Featherweight standout Ruben Villa (13-0, 5 KOs) makes his fifth appearance of the year from his hometown of Salinas, Calif. when he headlines “New Blood” on Saturday, Oct. 13, from the Salinas Storm House.
Villa, 21, returns to his hometown for the second time since winning the vacant WBO Youth featherweight championship in April. In that bout, he handedly outpointed fellow prospect Marlon Olea for his first professional title.
The southpaw followed that performance with a knockout win over Ricardo Lopez in June and a unanimous decision win against Jose Santos Gonzalez in August.
“It’s exciting to be back in my hometown,” said Villa, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions. “All my friends and family are already asking for tickets. We sold out the last time we were here, and I think we’ll do it again this time.”
Also on the card, super lightweights Pedro Moreno (9-0, 5 KOs) and Max Becerra (15-2-2, 8 KOs) will be featured in separate bouts.
Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $75, & $125, and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or online at ThompsonBoxing.com.
The Salinas Storm House is located at 185 Maryal Drive in Salinas, CA 93907.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 6 p.m.
All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: New Blood via our Facebook page, YouTube channel, and ThompsonBoxing.com.
The livestream starts at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert, color commentary.
“New Blood” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions and sponsored by Everlast.
EIGHT FIGHTS IN THE NEW EDITION OF A PUÑO LIMPIO ON SEPTEMBER 28 IN TRUJILLO ALTO, PUERTO RICO
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- With eight fights was made the second edition of the new stage of the series “A Puño Limpio”, for Friday, September 28, at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Spartan Boxing, which will be broadcast by Wapa Deportes.
This card will feature Trujillo Alto natives Wilfredo “Bimbito” Méndez and Jean Carlos “Lobo” Torres, who will fight in separate bouts to 10 and eight rounds, respectively.
“We’ve completed the new event of A Puño Limpio with eight fights in which, in addition to Bimbito and el Lobo in the main turns, we included one fight of females and several debutants fights, as well as the Top Rank prospect, Antonio Vargas, and others promising fighters in action, “said promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PRBBP.
In one of the new bouts included, scheduled to six rounds and at 147 pounds, the unbeaten John Correa (5-0, 5 kos) will fight against Dominican Victor Abreu (9-4, 5 kos), while at the same time distance, the Puerto Rican blood fighter Antonio Vargas (7-0, 3 kos) will be measured against an opponent to be determined at 122 pounds.
In four rounds bouts, meanwhile, Jean Rivera (1-1) will face debutant Emmanuel Román at 147 pounds; Alfredo Cruz (1-0, 1 kos) will fight against Louis Rios (0-3) at 115 pounds; the debutants Angel Marrero and Nick Steven Torres will be measured at 140 pounds, and in the women’s fight, debutants Magnanamai Báez and Genesis Lopez will fight at 105 pounds.
The main event of the night will have local Bimbito Méndez (10-1, 4 kos) facing the Mexican Axel Aragón (10-1, 6 kos) for the vacant WBO NABO minimumweight belt. Meanwhile, in the co featured, Lobo Torres (12-0, 8 kos) will face Luis Joel González (11-5-1, 6 kos) in a scheduled eight rounds and 140 pounds fight.
The series “A Puño Limpio”, in its first part, took place between 2011 and 2012 with shows around Puerto Rico, and had in action fighters like the current world champion Emmanuel “Manny” Rodríguez (in his debut), former world champion Manuel Alejandro “Manny” Siaca, later world champion McJoe Arroyo, as well as future world challengers McWilliams Arroyo, Jonathan Oquendo, José “Chelo” González and David Quijano, and then prospect Jonathan “Bomba “González, among others.
The “A Puño Limpio” series will have three other cards in 2018, on Fridays, October 26, November 16 and December 7.