Latest change takes toll on Ruvalcaba |

Latest change takes toll on Ruvalcaba

Steve Yingling

Twenty-four hours can do more damage than a Andrew Golota uppercut in the fight game.

It’s enough time for a matchmaker to zap a fighter’s strength and throw him off his routine.

In a day’s time Carson City fighter Simon Ruvalcaba learned that he’d be fighting a winner instead of a loser on Saturday night at the Reno Hilton.

Worse yet, the former South Lake Tahoe resident was told that he needed to lose seven pounds in three days since he would be fighting at welterweight instead of middleweight.

“I may not be attending my classes (Wednesday) night and Thursday morning because I will not be the most friendly person to be around the next 48 hours. When I’m losing weight like that, I don’t care much to be around too many people,” Ruvalcaba said.

The slim-fast diet, however, doesn’t come close to the pounds Ruvalcaba once had to shed as an amateur.

“I once had to shed 19 pounds in three days,” he said. “I got away with it being younger, but as I’m getting older, it’s getting harder to lose so much, so quick.

“I’ll do what I gotta do to make weight, just as I’ll do whatever it takes in the ring Saturday. There is no excuses. I’m as motivated as I’ve been in a long time.”

Ruvalcaba (3-4-2) was scheduled to fight Alex Bogarin (1-2) of Fontana, but there was concern that Bogarin wouldn’t show up for the fight.

Consequently, Ruvalcaba will drop the weight and trade punches with Alex Viramontes of Riverside in a five-round welterweight bout. Viramontes is 2-1, having lost his last fight by a lopsided decision to Larry Gonzales on Sept. 5 in Las Vegas. Viramontes’s previous fights have been at junior welterweight.

“He looked good in his first two fights, (so) it may turn out to be a fight of two Jekyll and Hyde fighters. Whoever is on Saturday night will win,” Ruvalcaba said. “The scouting report on Viramontes is that he’s a good boxer, but he is very raw. I think it will be a good chess match and I’m banking on my experience and defense to be the difference.”

The bout is on the undercard of a middleweight clash between Reno’s Joey Gilbert (6-0) and Juan Carlos (6-2) of Covina. The other featured bout is between Jose Luis Cruz Felix (31-0, 25 KOs) of Mexico and Lino Perez (5-1-1) of Venezuela.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first bout is set for 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15 to $50.

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