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Now with a mature fighting style and a title belt, Ray Sanchez III takes a step toward the big time
The power in Ray Sanchez III's left fist has always been a knee-buckling force. It still is.
But on Friday at Santa Ana Star Casino the 21-year-old southpaw from Albuquerque's South Valley, better known as "Little Ray," showed he's taking more heed to the art and importance of defense.
Sanchez, looking sure of himself, took a momentous step as Albuquerque's most promising young fighter with a third-round technical knockout of James "The Gentleman" Johnson in a welterweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds.
The win equipped Sanchez (11-1, nine knockouts), a nine-time national champion as an amateur, with his first professional belt the previously vacant World …