Nor. Cal Fighters LaRon Mitchell and Ruben Torres IV to be Showcased in Sacramento Saturday Night
June 28, 2018
Anthony Saldana (93 articles)

Nor. Cal Fighters LaRon Mitchell and Ruben Torres IV to be Showcased in Sacramento Saturday Night

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night at Omega Products International, in Sacramento, California two of Thompson Boxing’s champions and Northern California natives will be showcased as they enter the ring in separate bouts. In the “New Blood” series main event, blue chip prospect and undefeated WBO Youth Featherweight Champion Ruben Villa (11-0, 4 KO’s) of Salinas, California will make his first title defense, when he takes on Ricardo Lopez (7-2-2, 6 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico in an 8-round bout. Then in the co-main event of the night the WBC/Junior NABF Heavyweight Champion LaRon Mitchell (16-0, 14 KO’s) of neighboring San Francisco will look to defend his title against Rodney Hernandez (10-7-2, 2 KO’s) of Modesto, California.


Villa the southpaw who is managed by Danny Zamora of Santa Fe Springs, California captured the WBO Youth Title back in April when he got a big birthday win over Marlon Olea. That night in front of his hometown and an electric sold-out crowd at the “Storm House” in Salinas, Villa easily picked apart the Colombian native Olea in route to his unanimous decision victory. Now Villa will once again get to showcase his skills in front of family and friends as he battles the tough Mexican Ricardo Lopez. “I’m ready get back in the ring, I’ve had a very tough three week training camp in Riverside at Robert Garcia’s gym and helped Hector Tanajara get ready for his recent fight” said Villa in a interview with Supreme Boxing. For Villa this will be the second time that he has fought in Sacramento and stated “Saturday night I’ll basically be fighting in my backyard. I‘ve fought here before and the boxing fans from Sacramento really support me and I’m truly excited to be defending my title for the first time in Northern California.” When Villa enters the ring Saturday it’ll be against an opponent he’s a little familiar with as in Lopez last fight he took on Michael Dutchover a stablemate of Villa’s. “I know that Lopez is a very durable fighter and he’s gonna be tough to get past. I know I’ll have to mix things up, box him, take him into deep waters and hopefully finish him off late. I also know I’ll be dealing with the heat so I’ll have to pace myself early, we did a lot of training in the heat in Riverside so I know I’ll be ready.” Villa went on to say that although he is not looking past his opponent, he does plan on staying busy in 2018 and hopefully fighting 10-round fights by the beginning of next year.


For the WBC/ Jr. NABF Champion LaRon Mitchell he’ll be entering the ring for first time in nearly a year as he defends his title against a former sparing partner Rodney Hernandez. “I was very disappointed that I wasn’t able to fight back in April, but I’ve stayed in camp, I’ve worked through my injury and I feel completely ready and healthy to get back into the ring to defend my title,” stated Mitchell in a recent interview with Supreme Boxing. Mitchell who is no stranger to Hernandez went on to say “I was shocked when I found out I was going to be fighting Rodney, he know’s me, he’s my boy, but I mean once that bell rings thats all out the window. Rodney is a really good fighter and his record doesn’t reflect his potential, I personally believe he took the wrong fights at the wrong time in his career and he’s going to be tough because he really knows my strengths and weaknesses.”  For Mitchell, Saturday night will essentially be homecoming as the Bay Area native is no stranger to Sacramento “I very happy to be fighting in Sac, I’m familiar with the town and I have lot’s of friends and family that will be their to support me, and I have an extra day to rest before I have to travel. Come Saturday it’ll be business as usual as I’ll get to show boxing fans who the best heavyweight in Northern California really is.”


other bouts include


(Super Lightweights) Pedro Moreno (8-0, 5 KO’s) of Sacramento, Ca. Vs. Luis Zarazua (8-0, 4 KO’s) of McAllen, Texas.


(Featherweights) Alberto Torres (10-1, 4 KO’s) of Sacramento, Ca. Vs. Aleem Jumakhonov (7-1-1, 4 KO’s) of Reseda, Ca.


(Super Lightweights) Maximilliano Becerra (14-2-2, 8 KO’s) of Santa Ana, Ca. Vs. Cesar Villarraga (9-4-1, 4 KO’s) of Bogota, Colombia


(Heavyweights) Blake McKernan (8-0, 6 KO’s) of Sacramento, Ca. vs Miguel Cubos (11-17, 8 KO’s) of San Luis Potosi, Mexico


(Heavyweights) Ryan Bourland (14-2, 5 KO’s) of Vacaville, Ca. Vs. Codale Ford (5-7, 2 KO’s) of Fort Gibson, Ok.


All fights will be live streamed on TB Presents: New Blood via our Facebook page and


The livestream starts at 7:45 p.m. PT / 10:45 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert, color commentary.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. local time with the first bout at approximately 7:45 p.m. Omega Products is located at 8111 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95826, and can be reached at 916-635-3335.


Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60, & $100, and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900, or online at


“New Blood” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Everlast. 




Anthony Saldana