Ruvalcaba to make pro debut Tuesday in Las Vegas |

Ruvalcaba to make pro debut Tuesday in Las Vegas

Steve Yingling

Simon says it’s finally time to step through the ropes into the professional ranks.

After a 21-week training camp, 23-year-old boxer Simon Ruvalcaba will make his belated pro debut Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Ruvalcaba’s first opponent wasn’t identified at press time, but what is known is the fight is at 140 pounds and his foe has a 1-1 record.

“I’m excited it’s going to finally happen,” said Ruvalcaba, who will fight on the undercard of a Franz Botha heavweight match at the Fremont Street Experience.

TV rights for the card were picked up by ESPN2 for its new Tuesday Night Fights series.

However, there is one possible hitch. Ruvalcaba is hoping the results of his physical, blood, urinalysis and vision exams can be rushed to the Nevada Athletic Commission prior to Tuesday’s fight. If not, there is a chance he will have to wait even longer to make his pro debut.

“I’m just hoping all that happens on time,” he said.

He expects to cover his pricey $700 Nevada licensing fee through his health insurance plan at Caesars Tahoe and from the genorisity of his uncle Tim Ruvalcaba.

“I never wanted to make any family relationships turn into a business associations, then it would be about money and not about family,” Ruvalcaba said.

The 5-foot-9 Ruvalcaba amassed a 54-17 record as an amateur, developing his skills while being enlisted in the Army. Since his commitment to the Army ended, Ruvalcaba has been training locally with former pro boxer and kickboxer Juan Torres. He is hoping to a boxing promoter will sign him soon.

“I would like to be on sort of a schedule with my bouts instead of training and not knowing if I’m fighting tomorrow,” Ruvalcaba said. “This has turned out to be the longest layoff of my career and longest training camp without having fought. I’m ready.”

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