The jury was still out the last time that Vic Pasillas shared the ring with another unbeaten boxer.
A savage verdict was handed down by the East Los Angeles product, who tore through Ranfis Javier Encarcacion inside of six furiously paced rounds. In that span, Pasillas turned a 50-50 fight into a violent breakout performance. Four months later comes a similar opportunity, this time with a secondary title at stake in his upcoming showdown versus unbeaten Ra’eese Aleem (17-0, 11KOs).
“No doubt, fighting another undefeated fighter gives me that extra push,” Pasillas (16-0, 9KOs) admitted to BoxingScene.com. “It’s more than just taking another fighter’s “0”, though; I go into every fight like it’s my last. This is a rough business, you’re only as good as your last performance.”
By that standard, Pasillas is the second coming in a loaded junior featherweight division. The 28-year old southpaw has a chance to make his mark on a Showtime-televised tripleheader which airs this Saturday from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Pasillas undoubtedly left his mark versus Encarnacion, stealing the show on an FS1-televsied event last September. The bout marked his first televised appearance, which positioned him for a stiffer test versus a more accomplished foe in the Las Vegas-based Aleem. The two collide on a show that includes a main event between two more unbeaten 122-pounders in defending WBO titlist Angelo Leo (20-0, 9KOs) and mandatory challenger Stephen Fulton (18-0, 8KOs).
Another statement making performance will serve notice that Pasillas is ready for anyone in the division, whether the evening’s main event winner or fellow undefeated talents in Luis Nery (31-0, 24KOs), Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6KOs) and Brandon Figueroa (21-0-1, 16KOs).
“For me this is the biggest fight of my career and I’m going to leave everything in the ring,” vows Pasillas, who has stopped each of his last six opponents, none making past round six. “This is the turning point for both of us as the winner will move on to bigger opportunities.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox