Musical fighters ends with Simon matched against Fontana’s Bogarin |

Musical fighters ends with Simon matched against Fontana’s Bogarin

Steve Yingling

The only certainty in boxing is uncertainty.

Fight cards change more than middle school girls and boys switch sweethearts.

In the past month, former South Lake Tahoe resident Simon Ruvalcaba’s opponent for Saturday night’s fight card at the Reno Hilton has changed, at last count, four times.

Ruvalcaba (3-4-2) will fight Alex Bogarin (1-2) of Fontana in a middleweight bout on the undercard of co-main events involving Reno’s Joey Gilbert and Jose Luis Cruz Felix.

Bogarin won his last fight on Feb. 20 in Burbank, scoring a surprising knockout victory over Joe Goosen prospect Ricky Funez. One of Bogarin’s two defeats was to Hector Hernandez last August in Gardnerville.

Ruvalcaba, a South Tahoe High grad now living in Carson City, was originally set to fight Marlo Cortez of Van Nuys. When that possible match didn’t pan out, 35-year-old brawler Rudy Cruz became the focus of Ruvalcab’s preparation.

However, the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to approve that bout because Cortez (2-13-3) had lost too many fights in a row.

Ultimately, Ruvalcaba had to step up to the middleweight class once welterweight Alex Viramontes of Riverside declined to fight because of personal problems.

In the past when a fight has fallen through for Ruvalcaba, there hasn’t been so many options. But Greg Gulli Promotions has been helping Ruvalcaba try to restart a fight career that was derailed late last year by a shoulder injury.

“I just thought (Bogarin) was the best matchup for me style-wise of the options that I had. Although I may have been crossing the thin line between corageous and foolhearted, I was willing to fight at middleweight,” Ruvalcaba said.

Middleweights Gilbert (6-0) and Juan Carlos (6-2) of Covina will meet in one co-main event, while Jose Luis Cruz Felix (31-0, 25 KOs) of Mexico will duke it out with Lino Perez (5-1-1) of Venezuela in the other. The latter fight is for the WBC Intercontinental Mundo Hispano Welterweight World Championship:

Doors open at 6 p.m., with fights starting at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $50.

Fight notes: Among Ruvalcaba’s sparring partners for his 10th pro bout is retired pugilist Eric Majors, who will be moving from the area next month. Majors will also serve as one of Ruvalcaba’s cornermen … Ruvalcaba’s mother recently presented her son with special trunks to honor the memory of several individuals. The trunks will be inscribed with the names Michael, Marissa, Ryan and Anthony – two Tahoe youths and two friends that have died since his last fight.

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