It was his ultimate dream to wear a boxing world champion’s belt. Countless sacrifices have been made by Z “the dream” Gorres over the years to attain this goal.
However, as fate would have it, he was denied his claim to the championship by controversially losing to Mexican Flyweight world champion Fernando Montiel on a split decision in 2007. It was a verdict many boxing experts would consider a robbery.
Since then, Z has been clamoring for a rematch with the Mexican champion.
On Nov. 13, Z took on a dangerous Colombian knockout artist, Luis Melendez, to boost his chances of fighting Montiel again. He systematically pulverized Melendez from the opening bell until the final seconds in the fight.
Already on desperation mode after losing the previous rounds, the Colombian accurately delivered a powerful blow in the last 15 seconds of the last round that knocked Z down.
Fortunately, Z was able to recover and got up to claim his rightfully earned victory.
After the scores were read, which had Z winning by a large margin despite of the knockdown, I was already thinking about Gorres vs. Montiel on February 13, 2010 as part of Pinoy Power 3.
Moments later, even before Z could get down from the ring, he collapsed. As of this writing, he is now in critical condition in the hospital.
I am not really a superstitious person, but I can’t help but think about the day this match was fought, Friday the 13th . If there are indeed bad omens and curses attached to the said date, then this is it. However, I also believe that curses can be overturned by the power of prayer.
Thus, I ask our readers to offer a prayer for Z in the hope that he will survive this ordeal. He is no longer fighting for any world championship titles, he is now fighting for his life.
If God could grant Z one more victory, then let it be this one.