Unbeaten Ruben Villa Fights In
Hometown Of Salinas, Ca. On Oct. 13
Promising featherweight prospect Ruben Villa (13-0, 5 KOs)
headlines a talent rich card from his hometown of Salinas,
Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Villa, 21, returns to the Salinas Storm House for the second
time this year. The talented southpaw faces Mexico's Miguel
Carrizoza (10-3, 2 KOs) in the 8-round "New Blood" main
Villa last fought from the Salinas Storm House in April,
when he routed fellow prospect Marlon Olea in route to
winning the vacant WBO Youth featherweight championship. It
was Villa's first title since turning professional in July
The two-time national Golden Gloves winner fights for the
fifth time this year after registering six wins in 2017.
"It's incredible how fast I've developed," said Villa, who
is managed by Danny Zamora and trained by Max Garcia. "It
feels like it was yesterday that I was in four round fights
and now I'm routinely headlining shows."
The lefty, who sometimes conducts training camps in the
sparring rich city of Riverside, Calif., decided to stay
close to home for this fight. Him and his team have zeroed
in on what is required to defeat Carrizoza.
"He fought my stablemate, Michael Dutchover [undefeated
junior lightweight], last year so Mike gave me a pretty
detailed scouting report on him," Villa said. "He's a
bruiser. He likes to come forward and get you onto the ropes
or just backpedaling. I know how to fight guys like that.
I've fought against guys like that before and I've seen a
bunch of them in previous training camps. We are really
comfortable in our game plan."
Villa is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.
In the 6-round co-feature, unbeaten lightweight Pedro Moreno
(9-0, 5 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif. faces veteran Erick
Martinez (14-13-1, 8 KOs) of Mexico. Moreno, a former Silver
Gloves champion and U.S. Junior Olympic team member, is
coming off a complete performance against Luis Zarazua in
Moreno, 21, is stepping up in class by facing the more
"I think it will be the toughest fight of my career," said
Moreno, who signed with Thompson Boxing in March. "Martinez
has a lot of fights under his belt so he knows how to
compete against a lot of different styles. I need to make a
statement early. I can't let him get comfortable and develop
any kind of momentum. It's going to be a fun fight to
Leading the "New Blood" undercard is junior welterweight Max
Becerra (15-2-2, 8 KOs) of Sacramento. Becerra will fight an
opponent to be named later (6-rounds).
Lightweight Brandon Trejo (3-1, 1 KO) of Napa, Calif. faces
the winless Mario Franco (0-3) of Mexico in a bout set for
Unbeaten bantamweight prospect Eros Correa (2-0, 1 KO) of
San Jose, Calif. meets Leonardo Torrez (4-11, 1 KO) of
Mexico in a fight scheduled for 4-rounds.
Opening "New Blood" is featherweight Arnold Dinong (1-0) of
San Leandro, Calif. Dinong will face an opponent to be named