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Ruvalcaba upset by referee’s decisiion

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune Midway through the second round of Saturday night's fight at the Reno Events Center, Simon Ruvalcaba is deemed unable to continue in his welterweight bout against Raymond Biggs Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y.
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By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

Knocked down by Raymond Biggs Jr. for the second time in three rounds, welterweight Simon Ruvalcaba was taking the necessary steps to lift himself from the canvas so he could keep his dream of winning alive.

But with the former South Lake Tahoe resident resting on one knee at the count of six, referee Norm Budden nixed the rest of the standing eight count and awarded Biggs the technical knockout Saturday at the Reno Events Center in Reno.

Afterward, Ruvalcaba wasn’t happy about not getting another opportunity to turn the six-round fight.

“I hope I get shown less sympathy in my next fight,” Ruvalcaba said. “They may care about me, but they should give me the same opportunity they give other fighters. It was going to take a miracle to pull the fight off with having been down twice in three rounds, but I was going to go for it. All I’m saying is that I should’ve been given that opportunity.”

Ruvalcaba, who lives in Carson City, thinks his familiarity with fight officials and referees in Nevada works against him sometimes.

“I feel they care about me too much personally and make decisions like that, where other fighters may have been given the chance to continue,” he said. “I understand the concern, but if I felt I was hurt I would have stayed down. If I make the decision to get up and want to fight on, I should be allowed to do so.”

Biggs, a Lou Duva prospect from Brooklyn, N.Y., made few mistakes in raising his pro record to 3-0.

“Ray had such fast and precise combinations. They weren’t hard shots, just right on the button,” Ruvalcaba said. “He had incredible timing and seemed to find every opening.

“Biggs is a good fighter and I think that he is going to be a world champion in the future.”

The first opening came in the first round when Biggs dropped Ruvalcaba with a right jab. Ruvalcaba fought back and avoided more trouble in the round two.

But a minute into the third round Biggs started a four-punch flurry that culminated into a left hook that sent Ruvalcaba to the canvas.

The knockout dropped Ruvalcaba’s record to 3-7-2 and under Nevada Athletic Commission rules he can’t spar for 30 days or fight for a month and a half. The commission doctor and several boxing friends suggested afterward that Ruvalcaba should consider retiring.

Ruvalcaba didn’t take any time to consider the recommendation.

“I’m moving my bandwagon forward even if it’s with less and less passengers each fight,” Ruvalcaba said. “I’m starting to see the reality of an athletic career and it’s tough. How do you get told at 27 that you don’t have it any more, that you can’t do the thing that has been your passion for years?

“I’ll admit I may not have much time left in the game. They can say what they want about my record, but at least I’m going in there and doing it.”


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