Josh “Pitbull” Torres and the KO Kid Ranee Ganoy Agree to April Bout
New Mexico boxing fans should be salivating at the news that light welterweights Josh Torres and Ranee Ganoy have signed to face one another in an April 140-lb. WBC USNBC title fight .
“I need a good opponent and that’s why I’ve come to America,” says the Filipino, Ganoy (36-11-2, 32KOs), who recently moved to Albuquerque after being unable to get fights in his adopted home country of Australia.
The 35-year-old Ganoy, made his United States boxing debut in the Duke City this past November where he was extremely impressive in a dominating performance over a valiant Shawn Gallegos.
“Ranee has world-class power,” touts Ganoy’s manager Jacob Maes. “Josh has never seen this kind of power before.”
And the stats back up his claim. In his victories, Ganoy holds an 88% knockout percentage and is currently riding a career high 11-fight win streak with 10 of those foes succumbing to TKOs.
“He definitely has the experience,” says the 25-year-old Torres. “He’s a hard hitter but in his last fight he showed a little bit of rust. I’m gonna use that to my advantage.”
As far as fights that are able to be made in the New Mexico-El Paso region, this is definitely one of the biggest as both men can stake their claim as some of the better light welterweights out of the area.
Torres, is among the more entertaining fighters in the city where he also happens to carry a strong following.
Ganoy, mostly thanks to his manager Maes’ and his trainer Sergio Chavez’ popularity in New Mexico’s boxing community, appeared to have a strong following the night of the Gallegos fight.
“Instead of fans waiting for Mayweather and Pacquiao, you have a great fight here locallly,” say Torres. “We’re not making excuses or taking the easiest fighter. We’re putting the best against the best.”
The fight is likely to take place April 11th or 18th. A venue has also not yet been announced but promoters, Chavez Promotions and Team Ganoy Promotions, are looking for one that seats at least a thousand. Do not be surprised if the fight ends up at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The card will also see the highly anticipated return of Brandi Montoya who took a temporary leave from boxing to join the United States Marine Corps. Montoya, is slated as the co-main event on the card against an opponent yet to be announced, will be featured in her first match since October of 2012. Joining her on the undercard will be Albuquerque fighter Jose Osorio against a yet to be named opponent. A fight between heavyweights Ronald Baca against Manuel Otero is also in the works for the card.
Chavez Promotions/Team Ganoy Promotions Potential Fight Card
Josh Torres vs. Ranee Ganoy
Brandie Montoya vs. TBA
Ronald Baca vs. Manuel Otero
Jose Osorio vs. TBA