagined, this day happening, but for it to actually come true and to come to fruition is incredible. I just can’t wait and I hope you guys can’t either.”
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