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
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
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
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.