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Torres advances to Silver Gloves finals

OLATHE, Kan. - Javier Torres of the Bulldog Boxing Club is in line to capture his second Silver Gloves national championship, having advanced to the finals Friday with a dominating victory.

Torres, fighting in the 12-13-year-old, 132-pound division, decisioned Jason Locklear of Cleveland in the semifinals.

He meets Neves Portillo of Amarillo, Texas, in the championship bout today.

Torres, who won the championship two years ago in the 10-11, 105-pound class, fed Locklear a steady diet of right hands.

"The kid (Locklear) was real tough," said Jim Pedrojetti, Torres' trainer. "He took a lot of shots. I thought they should have stopped the fight, but they didn't even give him a standing eight count."

Torres will have a two-inch height advantage when he faces a similar, straight-ahead opponent in Portillo.

"We'll use movement, angles and speed to beat him," said Pedrojetti. "I think we could go toe-to-toe with him, but if we use our reach and keep on the outside and make him come to us, then we'll let him have it."