Prospects Ruben Villa & Michael Dutchover
East Coast Debuts April 14 At The
Harbor In Oxon Hill, Maryland
Highly regarded and undefeated prospects, Ruben Villa and
Michael Dutchover will make their East Coast debuts as part
of the non-televised undercard before a championship
tripleheader on Friday night, April 14th at the MGM National
Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Villa and Dutchover will fight on the non-televised
undercard portion of an event that features the live
SHOWTIME telecast of undefeated Dmitry Bivol defending his
interim WBA Light Heavyweight title against Samuel Clarkson
in the 12-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation
tripleheader (10 p.m. ET/PT). In the co-feature, unbeaten
welterweight prospects Juan Ruiz and Malik Hawkins will
square off in an eight-round bout, and Baltimore's
undefeated featherweight Glenn Dezurn will open the
Villa of Salinas, California will see action in a six-round
featherweight bout, while Dutchover of Santa Fe Springs,
California will compete in a six -round junior lightweight
Villa has a record of 4-0 with two knockouts and will be
looking to continue his winning ways on April 14th.
The two-time National Golden Glove winner, turned
professional on July 29th with a 1st round stoppage over
Gerardo Molina, and his young career has been highlighted by
a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated
Aaron Lopez (4-0).
The 19 year-old Villa had a steller amateur career, which
consisted of the aforementioned Golden Gloves wins, but also
he was a champion of the Desert Showdown, National PAL,
Silver Gloves and two-time National Silver Gloves champion.
He finished 2nd in the 2015 Olympic Trials and finished up
his amateur career with an astonishing 164-17 record. Ruben
split four amateur contests with eventual 2016 Olympic
Silver medal winner Shakur Stevenson.
"I am pretty excited to be on this card. I trained three
weeks in Big Bear, California. I have had great sparring,
and this has been a really good camp,' said Villa.
"This is a real exciting opportunity. I am just going in
there and do what I do best, and look good in front of the
East Coast fans."
"I have been working very hard, I have been working with a
new coach named Max Garcia to go along with my head trainer
Danny Zamora, and I feel real strong."
Dutchover, 19 years-old was 130-17 as an amateur and was a
runner up in the 2016 National Golden Gloves tournament at
Dutchover began his career by stopping previously undefeated
Cesar Partida in three rounds on October 21st . He has
stopped all three of his opponents, which includes a
devastating 1st round stoppage over Jose Mora on February
"I am excited for this opportunity to fight on the East
Coast. I am looking forward to showing my skill set to a new
audience," said Dutchover.
"This is my first big card where there will be a world title
on the card and I will be prepared more then I ever have. I
am in great condition and I am ready to show my talent on
the other side of the country."
"It is most important that I get this win, and if I can get
my 4th straight knockout, that would be great. I am just
looking to set up my shots and put on a great performance."
"We are really looking forward to showcasing these two fine
young fighters on April 14th," said Banner Promotions
President, Arthur Pelullo.
"They have thrilled fans in California over their first
handful of fights, and now fans on the East Coast will get
to see why we are very high on Ruben and Michael. Fighting
in different parts of the country will help raise their
profiles, and we expect them to have terrific performances
on April 14th."