Ruben Villa showed some power early in his fight Friday night and went on to easily out-box previously unbeaten Enrique Vivas.
Villa, a 22-year-old featherweight prospect, knocked down Vivas in the second round, remained in control throughout their 10-round bout and won a unanimous decision in Midland, Texas. Judges Ruben Carrion, Ursulo Perez and Jesse Reyes each scored all 10 rounds for Villa, who won by the same score, 100-89, on their cards.
Villa, of Salinas, California, upped his record to 17-0 (5 KOs). The 25-year-old Vivas, a native Mexican who resides in Montebello, California, slipped to 17-1 (9 KOs).
Villa’s victory was the second of three bouts broadcast by Showtime as part of a “ShoBox: The New Generation” tripleheader from La Hacienda Event Center.
Villa landed a left uppercut with one minute to go in the fight. Vivas continued coming forward during those final three minutes, but he couldn’t catch Villa with the type of punch he needed to change the course of their fight.
Vivas had some success in the ninth round, but Villa drilled him with a straight left just before it ended. Vivas drilled Villa with a straight right hand when there was just over a minute to go in the ninth.
Villa nailed Vivas with a right hook and straight left hand in the final minute of the eighth round. Villa’s hard right to the body caught Vivas when he was coming in, with 50 seconds to go in the seventh round.
Vivas went to the canvas about 50 seconds into the sixth round, but it was ruled a slip. A quick left hand by Villa connected with 1:11 to go in the sixth round.
A right hand by Vivas snapped back Villa’s head with about 20 seconds to go in the sixth round.
Before the sixth round began, the second rope from the top snapped in half near a neutral corner. Repairing it caused nearly an 11-minute delay prior to the start of the sixth round.
Vivas’ straight right hand knocked Villa off balance at 1:15 of the fifth round. Vivas caught Villa with another right hand when there were 26 seconds to go in the fifth.
Villa drilled Vivas with a straight left at 1:40 of the fourth round and quickly moved out of Vivas’ punching range. Vivas continued applying pressure in the fourth round, but didn’t land any consequential punches before it ended.
Vivas landed a right and a left in the final minute of the third round to slow Villa’s attack.
A straight left hand by Villa knocked down Vivas with four seconds to go in the second round. Vivas went down for the first time in his pro career and appeared hurt once he reached his feet.
The round should’ve ended before the action resumed, but the bell didn’t ring until approximately a minute later. Villa landed another hard left hand just before the bell sounded to finally end that extremely lengthy second round.
A straight right hand by Vivas got Villa’s attention with just under 1:50 to go in the second round.
Villa landed a right hook in the final minute of the first round, which made Vivas tie him up.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.