BAKERSFIELD, CA – One of the top prospects in America returns Sunday, September 19th, on his road to redemption as super bantamweight Angel “AK-47” Barrientes (5-1, 3 KOs), who is only 19 years old, and is on a two-fight win streak with both fights ending via first-round KOs, takes on Victor Torres (7-8-1, 5 KOs) of Modesto, California. Torres is currently riding a five-fight win streak.
The 4-round bout takes place at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California, shown worldwide on FS1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
"I’m going to be throwing a lot of punches with bad intentions in this fight as I need to get the respect of my opponent early," said Barrientes. "I have been working hard in the gym, but beyond that, I have been sparring some of the best fighters in the world. I know the level I am at, but this is a sport that is results-driven, it is all about the performance, and so that is what I will do on Sunday…perform at my best."
Barrientes' opponent is no slouch, despite a deceiving record he is on the best winning streak of his career and hasn't lost since facing 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Nico Hernandez.
"I know what I meant to do in this sport, and this is a humbling game, but I am grateful to my management team, and Premier Boxing Champions, for the belief in my skill set," continued Barrientes. "I am staying active, and growing as a fighter, and getting a chance to prove myself early on in my career is helping so much."
Barrientes is now rebuilding and proving himself in the ever-changing sport of boxing, in which we were taught the zero was everything, but now Barrientes is making it his job to prove that he can come back from a loss and still be a great fighter.
"I want people to stop looking at fighters who take a loss in one fight, and assume that they're done as a professional fighter," said Barrientes. "I am going to be successful, and a world champion and part of my journey will be to show people that you can lose and still be considered one of the best of year era. Manny Pacquiao lost early in his career and became one of the best fighters in boxing history. My journey is to change the way people look at the sport, and it starts on Sunday."