MIDLAND, Texas: Midland native and undefeated high-end prospect Michael Dutchover and highly regarded lightweight talent Thomas Mattice both made weight a day before their main event showdown on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, September 20 live on SHOWTIME (10:30 p.m. ET/PT).

Dutchover (13-0, 10 KOs) is making his second appearance on ShoBox and is fighting in his hometown for the first time as a professional. Dutchover said he would enter the ring wearing the high school football jersey of Midland legend and former NFL star Cedric Benson, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on August 17 in Austin. Cleveland’s Mattice (14-1-1, 10 KOs) will be fighting on ShoBox for a fifth time.

In the co-feature, undefeated featherweight prospects Ruben Villa (16-0, 5 KOs) of Salinas, Calif., and Enrique Vivas (17-0, 9 KOs) of Mexico City clash in a 10-round matchup.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing in association with GH3 Promotions, Garcia Promotions and Now Boxing Promotions, are priced at $120, $100 and $80 and can be purchased online at www.haciendamidland,com or by calling 432-563-3737.

Dutchover and Villa are co-promoted by Thompson Boxing and Banner Promotions.


Lightweight 10-Round Bout
Michael Dutchover – 134 ¼ lbs.
Thomas Mattice – 134 ¼ lbs.
Referee: Robert Velez
Judges: Jesse Reyes (Dallas), Ursaio Perez (San Antonio), Ruben Carrion (San Antonio)

Featherweight 10-Round Bout
Ruben Villa – 125 ¼ lbs.
Enrique Vivas – 126 lbs.
Referee: Robert Velez (El Paso, Texas)
Judges: Jesse Reyes (Dallas), Ursaio Perez (San Antonio), Ruben Carrion (San Antonio)

Here’s what the fighters had to say before they weighed in at the Doubletree by Hilton.



“This is just like another fight. My family lives here, but I’m staying at the fight hotel and treating it like any other fight. The location doesn’t matter but I’m glad it’s here though. The ring is my home, so I fight at home every fight.

“Everyone knows football is king here, but my dream has come true and it is time for Friday Night Lights, boxing-style.

“Training camp at the Santa Fe Springs Boxing Club went great with my trainer Danny Zamora. We peaked at the right time. We’re just ready to go.

“Cedric Benson is a Midland legend and went to my arch-rival high school Midland Lee High. I grew up seeing him star here locally and then play in the NFL. He was a true inspiration for me and all aspiring athletes from Midland.

“August 31 is a tragic day for all of Midland and West Texas as five people were gunned down here. For the past few weeks everyone has been sad, but I feel this is a perfect time to bring some happiness and positivity to the area.

“My last fight was quick, but you can never be a perfect boxer and you can always get better. So we worked on some things and Friday night I’m going to show how I’ve improved.

“My ring generalship and just being calm in the ring is what I’ve focused on. The fight is won in training camp and I’m in the best shape I’ve been in.”


“This will be a tough test, but we’re ready. The crowd might ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’, but I won’t hear it. The crowd means nothing because what it boils down to is two men in a square.

“People expect me to start slow and that’s what I’ve shown, but you’ll see something different from me right from the start.

“There is a regional WBO belt on the line so it’s a big fight. Whoever wins will be ranked after this fight.

“I’m going to be on point tomorrow night. When I get hit, it’s because I do something stupid. That’s not going to happen this time.”


“I feel like I adjusted OK in my last fight on ShoBox against an awkward fighter. It was a good learning experience. I can keep my composure and I know that if I’m in a dog fight, I can adjust and go into deep waters. My opponent will start to fade around round six and I can drown him.

“I feel like quiet and soft-spoken doesn’t get you very far, so I plan to be a little more aggressive.

“There aren’t many people as fast as me. I feel like my confidence is pretty high right now, but anything can happen.

“I’m a fast fighter and my quick feet are my biggest attribute. We all know, ‘slow feet, don’t eat.’

“Going to Robert [Garcia]’s gym in Riverside really helped me because he has a lot of young and hungry guys.

“Shakur Stevenson was my amateur rival and I know he’s fighting next for a world title. But my time will come. I predict that within 12 months I will be doing the same.”


“I know I’m fighting a tough and skilled opponent, but I just feel like this is my time. We’re both Olympians and have had success. We know each other and have sparred together. This is a once in a lifetime chance for us and we jumped on it. It’s too big an opportunity to pass up.

“For this fight we decided to train in Otomi, Mexico. My trainers are Mario and Ramon Morales and they have many years of experience as they were trainers for Marco Antonio Barrera and they also helped me train when I won the regional WBF North America belt and the Latin American WBC belt.

“Villa is a very intelligent fighter with good technique. He’s not an easy fighter but we are prepared and look forward to getting the victory.

“I’m excited to fight on SHOWTIME. I fought on television once before against Edixon Perez, who was supposed to fight Diego De La Hoya in Mexicali, and I got the victory; I’m looking for the same result on my second televised fight.

“He is a good technical puncher and I know his style and that he won’t be too aggressive. So we’ve worked on how to close the ring. It’s a great style matchup and we expect an exciting fight.

“[His promoter] Mikey Garcia always watches my fights and gives me advice. He has taught me to fight more intelligently and always tells me to be patient. He’s my idol. I appreciate his guidance.”

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