By Francisco Salazar
Junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will fight Juan Ruiz in a 10 round bout on May 12th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed to Fightnews.com Wednesday morning. The bout will take place at the Community Senior Center in Woodland, CA, located about 20 miles outside of Sacramento. Escobedo will return to the same venue where he knocked out Lonnie Smith in the first round of his last bout on March 3rd. Escobedo dropped Smith three times in route to getting the knockout victory at 2:20. Escobedo (25-3, 15 KOs), who was born and raised in Woodland, trains under Joel Diaz at Boys and Girls Club in the Southern California desert city of Indio. Should he come out victorious, Escobedo has been discussed as a possible opponent for junior lightweight world title belt holder Adrien Broner. That fight could possibly take place in late summer or early fall.
Broner is scheduled to make a title defense against fringe contender Gary Sykes on May 19th, on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson rematch at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
“To be honest, I haven’t really thought about a fight with Broner,” Escobedo told Fightnews.com in an interview earlier this month. “I’m taking things fight by fight. I’m just ready for a war in my next fight.”
Ruiz (23-9, 7 KOs) hails from the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. He is coming off an eight round unanimous decision loss to Jose Aguiniga two months ago at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, CA.
He has lost seven out of his last eight bouts, with the only victory coming over former world champion Wayne McCullough almost four years ago. His most impressive victory to date was a 12 round unanimous decision over former world champion Cristobal Cruz over eight years ago.
Ruiz began his professional career with 13 straight victories in a row before losing a controversial eight round split decision to Erik Rodriguez in February of 2003.