Ruvalcaba lethargic in loss at Hilton
Simon Ruvalcaba’s return to the ring didn’t go as planned on Saturday night at the Reno Hilton.
The Carson City fighter lost every round en route to losing a unanimous decision to Alex Viramontes (3-1) of Riverside in a five-round welterweight bout, ending a two-fight winning streak.
“I let myself down more than anybody. It wasn’t my night,” said Ruvalcaba, a South Tahoe High alum.
Ruvalcaba was lethargic throughout the bout, unable to expend the energy needed to pull out the decision.
“I just couldn’t pull the trigger to make him pay. His face was wide open in front of me and I just couldn’t let them go fast enough,” Ruvalcaba said. “It became embarrassing.”
A midweek switch in opponents and weight classifications forced Ruvalcaba to shed seven pounds in three days.
Ruvalcaba ate breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, breakfast on Thursday and nothing Friday until after his weigh-in in the evening. His intense workout on Wednesday left him so dehydrated that he pulled off to the side of the road on his way home and called 9-1-1.
“It was real stupid to lose so much weight so fast,” Ruvalcaba said. “I wanted to lose the bulk of it on Wednesday and I overdid it.
“My chest felt like it was caving in and I thought I was going to pass out. Nobody knew about it, but I should have just pulled out of the fight.”
Paramedics examined Ruvalcaba, but after hydrating, the fighter deciding not to proceed to the hospital.
An injury to his right shoulder had kept Ruvalcaba (3-5-2) out of the ring since July 12 when he won a majority decision over Roman Polak of Reno.
On Sunday, Ruvalcaba couldn’t raise the same shoulder above his head and will have it examined today.
“It it needs to be operated on, I’ll do whatever has to happen to make it heal,” Ruvalcaba said. “I’ll take the proper amount of time to heal my shoulder.”
Ruvalcaba won’t have a choice this time since his boxing license was suspended following his bout Saturday.
“It’s only going to help because that will mean it will be fully healed,” he said. “The last time it was feeling good, so I just thought I’d get back in the gym.”
In the co-main events with local significance, Joey Gilbert (7-0) of Reno scored a fourth-round technical knockout victory over Kirk Douglas of Missouri.
Meanwhile, Jose Luis Cruz Felix (31-0-2) nearly lost for the first time as a pro, fighting to a draw with Venezuela’s Lino Perez in a contest for the vacant World Boxing Council Mundo Hispano welterweight crown.