Majors, Ruvalcaba to fight on same card in Sacramento
A prefight scouting report couldn’t come any cheaper or easier than the one Eric Majors of South Lake Tahoe received for his Friday night fight in Sacramento.
As luck would have it, Majors is scheduled to fight Justo Almazon (8-26-1, 3 KOs), the same fighter that South Shore’s Simon Ruvalcaba has fought twice in his brief pro career.
“Simon is letting me know how he fights and what to look for,” said Majors, who is determined to raises his 4-4 record above .500 at Memorial Auditorium.
“I was going to watch some tapes of him. I know he has no power and I know he has some experience. Because I’m bigger and stronger, I have what it takes to win a fight like this.”
Ruvalcaba (0-4, no contest) will also fight on the undercard of the Don Chargin and ESPN2 Capital Defense show, seeking his first professional win. For once, Ruvalcaba will be matched against a welterweight with less pro experience. Anthony Charnwell of Sacramento is making his pro debut.
“This fight is going to be different,” Ruvalcaba said. “My debut was ruined; this is my chance to do it to somebody else now.”
Ruvalcaba hasn’t fought since taking a fight he regretted April 28 in Imperial Beach, Calif. On that night, Ruvalcaba fought unbeaten Jairo Ramirez after Ramirez’s opponent was a no-show and Ruvalcaba’s failed a prefight exam.
“My last fight I got tied to the railroad tracks, but if I could have derailed Ramirez I would have had a chance of getting my career back on track,” Ruvalcaba said.
Ramirez’s speed and power overwhelmed Ruvalcaba in the first round, resulting in a one-inch cut to his right eyelid and a standing eight count.
Trainer Juan Torres stopped the fight after the first round. Torres, who has relocated to Las Vegas from South Lake Tahoe, won’t be in Ruvalcaba’s or Majors’ corner on Friday because of a prior commitment in Las Vegas.
“We may have some complete strangers in our corners,” Ruvalcaba said. “It doesn’t really matter, because we’ll pretty much have to go with our instincts.”
Majors, on the other hand, has an opportunity to build on his smashing return to the ring. After not fighting for 20 months because surgery to remove his gall bladder, Majors KO’d Alfredo Andrave of El Cajon, Calif., in the second round May 2 in Imperial Beach.
“I just have to keep winning,” Majors said. “I’m comfortable with Almazon’s experience. In a sense it will help me have a good boxing match.
“He’s not going to do much to me. If I don’t knock him out, I can beat him on points.”
No. 1 World Boxing Council super bantamweights contender Israel Vasquez (32-2-0) will fight Oscar “Chololo” Larios (43-3-1), second-ranked by the WBC, in one of the co-main events. In the other main attraction, Javier Juaregui (44-10) will duke it out with Miguel Casillas (25-2) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout.
Doors open at 5 p.m., with the first bout set for 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $22 to $44.
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