Patient Ruvalcaba ready to ring in pro debut
Simon Ruvalcaba will fight someone with eight more pro fights, but he’ll finally open his professional boxing career Friday night in Vallejo, Calif.
Finding a foe with similar experience and a common weight has kept the South Lake Tahoe lightweight/welterweight in training for 23 weeks. But he’ll put on the gloves for the first time against Justo Almazan (3-4-1) in a four-rounder in a hangar on Mare Island.
“The only way for us to get him into fights is getting somebody with experience,” said Ruvalcaba’s trainer Juan Torres.
Ruvalcaba also hopes to fight Almazan on the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe fight card on July 6.
“For that to be a possiblity it would have to be a distance fight,” Ruvalcaba said. “If I hurt him, I’m gonna go for the finish.”
Fighters who are knocked out must wait 30 days before they can fight again. With the Harrah’s card nearly two weeks away, a KO would prevent either fighter from fighting July 6 in Stateline.
With his pro debut delayed three months, Ruvalcaba has relied on Torres’ experience and sparring sessions with veteran pro Miguel Ruiz of Carson City to enhance his chances of winning his first pro fight.
“I was getting some experience with some of the veteran tricks, which I might see Friday night,” Ruvalcaba said. “He might try to frustrate me by holding and really fighting dirty.”
What fight fans can expect from Ruvalcaba is less movement than he showed during his amateur career. He isn’t relying on knockouts to get the job done, but rather superior conditioning and scoring.
“I’m ready to go the distance in all my fights,” Ruvalcaba said. “I’m not a one-punch knockout artist. My knockouts are going to come with accumulation.
“Anyone who saw my amateur fights, a lot of my movement would be wasted. Now, I’m trying to move with a purpose.”
Torres, who retired from pro boxing last summer, will work as head cornerman for the first time since suffering the second of two strokes last August. He knows firsthand what Ruvalcaba will be going through in his pro debut.
“I’m pretty sure he’s going in there with butterflies, not knowing what to expect,” Torres said.
But at least Ruvalcaba is finally going through the ropes.
“I’m finally taking my dive into the river of boxing,” Ruvalcaba said. “Hopefully, I’ll have a good performance that will raise some eyebrows.”
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