Ruben Villa (7-0, 4 KOs), one of the featherweight division's brightest young talents, takes the next step in his development by clashing with veteran Ernesto Guerrero (26-19, 18 KOs) in one of two highly anticipated match-ups on Friday's "New Blood" undercard.
The 6-round bout takes place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Tickets for "New Blood" are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900 or visiting ThompsonBoxing.com.
Villa, a southpaw fighting out of Salinas, Calif., turned professional last July and already has produced seven one-sided wins. His opponent for Friday, Mexico's Guerrero, is no push over. Guerrero has won his last five fights, four of which ended in knockout fashion.
"Guerrero's a veteran so we've been extra serious in this camp," said Villa. "My team believes that I can take him out. My team wouldn't set me up against an opponent that I wouldn't be able to handle so I feel ready for this challenge."
Villa, 20, loaded up on top-level sparring to help bridge the experience gap between him and Guerrero. He spent three weeks in Indio, Calif. sparring against elite competition such as unbeaten, world title contender Joseph Diaz.
"The way Diaz puts his punches together was really impressive," said Villa, who is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. "It was a great learning experience for me. It's not every day you get to spar with someone with that high of a skill level."
In addition to the knowledge learned from the Diaz sessions, Villa is attempting to sharpen his mental focus for his fight against Guerrero.
"I need to be more intelligent in the ring," Villa said. "I've been a little reckless listening to the crowd and taking unnecessary risks. We sparred against bigger guys during this training camp to help me stay disciplined."
Also on the "New Blood" undercard, advanced junior lightweight prospect Michael Dutchover (5-0, 4 KOs), who is a close friend and occasional sparring partner to Villa, fights Carlos Flores (4-5-1, 3 KOs) in bout set for 6-rounds.
Like Villa, Dutchover comes from an outstanding amateur career and also shares the same promotional outfits in Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.
All five fights will be livestreamed on TB Presents: New Blood via Thompson Boxing Facebook page and ThompsonBoxing.com.
The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET with Beto Duran as the blow-by-blow announcer and Steve Kim providing expert color commentary.
PARK CITY, Kansas - 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez returns to the ring this Saturday night for his third professional fight, headlining "KO Night Boxing: Step Up!", at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.
"KO Night Boxing: Step Up!" is a presentation of KO Night Boxing LLC., in association with Hartman Arena, Mort's Cigar Bar, Jimmy Egg and Twister City Harley-Davidson. The action will be taped live for future airing on CBS Sports Network.
Hernandez (2-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Wichita, has a new opponent in the six-round main event, Kyrgyzstan flyweight Basyzbek Baratov (2-1-2).
Fighting out of Philadelphia, Baratov has had some tough luck, in terms of scoring, with two draws and a loss by split decision. His pro record could easily be 5-0.
A pair of undefeated Roc Nation Sports fighters, New Haven (CT) featherweight Tramaine "The Mighty Midget" Williams (12-0, 5 KOs) and Chinese heavyweight Zhilei "Big Bang" Zhang (17-0, 13 KOs), will be showcased.
USBA No. 2-rated Williams faces Derrick Murray (13-2 (5 KOs), of St. Louis (MO), in the 10-round co-feature. Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, Zhang meets Missouri veteran Byron "The Bear" Polley (30-21-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout.
Also fighting on the televised portion of the card is a 10-round welterweight match pitting undefeated rising star Armando "The Gentleman" Alvarez (16-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Key West, Florida, against Hungarian champion Gabor "Squirrel" Gorbics (23-7, 14 KOs).
In an eight-round battle of heavyweights, Los Angeles' Scott Alexander (12-2-2, 6 KOs) faces Richard "Silverback" Carmack (15-1-1, 12 KOs), of Kansas City (MO).
The already loaded undercard continues to provide a boxing platform for local fighters in four-round fights: Kansas City (MO) junior middleweight Marcus Neal (2-1, 2 KOs) vs. Akeem Black (2-1, 1 KO), of Milwaukee, Wichita's pro-debuting light heavyweight Jeff Sturm vs. Chris Ortega (3-0-1), of Topeka (KS), and Topeka's Brian Clements (0-0-1) vs. Liberian junior welterweight Archie Weah, fighting out of Ohio.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 11 @ 10 a.m. CT) at the Hartman Arena box office and http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/06005308B32459E5 Prices are $115.00 (VIP), $75.00, $75.00, $50.00, $30.00 and $25.00.
This is an all-ages show. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. CT with the opening bout scheduled at 7:00 p.m. CT.
TITLE Boxing is the official apparel and gloves partner for KO Night Boxing, LLC.
This past weekend in Miami, Heavyweight Factory Gym Founder, Kris Lawrence, and a group of their prominent fighters, which included recently signed two-time Olympic Super Heavyweight Bronze Medallist Ivan Dychko, opened their hearts to the victims of Hurricane Irma by holding a free barbecue.
Over two 10-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday, the group cooked and served over 2500 pieces of chicken, 1000 sausages, 800 racks of ribs, as well as baked beans and potato salad, to a hungry community still feeling the effects of the devastating hurricane.
Standing 6' 9" tall, Kazakhstan's Dychko was an imposing sight at first, but quickly warmed the hearts of locals with his warm smile and tireless efforts to help. Despite the oppressive heat, he and former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, who also volunteered his time, posed for hundreds of pictures between servings.
"Ivan was amazing," said Heavyweight Factory Director of Boxing, Henry Rivalta. "He hung in there while the sun was brutal. His desire to stay with us and make sure the neighborhood was fed was just awesome."
Well-known for being very giving to the needy, Lawrence is active with several charities and, every Christmas, loads a 40-foot container with toys and distributes them to children on the streets of his native Liberty City.
"Giving back to the community gave our team a chance to join together and provide nice warm meals, which have been hard to find, due to the circumstances of Hurricane Irma," continued Rivalta.
Dychko, a heavily decorated amateur, was also a two-time world amateur championships silver medallist. He and trainer Derek Santos are hard at work at the Heavyweight Factory for his highly anticipated professional debut on September 28 in Kentucky.