Villa And Mitchell Feature On 'New Blood’ Card


Unbeaten featherweight Ruben Villa (11-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif stars in the main event, while San Francisco heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (16-0, 14 KOs) looks to add another explosive knockout win in the "New Blood" co-feature this Saturday at the Omega Products International in Sacramento.


The seven-fight line up has a distinct Northern California feel, as most of the combatants hail from Northern California cities.


Villa, 21, will face Mexico’s Ricardo Lopez (7-2-2, 6 KOs) in an 8-round fight that will mark his third start of the year. The slick southpaw defends his WBO Youth title that he won in April in his hometown. Villa thoroughly outpointed Marlon Olea for his first championship as a professional.


"I’m anxious to get back in the ring," said Villa, who is managed by Danny Zamora. "I like being active. I’m defending my title for the first time. I’ll have a lot of fans in attendance so I’m ready to put on a great show."


Villa is promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.



Mitchell will face fellow Bay Area native and former sparring partner Rodney Hernandez (10-7-2, 2 KOs) in a hometown bragging rights showdown that projects to feature plenty of powerful punching (8-rounds). Hernandez, who is from San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, is in badly need of a win, having gone 0-3-1 in his last four fights.


The undefeated Mitchell will likely need to shake off a bit of ring rust since he was last active 10 months ago in a third round knockout win of Mike Bissett. Mitchell, a southpaw, will defend his Junior NABF heavyweight title.


"It’s going to be an entertaining fight," said Mitchell, who works full time as a physical education teacher. "We know each other well because we’ve sparred in the past. There’s going to be no feeling out rounds. I’m going after him right from the start."


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