Ruben Villa Has The WBO Youth Featherweight Title in Sight
April 9, 2018
Anthony Saldana (68 articles)
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Ruben Villa Has The WBO Youth Featherweight Title in Sight


By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña


SALINAS, CALIFORNIA — This Saturday night April 14th, Thompson Boxing Promotions takes it’s popular Southern California boxing series “New Blood” on the road, as a scheduled action packed night of fights is set to hit the “Storm House” in Salinas, California.

Headlining the stacked card is undefeated prospect and hometown hero Ruben Villa IV (10-0, 4 KO’s) as he looks to capture the WBO Youth Featherweight Title when he battles the tough, heavy handed prospect Marlon Olea (13-2, 12 KO’s) of Barranquilla, Colombia in an eight round bout. Olea, whose first loss came in November of 2016 to the current WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Daniel Roman, looks to ruin the homecoming for Villa, as on paper, Olea is definitely Villa’s toughest challenge to date.

For Villa, a two time National Golden Gloves Champion, this will be the first time as a professional that he has fought in front of his home crowd. Supreme Boxing recently spoke to Villa and he stated, “I’m Excited to be fighting in front of my home crowd and even more excited because it’s for a title. I’ve had a great training camp in Riverside, California, and sparred with some of Robert Garcia’s top prospects including Hector Tanajara and a few others.” When Villa was asked what he knew about his opponent he stated, “He’s a mover and he’s quick with his hands, but I’ll be ready for him. We got very good sparring and seen lot’s of different styles this training camp. So, I should be able to adapt to anything.”

In breaking news,  undefeated NABF Heavyweight Champion LaRon Mitchell will not able to co-headline the card due to an unforeseen injury.

For fans in attendance, Saturday night’s card will have distinct Northern California flavor.

“This show has been in the works for more than a year,” said matchmaker and Thompson Boxing General Manager, Alex Camponovo. “It’s an excellent show from top-to-bottom featuring talent from all over the Bay Area and surrounding parts. You have Ruben looking to win his first professional title in his hometown, plus a host of prospects that are eager to build their name.”

Also on the card is undefeated Nor Cal prospect Brandon Trejo (3-0, 1 KO) from Napa, California, as he enters the ring against Bogar Padilla (0-1) of Ensenada, Mexico in a scheduled four round lightweight bout. Trejo also recently spoke to Supreme Boxing and stated, “Camp was amazing, super competitive and it took me to the next level. I had great sparing with World Champion Jessie Magdaleno, Manny Robles Jr., Fabian Maidana and many other top professionals.” Trejo went on to say, “I’m very thankful to be fighting in Northern California and to be on the same card as some of really good friends including RV4 (Ruben Villa). I also want to thank many people in my camp including my strength and conditioning coach Jerry Arias from Titans Edge Athletics, my coach, my friends, my girlfriend, my family in Nor Cal and especially the Zamora Family.”

In other action, lightweight Max Becerra (13-2-2, 8 KO’s) of Hayward, California., who recently signed a promotional deal with Thompson Boxing, takes on Cesar Villarraga (9-4-1, 4 KO’s) of Santa Fe Springs, California in a bout set for six rounds.

Sacramento native Alberto Torres (10-1-2, 4 KO’s) fights Mexico’s Naciff Martinez (17-10-2, 5 KO’s) in a six round featherweight showdown.

Unbeaten lightweight Pedro Moreno (7-0, 5 KO’s) of Sacramento, a recent signee to Thompson Boxing, puts his undefeated mark on the line against fellow prospect Sergio Ramirez (3-1, 3 KO’s) of Mexico (six-rounds).

Opening up the card, Bay Area native Bruno Escalante (16-3-1, 7 KO’s) faces Diuhl Olguin (12-8, 9 KO’s) in an eight-round bout that will be contested in the bantamweight division.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Salinas Storm House is located at 185 Maryal Dr. Salinas, CA 93907. All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: New Blood via our Facebook page 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 color commentary.


(Feature photo: Thompson Boxing Promotions)

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