Ruben Villa is Set for a Salinas Showdown
October 10, 2018
Anthony Saldana (95 articles)

Ruben Villa is Set for a Salinas Showdown

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

This Saturday night at the “Storm House” in Salinas California, local hero and undefeated WBO Youth Featherweight Champion, Ruben “RV4” Villa IV (13-0, 5 KO’s) will get to showcase his skills in front of his hometown fans for the second time this year. The two-time national Golden Gloves champion and blue chip prospect Villa last fought in Salinas in April when he defeated the tough Colombian prospect Marlon Olea en route to capturing his title. Now the undefeated Thompson-Banner prospect will enter the ring for the fifth time this year when he takes on the battle tested Miguel Carrizoza (10-3, 2 KO’s) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Carrizoza who has been in the ring with some solid opposition, but is coming off back to back losses to top prospects “KingRy” Ryan Garcia and Villa’s stablemate Michael Dutchover will now be looking to get back to his winning ways Saturday night. Villa however has a different plan “I’ve had a full training camp here at home. I sparred with Joel Diaz Jr. and got some good work in. I also had the opportunity to train at the SNAC gym with Lucas Ketelle and the SNAC team so I feel super relaxed, strong and confident going into this fight and I’m ready to handle business Saturday night. I don’t get nervous but I do have extra pressure fighting in front of my hometown and that pressure makes me want dig deep and be victorious for all of my fans” stated Villa in a recent interview with Supreme Boxing. “The last few fights I’ve fought some really aggressive fighters who come forward “Mexican style” so I’ve had to learn to adapt fast, and use my boxing skills and counterpunching to come away with those victories. I’ve never been a big puncher but I’m smart and can apply pressure with my hand speed and my boxing ability.” Stated Villa. With a victory Saturday night Villa hopes to kick off 2019 with a ten round fight and a TV fight. “I know each fight is a learning experience and I know to stay in lane. My manager Danny Zamora is the best in the business, having him has really paid off, he’s given me some really good opportunities including signing me with Everlast. You never hear anyone talk bad about Danny. I know he’ll have a great game plan as we move forward towards a world title.”


Also on the card is prospect Brandon Trejo (3-1, 1 KO) from near by Napa, California as he’s set to battle Mario Franco (0-3) from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Trejo who is coming off his first and only loss last April understands the importance of this matchup. “This is something I need to accomplish, I need to come away with a victory, come out of my shell, my comfort zone and show people who Brandon Trejo really is,” stated Trejo in a recent interview with Supreme Boxing. “In my last fight I took a loss and I don’t blame anyone but myself. It was a humbling learning experience for me. This camp I put in 110% and got great sparring with, Andy Vences, Shakur Stevenson, Vic Pasillas and Willie Shaw. I know come Saturday I’ll be ready, although honestly I don’t know a lot about my opponent. I know he has hands, and a heart and will be ready to fight, but I know I’m the more technically sound fighter and I will control what happens in the ring.” Trejo went on to say “I’m not looking past my opponent, but I’m confident, I just plan to focus on making adjustments to improve one fight at a time, transitioning to six-rounders and becoming one of the top prospects in the lightweight division in 2019”


In the 6-round co-main event of the night, unbeaten lightweight Pedro Moreno (9-0, 5 KO’s) of Sacramento, California will battle veteran Erick Martinez (14-13-1, 8 KO’s) 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 late June. “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 watch.”


Also on the card


Junior welterweight Max Becerra (15-2-2, 8 KO’s) of Sacramento. Becerra will fight an opponent to be named later (6-rounds).


Unbeaten bantamweight prospect Eros Correa (2-0, 1 KO) of San Jose, California takes on Leonardo Torrez (4-11, 1 KO) of Mexico in a fight scheduled for 4-rounds.


And Opening up “New Blood” is featherweight prospect Arnold Dinong (1-0) of San Leandro, California. Dinong will face an opponent to be named later in a bout scheduled for 4-rounds.


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 the Thompson Boxing and Supreme Boxing Facebook page, Thompson Boxing  YouTube channel, and  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.




Anthony Saldana