Why You Should Watch Vic Pasillas Tonight on FS1
The road for unbeaten amateur standout featherweight Víc Pasillas has not been the easiest. Pasillas, a decorated amateur boxer with 300 amateur wins, who turned professional on the same card as Nonito Donaire, and the modern classic of Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado at “then known as” Home Depot Center, with famed trainer Robert Garcia, seemed to be destined to be in primetime fights for his whole career.
Sadly, Pasillas has had to take a longer road to glory, as eight-years later, he will be getting the biggest opportunity of his career
Tonight, Wednesday, September 23rd, Pasillas will face his toughest test of his professional career in facing fellow unbeaten fighter Ranfis Encarnación, promoted by Sampson Lewkowicz, as the two will meet in the co-main event of FS1 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Pasillas, originally signed to Top Rank Inc, was let-go in 2015, while still undefeated. Pasillas had relocated from Los Angeles, Ca, to train with Brian Schwarz of Undisputed Boxing Gym in Redwood City, Ca. The pair had originally met years prior when Pasillas was brought in as a sparring partner for Nonito Donaire, as Donaire trained at Schwarz gym, Undisputed Boxing Gym.
Pasillas now lives and trains in Redwood City, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
In 2018, after sparring generational talent Vasiliy Lomachenko, Pasillas found a manager, Greg Hannley, the man in charge of Prince Ranch Boxing, who immediately found a way for Pasillas to be active after a three-year hiatus. Hannley got Pasillas four-fights in two-years, one of which I was a broadcaster for, although the bout lasted less than one round, so I am not sure you can say I did much talk, but more so simply watching the talent of Pasillas.
When you watch Pasillas you see the talent is there, and he has been one of boxing’s best-kept secrets, as the Bay Area is void of much media coverage, and fighters from our area are often typecast. Essentially, Northern California has had talent for years, but the platforms have been void if you are unwilling to travel, and in Pasillas case, relocated from a media hotbed of L.A. to a lesser-known market, saw him go invisible to the lay-boxing fan.
Now as Pasillas is so close to a big fight on national TV, it is hard not to be biased knowing how good he has looked in the gym, hoping at the very least he performs on fight night the way all of us in the gym have seen him perform.
“Training has been great. We are preparing for war and definitely training for a statement win. I am in great shape both mentally and physically. We worked hard during this camp. Be prepared to see a better version of me on fight night. I’m coming to do damage!” said Vic Pasillas
The FS1 telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated lightweight prospect Néstor Bravo taking on José Luis Gallegos in a 10-round showdown. Plus, undefeated Cuban Maidel Sando goes up against Genc Pllana in an eight-round super middleweight bout.
As for his opponent, Ranfis Encarnacion, a man that most might not know, but is undefeated and a fighter with a promoter, Pasillas was nothing but praise for the aforementioned fighter.
“Ranfis is a great fighter with good technique. He is also undefeated which means I must bring my ‘A’ game on fight night. It’s going to be interesting to see what game plan Ranfis brings to the ring that day. My plan is to not let the fight go the distance. It’s time to eat and I’m starving.”
Pasillas has campaigned most of his career at super bantamweight, but don’t be confused despite being five-foot, six-inches, Pasillas is one of those freaky strong athletes, able to curl a 50 lbs dumbbell if he had to and in the same session able to move his feet non-stop as though he was the Tazmanian Devil. So despite, fighting at lower weights, Pasillas is far from undersized at the 126 lbs. division, and a win here makes him a Capital G Guy in the division
“Coming out on top against Encarnación is going to catapult me into some big fights at featherweight. The division is wide open and I know with hard work I can take it over. I am working towards a title shot. I am willing to fight anyone to get to that next level.”
Tonight, Wednesday, September 23rd, Pasillas faces Ranfis Encarnación, as the two will meet in the co-main event of FS1 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The fight card begins at 7 PM PST.