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Heralded prospect Ruben Villa remains undefeated

PHILADELPHIA, PENN./ORANGE, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017)- Heralded prospect Ruben
Villa (10-0, 4 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. made it ten straight wins to start
his career by outpointing veteran Juan Sandoval (15-18, 5 KOs) of Mexico.
Scores: 59-55, 60-54 twice.

The bout was the co-feature this past Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel
in Ontario, California.

Villa, 20, capitalized on his southpaw stance by landing a strong jab and
countering with a right hook that routinely found its mark. Sandoval often
looked confused and never managed to find any angles against the busier

“I just tried to keep the pressure on him from start to finish,” said
Villa, who is co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing. “I
think he fought a cautious fight, but I was still able to land a lot of
punches in every round.”

Villa was most impressive in the fourth and fifth rounds when he delivered
numerous sets of combinations that stunned the taller Sandoval. While Villa
kept his unbeaten streak alive on Friday night, another, less recognizable
streak ended. In his previous unanimous decision wins, Villa had won every
round on every scorecard. On Friday night, one judge failed to give Villa
all six rounds (59-55).

“That streak was bound to end sooner or later,” Villa said. “I’ll have to
start another one.”

“Once again Ruben had a terrific outing on Friday night,” said Banner
Promotions President, Artie Pelullo.

“Ruben continues his progression and development, and we are extremely
pleased at where he is at. 2018 is going to be a big year for Ruben, as we
will see him fight for some regional titles in the next 12-18 months.”

“Ruben looked impressive yet again against a veteran opponent,” said Ken
Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing. “Ruben is developing and maturing
quicker than we anticipated. He’ll be back in the ring very soon.”

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