Richard Torrez promises to be remembered ‘forever’ as world heavyweight champion ahead of his pro debut | Boxing news

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Richard Torrez says he wants to be remembered “forever” as a world heavyweight champion as he prepares to start his title hunt.

The 22-year-old American has signed a promotional deal with Top Rank after returning from this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo with a silver medal.

With a professional debut scheduled for February, Torrez has promised to gain a reputation as a dominant champion.

“I’m a minor heavyweight, but I’m very active,” the Californian said Sky Sports. “I have a great engine on me and what I lack in size, I compensate for in power.

“They say you die twice. Once physically and once when the last person says your name and then I will live forever.”

Asked if he can win a world title, Torrez said: “I believe that. I believe I have the right foundation. I have the right people behind me and I also have the right mindset.

“I definitely think I will one day be.”

Britain’s bronze winner Frazer Clarke did not share the ring with Torrez in Japan, though they could cross paths in the professional ranks.

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British heavyweight Frazer Clarke is also ready to join Torrez in the pro series

Prior to the Olympics, Torrez had told Sky Sports about his respect for Clarke.

“He’s a great guy, I’ve been to a lot of camps with him, we’ve had a lot of really good sparring sessions,” he said.

“He’s as good a guy as he is a boxer. He has outstanding skill and he’s a great guy.

“He’s going to be a really good competition if we meet.

“I study him, I watch movies of him – when we spar, I watch the video back.

Torrez produced a dramatic stoppage victory over Kamshybek Kunkabayev in the Olympic semi-final and eventually lost on points against Bakhodir Jalolov in an exciting final.

Richard Torrez
Torrez produced a number of exciting performances at the Olympics

He now plans to make a big impact in heavyweight while America waits for another champion to be crowned after Deontay Wilder’s reign as WBC champion was ended by Tyson Fury.

“February, we hope so [start]said Torrez.

“We break down barriers and we step through doors. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of ever since I was a little kid.

“It’s something I’ve imagined this day would happen, but it’s incredible that it’s actually coming true and becoming a reality. I simply can not wait, and I hope you can not either. “

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