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Bernard Torres, 3-time conqueror of Magsayo, rising star in Norway

Roy Luarca
Bernard Torres, 3-time conqueror of Magsayo, rising star in Norway

UNDEFEATED. Bernard Torres (right) continues his stellar boxing career in Norway.

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Boholano boxer Bernard Torres, who's now a citizen of Norway, remains unbeaten in 14 fights

Mark Magsayo may be unbeaten as a pro but he has experienced defeats as an amateur.

In fact, three of those losses were inflicted by a townmate and fellow Boholano – Bernard Torres.

Highly ranked by the major sanctioning bodies, Magsayo disclosed the unknown fact on Diego Silang’s vlog.

“Wait for him (Torres), he is very good,” Magsayo swears.

According to Magsayo, his first three bouts were all against Torres and he always came up short.

Rather than quit boxing, however, Magsayo persevered to develop his skills and power with the defunct ALA Promotions of Cebu.

Now under MP (Manny Pacquiao) Promotions, Magsayo is 23-0 with 16 knockouts, counting his devastating come-from-behind 10th round knockout of Julio Ceja in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Yordenis Ugas on August 21 in Las Vegas.

Still, Magsayo is in awe of the 25-year-old Torres, a full-blooded Filipino who’s now a citizen of Norway.

“He is [like] my brother,” said Magsayo of Torres. “We’re childhood friends but he always beat me back then.”

They parted ways, with the southpaw Torres settling in Gran, Norway before turning pro in 2017, and Magsayo fighting out of Tagbilaran City for money since 2014.

No wonder, the 25-year-old Torres has only 14 fights and as many wins to show as a super featherweight thus far.

Speedy and technically sound, the 5-foot-5 Torres knocked out Anuar Salas in the second round of his last fight on April 23 to claim his sixth victim by stoppage.

Clearly the heavier puncher than his three-time tormentor, Magsayo is now raring for a crack at the World Boxing Council featherweight crown being held by American Gary Russel Jr. (31-1, 18 knockouts).

MP president Sean Gibbons, however, doesn’t like Russel’s style for Magsayo and is inclined to look for another opponent.

Meantime, Torres is waiting for his next fight under the wings of Argentine great Sergio Martinez.

If Magsayo can make it all the way to the top, Torres also stands a chance of becoming a world champion. –