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Cesar Villarraga unfazed by George Acosta challenge

Battle tested veteran warrior, super featherweight Cesar Villarraga (10-6-1, 5 KOs), has upset on his mind as he faces hot prospect, George “El Yuyu” Acosta (14-1, 2 KOs), in an 8-round main event bout on Thompson Boxing’s “New Blood” card.

“New Blood” will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA on Friday, April 21, 2023. Doors open at 6:45 pm PT with the first fight starting at 8:00 pm PT.

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Here is what Villarraga had to say about his upcoming matchup with George Acosta, his recent training camp, and more.

On his recent training camp:

“I’ve been in the gym for the last few months hoping that I would get an opportunity to fight. I’ve been working on setting up my power shots so fans can expect me to drop a few bombs. I always stay ready, and I feel I’m in good enough shape to put on a great performance.”

On his matchup with George Acosta:

“Acosta has come along way. My plan is to bring the fight to him. At this point in my career, I have nothing to lose, so I’m going to bring a lot of pressure and try to get him out of there. I feel my power is on another level and it will be on display the Friday when I step in the ring.”

On making his 2023 debut:

“Last year I got back in the ring after taking a few years off. I fought two undefeated fighters and knocked one of them out. On paper my record might not be that great, but believe me, I’m a lot better than it appears. 2023 will be a comeback year for me and it starts with me beating Acosta.”

On fighting in main event on Thompson Boxing card:

“Thompson Boxing cards are always fun because the fans are up close and personal. I’ve fought most of my career on their shows and I feel comfortable fighting at the Doubletree. I will have plenty of fans in attendance and I’m going to pull off the upset.”

Beto Duran will operate as the blow-by-blow commentator with expert commentary by Rich Marotta.

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