Undefeated 122-pound prospect Victor Pasillas shared insight into his training camp and more as he prepares to take on fellow unbeaten Ra’eese Aleem for the interim WBA super bantamweight title Saturday, January 23 live on SHOWTIME® in a Premier Boxing Champions event from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
(Photo by Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions)
The event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions.
Fighting out of his native Los Angeles, Calif. the 28-year-old Pasillas (15-0, 8 KOs) had an extensive amateur career and burst onto the scene with a career-best victory in September 2020, as he knocked out the previously unbeaten Ranfis Encarnacion in the sixth round.
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With a victory on January 23, Pasillas puts himself into position for a world title shot, potentially against the winner of that night’s main event that pits WBO 122-pound Champion Angelo Leo against unbeaten rising star Stephen Fulton Jr. Here is what Pasillas had to say about training, his upcoming showdown against Aleem and more:
On his recent training camp in Redwood City, Calif., with coach Brian Schwartz:
“I’m having a really good training camp and I’ve been getting great sparring from my boys Eros Correa and Arnold Dinong. These guys are pushing me to the limit. In addition, my coach Brian Schwartz is right on point with everything we’ve been working on. I’m feeling great as we enter the final days of training camp.”
On his matchup with Ra’eese Aleem:
“I keep telling everyone that this fight is going to steal the show. I’m ready to put a beating on him and have the world witness a major beatdown. You have two pit bulls who are going to leave everything in the ring, and this pit bull will not be denied. This is going to be an all-out war and I can’t wait. I’m coming to knock his ass out.”
On making his SHOWTIME debut on January 23:
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“I’m so grateful to my manager Greg Hannley and everyone at PBC and SHOWTIME for giving me this opportunity. Ever since I was a little kid, I always dreamed about what it would be like to fight on the big stage and here we are. Words cannot describe how I’m going to feel when I step in that ring on fight night. I’m getting butterflies just thinking about it. I’ll be ready to show out and show the world that I’m elite. Everyone should be tuning into SHOWTIME on January 23, because the goblin will be let loose.”
On what a victory will do for his career:
“Because this fight is for the WBA interim title, when I beat Aleem, it’s going to put me next in line to fight for the regular world title, so this fight means everything to me. I’m going to eliminate Aleem from the path, and I won’t stop until I become the unified champion at 122-pounds.”
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Prince Ranch Boxing’s undefeated contender Victor Pasillas (16-0, 9 KOs), after a star-making performance on FS1 PBC Fight Night, is now ranked WBA #8 at super bantamweight. Pasillas picked up his sixth consecutive knockout when he destroyed previously unbeaten Ranfis Encarnacion (17-1, 13 KOs) on September 23, 2020.
Pasillas, who was an East Los Angeles legend in the amateur ranks with a record of 272 wins with only 6 defeats, and 175 RSCs, which is equivalent to knockouts, now wants champions Angelo Leo (20-0, 9 KOs), Brandon Figueroa (21-0-1, 16 KOs), Luis Nery (31-0, 24 KOs) and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6 KOs), and believes he can fight for a world title right now.
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“I am the best-kept secret in boxing,” said Pasillas. “My core team and everyone in the boxing industry knows that I’m a world champion in the making. I want to fight Angelo Leo; I know that his style will not work on me; you can’t beat me with just pressure; I am too smart for that. He’s a great champion, but I’ll beat him down if we ever fight.”
Pasillas held nothing back as he let it be known he is unimpressed with the WBA super bantamweight world champion, Brandon Figueroa.
“After watching Brandon Figueroa in his last fight with Vazquez, I confident in myself that I would annihilate him,” continued Pasillas. “Figueroa has never been in the ring with a fighter of my caliber, and I would stop him as well.”
“Luis Nery is a good fighter, but I will take that cat out,” Pasillas resumed. “My footwork, combined with my power, will be too much for him. Once I blast him with a power shot, he’ll be toast.”
Pasillas brought up IBF/WBA super bantamweight world champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev, better known in the United States as M.J.
“And this guy M.J. is supposed to be the guy everyone is afraid of, I want him as well,” Pasillas concluded. “No one is calling him out, so I am, and I will dethrone him too!”
It is clear Pasillas is ready and willing to take a world title shot against any of the champions at super bantamweight; the big question is…will the respected champions accept a fight with this emerging star.
I’m going to take over the 122-pound division one fight at a time until I become champion.”
“There are a lot of big fights that can be made with all the champions at super bantamweight,” said Greg Hannley, CEO of Prince Ranch Boxing. “We want all of them and will fight anyone to land that title shot.”