At the age of 32, Ricardo is a 15-year pro. A veteran contender at 118 pounds, he is on a hot streak - he has won eight fights in a row, which include several of his career-best wins, winning the NABF bantamweight title and making four successful title defenses, and climbing into the top-five in the world rankings.
After Ricardo's last fight, Boxing News reported, He's one of the slickest fighters in the game
This fight is a rematch - Ricardo lost a 10 round decision against Heriberto Ruiz in May, 2001.
With some help from his wife Sally, Ricardo said, I had many distractions in the first fight. My wife was six months pregnant and I was worried about paying the doctor bills. I had no money. Now, I'm prepared better and have no distractions. The first time, I fought Ruiz' fight. This time I'll fight my fight. I'm going to slow him down with body punches, I know he doesn't like it to the body, and I'm going to cut off the ring better. He's not going to get away this time.
Since I was little, I saw how other boxers fought, like Jibaro Perez and Gilberto Roman . That's where I got my style. I trained for a few years in the gym with them. I saw them train, but I didn't get to meet them. I also watched tapes of other fighters that I like. [note: Raul Jibaro Perez of Tijuana held the WBC bantamweight and WBA super bantamweight world titles. Gilberto Roman of Tijuana was a two-time WBC super flyweight world champion]
I train at Azteca Gym in Tijuana . I've been sparring with Locomotoro Espinoza and some other guys, beginners. I'm ready for a world title fight. I've been waiting for a long time. The first time I fought for a title, I lost here in Tijuana . The next time was against Johnny Tapia , and I was pretty close in that one. I think the third time's the good luck' one. Rafael Marquez , Cruz Carbajal , or anybody else willing to fight me, I'm tired of waiting.
Key Fights - 2003 - 3 RD NABF DEFENSE - ONE OF HIS BEST WINS on 6-8-03 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former world title challenger Alex Baba (20-3): it was a good fight; Baba pressed forward and gave determined effort, but Ricardo moved and counterpunched effectively and had the edge in most of the rounds; Baba was cut by the left eye in the 11 th round by a clash of heads; scored 118-110, 117-111,117-111; after the fight, Ricardo said, He was coming forward like that, so my whole strategy was to be careful. I wanted to watch his head and watch for one punch, his left hook. I made it look easy.
2 ND NABF DEFENSE - ANOTHER BEST WIN on 3-23-03 in Temecula, CA, he won a technical decision against Gerson Guerrero (25-4): Ricardo dominated the fight with a busier pace and more accurate punches; Guerreo was cut over the left eye in the 10 th round, and was cut again over the same eye by a clash of heads in the 11 th ; the referee stopped the fight at 0:57, and Ricardo led 109-100 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Ricardo said, He was a fine boxer. He
hit kind of hard, but I was throwing a lot more punches. It's our time to get a chance at the world title, we don't care which champion it is.
2002 1 ST NABF B DEFENSE - ANOTHER BEST WIN on 9-22-02 in Friant, CA, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Trinidad Mendoza (19-3-2): it was a good, competitive fight, but Ricardo steadily attacked the body and had the edge in most of the rounds; scored 118-110, 117-111, 116-111; after the fight, Ricardo said, I know I was just too much for him. He is a great, great prospect, but my experience was just too much.
WON NABF TITLE - ANOTHER BEST WIN - on 4-7-02 in San Jacinto, CA, he won a technical decision against defending champion Jhonny Gonzalez (14-3): it was a good, close fight and both had their moments Ricardo pressed forward, but Gonzalez boxed and moved effectively; Gonzalez was cut over the left eye in the 6 th round by a clash of heads; Ricardo was cut on the forehead in the 7 th round, and the fight was stopped at 0:51; Ricardo led by scores of 70-63, 69-65, 68-66; after the fight, Ricardo said, This wasn't any easier than the first fight. Both fights were tough. I had problems with him the first time, and I had problems with him this time. He's a tough guy. It's not really how I wanted to win. But I trained hard for this fight, and I was able to throw him off his rhythm a lot sooner this time.
ANOTHER BEST WIN - on 2-8-02 in Temecula, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision in a nontitle fight against NABF champion Jhonny Gonzalez (14-2): Gonzalez was favored to win and it was an exciting battle; the momentum shifted back and forth - Ricardo started fast, but Gonzalez rallied and staggered him late in the 6 th round; Ricardo rallied again, scored a knockdown in the 7 th with a body punch and came on strong in the late rounds; the crowd gave them a standing ovation; scored 96-93, 96-93, 95-94
2001 on 8-24-01 in Las Vegas , NV , he won a 10 round unanimous decision against former WBO flyweight champion Ruben Sanchez (25-9-1): Ricardo dominated the fight and wore down Sanchez with a steady body attack; scored 99-91, 98-92, 97-93; after the fight, Ricardo said, The body punches slowed him down. It was an easy fight.
LOST NABO JB TITLE, USBA JB TITLE CHALLENGE on 7-15-01 in San Jacinto, CA, he lost a technical decision against USBA jr. bantamweight champion Martin Castillo (19-0): Castillo was cut over and under the left eye in the 1 st and 2 nd rounds by accidental head clashes, but generally kept a busier pace; the fight was stopped on the cuts in the 6 th round and went to the scorecards; scored 58-56, 58-56, 59-55; after the fight, Ricardo said, It was an accident. It's something that happens in boxing. It wasn't done on purpose. I thought I won the fight. I felt I was more aggressive.
On 5-18-01 in Las Vegas he lost a 10 round unanimous decision against Heriberto Ruiz (20-1-1): Ricardo pressed forward, but Ruiz moved and countered effectively and staggered Ricardo in the 4 th round; scored 97-93, 96-94, 96-94
WON VACANT NABO JB TITLE - on 5-4-01 in Tijuana he TKO'd Juan Moreno in the 5 th round
2000 WON PACIFIC COAST (MEX) B TITLE on 12-4-00 in Tijuana he TKO'd Jose Mendoza in the 6 th round
1999 on 3-27-99 in Miami , FL , he lost an 8 round decision against former African champion Steve Dotse (14-3)
1996 on 6-1-96 in Las Vegas he lost a 10 round unanimous decision against southpaw prospect Enrique Sanchez (17-0): Sanchez scored a knockdown in the 2 nd round and won by scores of 99-90, 97-91, 97-92; Sanchez went on to win the WBA super bantamweight world title in 1998
1995 WBO JB WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE on 5-6-95 in Las Vegas he fought to a technical draw against defending champion Johnny Tapia (29-0-1): it was an exciting fight; Ricardo started fast he jabbed and moved, had Tapia's left eye swollen by the end of the 1 st , and swept the first three rounds on two scorecards; but Tapia rallied and scored a knockdown in the 6 th round, and Ricardo was badly cut over his left eye by an accidental clash of heads in the 7 th ; the fight was stopped on the cut in the 8 th and went to the scorecards - 68-64 Tapia, 66-66, 66-66
1993 ANOTHER BEST WIN on 9-17-93 in San Jose, CA, he TKO'd former Mexican flyweight champion Cuauhtemoc Gomez (28-2): Gomez dominated the early rounds and knocked down Ricardo two times in the 4 th ; but Ricardo came back in the 5 th and hurt Gomez with body punches; he cut Gomez over the left eye in the 6 th round and the fight was stopped on the cut
WBA B WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE on 7-8-93 in Tijuana he lost a 12 round majority decision against defending champion Jorge Julio (25-0): Ricardo started fast and, after five rounds, led by scores of 49-46, 49-46 Vargas, 48-47 Julio; but Julio rallied in the second half of the fight, scored a knockdown in the 12 th round, and won by scores of 117-110, 117-111, 114-114
1 ST MEXICAN B DEFENSE on 6-1-93 in Tijuana he won a 12 round decision against Marcelo Nava
WON MEXICAN B TITLE on 3-1-93 in Tijuana he won a 12 round decision against defending champion Concepcion Velazquez (19-9)
He debuted at the age of 17 on 3-15-89 and went 11-1-1 in his first 13 fights
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Ricardo reportedly had 26 amateur fights (23-3) he won a local amateur title in Tijuana and the state amateur title in Baja California he is married and has one son, Ricardo Jr.
STRENGTHS: A southpaw with an aggressive style and good skills he pressures his opponents punches in combinations, a good body puncher tough, durable and very determined is experienced against top opposition