Ruvalcaba set for 15th pro bout |

Ruvalcaba set for 15th pro bout

Steve Yingling

Boxer Simon Ruvalcaba will attempt to stop a five-match losing streak when he fights Joe Calabria on Friday at The Orleans Casino in Las Vegas.

Ruvalcaba (3-9-2) carries an edge in pro experience into the four-round junior welterweight bout. Calabria has only one pro bout under his belt – a second-round TKO of Richard Turner more than a year ago in Fort Mitchell, Ky.

The 29-year-old Ruvalcaba, a graduate of South Tahoe High, stopped a streak of three straight TKO defeats in his previous bout. Last October, Ruvalcaba dropped a four-round unanimous decision to Carson City’s Flavio Cardoza, who was making his second pro appearance. Ruvalcaba wasn’t busy enough against Cardoza and vowed not to fight again at middleweight.

Friday’s bout will be Ruvalcaba third since a 22-month layoff that ended last April.

“It’s a far cry of where I thought my career would be in year eight,” Ruvalcaba said. “I will be having my 15th pro fight, and I thought that I’d be 15 fights into the pros somewhere around my second year. I feel really good, and I’m gonna fight my heart out no matter what. I have full faith and confidence in myself.”

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Ruvalcaba planned to train at Kenny Adams’ Worldbeaters Boxing Gym in Las Vegas the week.

” It will be an honor to train with the man that made the Fort Hood boxing team that I was a part of in the Army,” he said. “It’s gonna be like the Dallas Cowboys of today being able to go back and practice under Tom Landry, and it will be an even bigger honor if Adams ends up in (my) corner.”

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