Couture knocked Philbrick down in the second round but the referee never started the count and Philbrick got up after complaining about one of his knees. An In the Ring Manager said that Philbrick slipped, but either way the bout went to Philbrick on a split decision.
“Josh knocked him down good. He went down hard then said his knee hurt. I called to the ref ‘how about the count’ but nothing happened,” Hebert said.
The fight went all three rounds with Couture hitting hard all the way to the end.
Haverhill’s Geraldo Torres lost his bout to John Portes from the Lowell West End gym. Torres, an experienced 16 year-old, 132 lb. fighter from Puerto Rico, where he learned to box, admitted that he had a tough fight against an experienced fighter with nine bouts behind him to Torres one fight. Torres has been fighting from Haverhill for four months.
Torres said that his opponent had a long reach and fought from the outside. That confined Torres to body shots and fighting in close.
“I had to go in and had to keep down and hit him in the body.” Torres said. That did not allow Torres to stand up enough to get in some head shots and use his upper body power.
Torres said that he wanted to get in quick and use some movement and angles to get some power in his punches but, “He fought hard from the outside, and he was tough to get at,” Torres said.
“I have to train harder and learn more,” Torres said about his boxing. He says that Hebert’s training style builds stamina, but that he, Torres, needs to work at it more. He said that he wants to develop more movement to overcome another outside fighter.