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Torres finishes second in Silver Gloves tourney

OLATHE, Kan. -- A 3-2 decision denied Medford's Javier Torres asecond Silver Gloves national championship Saturday night.

Torres went three rounds with Neves Portillo of Amarillo, Texas, in the title bout of the 12-13-year-old, 132-pound division.

"We threw three punches to every one for him," said an exasperated Jim Pedrojetti, Torres' trainer at the Medford-based Bulldog Boxing Club. "I just couldn't believe the decision. ... The whole crowd booed; they couldn't believe it."

Torres, who won a Silver Gloves title in 2000 and a Ringside championship in 2001, falls to 32-7 for his career.

"I just tell him to go back and work harder, so next time it won't come down to a decision," Pedrojetti said.