He smiled while I took a picture of him in one of the malls here in Cebu. He look small and lanky on his 5-foot-4 frame but his fist was a chunk bigger than mine and while I aimed my camera on him he positioned himself on a familiar boxer pose a confident face with fist up on the air that looks like an uppercut. It was ZC Gorres fight with Roberto Carlos Leyva his first fight in the Bantamweight division when his body can no longer fit as a Super flyweight making him drained and powerless as evident on the Darchinyan fight when he salvage a Draw. Z pass his initial test scoring a TKO win in the 7th round and Z looks upbeat and confident on his new found division but good things never last I never thought that was the last time I saw Gorres as a boxer when Luis Melendez forced him to retire after knocking Gorres out with just 15 seconds left in the fight. Z had to undergo surgery to relieved pressure on his brain and has been in coma for days now. He is now in stable condition but his boxing career is now put to an end. He was only 14 years old when he joined the ALA stable fighting as an amateur raking wins after wins and was believed to be one of the most technical fighter in the Philippines today. He can go 12 full rounds without being hit he has the defensive skills and he has the right arsenal to score a win the only problem was that Z was so engrossed in developing his technical skills as an amateur he forgot to develop his power. On his 35 fights he won 31 with only 17 knockouts people are watching him not for his knockout but for his boxing prowess dismantling opponents in a methodological way. Z had two prominent fights on his career his draw against Darchinyan was very controversial when Z had some dangerous rounds when his knees are wobbly and unstable. His bout with Fernando Montiel was also controversial because Z dominated the Mexican from every angle everyone saw the fight and it was crystal clear that Gorres won that fight but instead lost to a split decision by Montiel.
Now Gorres is fighting a different fight he needs to survive with his four small children and a loving wife waiting for his return.
If only Z evaded Melendez’s knockout punch he only needs 15 seconds to put his guard up and get a ring date with Fernando Montiel. But while Gorres was relaxing putting his hands unprecedentedly down or not his usual defensive stance Melendez took advantage. It took only 15 seconds and finally the dream is over… We would never see Z Gorres fight again but there’s always life after boxing.
Keep on punching Z life is too precious to give up.