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Trainer says it’s time for Ruvalcaba’s first pro win

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

Simon Ruvalcaba of South Lake Tahoe will resume his boxing career with a 145-pound bout against a San Diego foe making his professional debut Thursday in Imperial Beach, Calif.

“We heard he’s a hard puncher with no technique,” Ruvalcaba said. “I’ll be looking to outbox and outslick him.”

Ruvalcaba hasn’t fought since an accidental headbutt prematurely stopped his October bout with Amos Sotelo. The forehead cut brought into play a Nevada Athletic Commission rule that prevented Ruvalcaba from contact for 45 days and fighting for two months.

That no contest still has Ruvalcaba (0-3) searching for his first pro victory.

“He has to win,” said trainer Juan Torres. “I questioned myself a couple of times about my ability to train people, but I know that it’s not me because of what some other fighter I train are doing.

“This has to come from him. He has to have that killer instinct and go in there and hurt somebody.”

Torres figured Ruvalcaba would have won already, especially considering how he prepares for a fight.

“He trains like he’s training world title fight and that something happens once he gets in the ring,” Torres said.

Ruvalcaba last fought in Imperial Beach in October, losing a split decision to Jose Montes, a veteran of 54 pro fights.

“It was officially a loss, but I felt like a winner after that fight,” said Ruvalcaba, who was awarded the fight 40-36 by one judge, but was on the short end of 40-36 and 39-37 verdicts by the other two scorers. “I thought I had it … it boosted my confidence more than anything.”

“He has to win,” said trainer Juan Torres. “I questioned myself a couple of times about my ability to train people, but I know that it’s not me because of what some other fighters I train are doing.

“This has to come from him. He has to have that killer instinct and go in there and hurt somebody.”

Torres figured Ruvalcaba would have won this far into his pro career, especially considering how he prepares for fights.

“He trains like he’s training for a world title fight and then something happens once he gets in the ring,” Torres said.

Ruvalcaba last fought in Imperial Beach in October, losing a split decision to Jose Montes, a veteran of 54 pro fights.

“It was officially a loss, but I felt like a winner after that fight,” said Ruvalcaba at the time.

Ruvalcaba was awarded the fight 40-36 by one judge, but was on the short end of 40-36 and 39-37 verdicts by the other two scorers.

“I thought I had it … it boosted my confidence more than anything,” he said.


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