By Bill Green
On September 1st, 2018 Omaha’s own Kevin “Badass” Ventura 9-0 (8) will make his much anticipated Golden Boy Promotions debut. Dating back to last December, Midwest fight fans have craved for the moment that Ventura would hit the road and test his skills in places such as this Saturday night’s luxurious venue, the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ventura is fresh off his going away party and crowd pleasing knockout over Missouri’s Donnie Reeves back in July. Manager/trainer and co-promoter (B&B Boxing Promotions), Brian “BoMac”McIntyre, stated “We were working on a few dates but the funny thing about boxing is sometimes being patient is the key. We are now fighting on Sept 1st., which just so happens to be on the card of the guy we are chasing (Ryan Garcia) and the debut of Facebook Watch and GBP. That exposure should help tremendously with Kev’s fan base and overall appeal to fight fans.”
Ventura will finish up an already stellar fight camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his mentor, Terence “Bud” Crawford. As camp finishes up this week and Ventura heads for California on Thursday, I was able to catch up with him and get his thoughts on what hopes to be not only a golden opportunity but also a golden performance.
BG: Hello KV, how is camp shaping up?
Ventura: Camp is going real smooth, we are just staying sharp, the hard work was already put in. I feel really strong and confident heading into Saturday.
BG: Bo stated that this week is just about putting the final touches in place and that you have a message to send to the California fans. What kind of message would you in fact like to deliver on Saturday night?
Ventura: Simple….I want to show them that I’m the real deal.
BG: Being on the first of many Facebook watch live streaming events is historic, what does it mean to you, especially with it being your Golden Boy Promotions debut and all?
Ventura: I’m blessed to have this opportunity, and now being with the best promotional company in boxing it makes all the sacrifices in both life and in boxing worth it for sure. I can’t wait for that bell to ring.
BG: Your opponent is Gabriel Rodriguez 4-1, El Paso, Texas, just upset a 9-3-4 fighter in his
last bout and went the distance with fellow undefeated prospect Isidro Ochoa in a fight he has told me many times that he believed he won. He has never been down or stopped and believes he has what it takes to take your 0. What are your thoughts regarding your opponent?
Ventura: Everyone believes they are tough, and I’m sure he truthfully is, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. But his record, his wins, his best performances, they are simply not against me. Everyone, including him, will see what I’m about come fight night.
BG: One thing that I have witnessed and told others along the way is, every time the stakes get higher “Kevin Ventura raises his game to another level.” How hard do you work to keep a reputation like that to stay in tact?
Ventura: My thoughts are always to just win and that’s all I concentrate and think about. He’s a tough fighter, I need to be and show him that I’m better than him...period. I don’t overlook anybody that steps in the ring with me. I’m sure he wants to win, I just feel like I want it more and we will of course adapt and have more than one way to make sure my hand is the one being raised.
BG: Anything in closing, that you would like to say to your legion of fight fans?
Ventura: Yes of course, I always like to thank all my sponsors and supporters that have been there since day one and that have joined along the way. To my family, I will honor and make you proud. To my fight fans make sure to watch the fight and make some noise! To the people that doubt me you are equally my motivation. I’m training with the best in the world. I don’t need to say much more than that. Thank you and god bless.
Kevin Ventura vs Gabriel Rodriguez
6 Rounds Lightweights
Undercard of main event:
Ryan “Kingry” Garcia vs Carlos Morales
When: September 1st, 2018
Where: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Time: 5pm PT
How to watch: Facebook Watch...click here to follow the free Facebook channel where Kevin's Fight will be streaming.