When we discuss the most talented Filipino fighters of the last couple of decades to never win a world title then we need to mention Z Gorres (31-2-2, 17), a talented yet tragic figure in the world of boxing.
Gorres is probably best known for one of 3 fights. His close and controversial loss to Fernando Montiel, his controversial draw with Vic Darchinyan and his career ending bout with Luis Melendez. At one point he was part of a very promising trio from ALA, alongside Rey Bautista and AJ Banal, and was the most talented of the trio. Sadly though he, like the other two, failed to win a world title.
We're not here fo a biography however and instead we're here to bring you 5 Midweek facts about Z Gorres!
1-Gorres fought in the US 5 times, winning all 5 of those bouts. The first of those saw him knocking out Glenn Donaire, the brother of Nonito Donaire, inside a round and another was a TKO win over former world champion Eric Lopez. The final US bout was his tragic win over Luis Melendez, which ended with Gorres collapsing and later suffering a career ending brain injury.
2-Gorres' brother, Jun Gorres, was stabbed in a street fight, and sadly passed away from the injuries he suffered. Jun in his early 30's and had been a former boxer himself, running up a good record of 25-3-1 (22).
3-After his career ending injury Gorres' medical costs at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas reportedly went over $600,000. This actually lead to legal students pushing for more insurance for fighters, who suffer injuries in the ring. At the time it happened the insurance only covered up to $50,000.
4-In 2010, at the 28th Cebu Sports Awards, Gorres received the Presidential Award. He shocked the other attendees by climbing out of his wheel chair to receive the award. Antonio Lopez Aldeguer, stated that he had a 5 page script that he hoped to read to inspire the audience but admitted that he couldn't inspire in the way that Gorres, getting to his feet at the event had.
5-Gorres got divorced in 2015, something he described in 2018 as being difficult in an interview with Spin.PH.
Thinking Out East
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