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  Villa Shines On ShoBox

By Raymundo Dioses
Photos: Richard Hernandez Chase

 

Ruben Villa made his second appearance on Showtime, this time as the main event live from Corona, California on a Thompson Boxing Promotions/Banner Promotions fight card and won the WBO international featherweight title in a workmanlike performance over opponent Luis Alberto Lopez.

Villa, (16-0, 5KO) from Salinas, California successfully utilized all the tools in his repertoire in outclassing Lopez over the 10 round fringe title fight which featured no knockdowns.
 

Still at a young 22 years of age, Villa, who had a decorated amateur background which featured wins over Shakur Stevenson, Gary Russell Jr. and Devin Haney, fought from behind an educated jab and littered Lopez with snapping 1-2 combinations while making Lopez, who fought from a straight forward stance and lunged in with his punches, miss most of his thrown punches in the latter rounds of the contest.
 

Villa slipped away from most of what Lopez brought to the table, yet also showed an ability to take a punch on the occasions where Lopez had minor success. Judges had it 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 for Villa.
 

"I agreed with the judges' scorecards," the two-time National Golden Gloves Amateur Champion Villa said. "I still got the unanimous decision win so I have no problem with that. I can take a whole lot from this fight tonight."

In all, Villa picked up another 10 rounds of professional experience, a minor title, and another solid showing on Showtime.
 

The ShoBox tripleheader also featured standout TBP prospects Michael Dutchover and Saul Sanchez notching wins over their opponents.
 

Dutchover, (13-0, 10 KOs) rocked his late-sub opponent Rosekie Cristobal in 109 seconds with a 1st round knockout.

Sanchez, (12-0, 7 KOs) engaged in the Fight of the Night against Brandon Benitez in winning the WBO Latino Bantamweight title. The pair traded consistently throughout seven engaging rounds, after which the contest was stopped early in the 8th by referee Raul Caiz Jr., who had warned Benitez to defend himself against Sanchez, who was landing with more force.



 

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