Before the Super featherweights contender George “El Yuyu” Acosta (13-1, 1 KO) and Marlin Sims (8-1, 4 KOs) do battle, we will see a 6-round super welterweight bout showcasing “Nuckle” Nelson Oliva (5-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA, as he takes on fellow undefeated foe, Wayne Boudreaux (2-0, 1 KO), of Marrero, LA. Oliva vs. Boudreaux will take place on Thompson Boxing’s New Blood card.

“New Blood” will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA on Friday, February 10.

Here is what Oliva had to say about his recent training camp, his matchup with Boudreaux, making his 2023 debut, and more. 

On his recent training camp:

“I love the grind. I work hard all-day, and I train harder at night. This camp has been about staying focused on my goal and appreciating the journey through the ranks of the sport. One day I will look back and say ‘man, these were the days’. I live for moments like this and I’m thankful to my team for always having my back. It’s been a nice camp and my trainer Henry Ramierz has me in great shape with good plan in place.”

On his matchup with Wayne Boudreaux:

“He is a good fighter, a good amateur, but he got stopped in Olympic Trials to a good puncher and I know I am a good puncher as well. I think he is talented, but he is also flawed. I don’t have the pedigree, but I believe I have more desire, will, and focus. I want this more than him, and I believe when I hit him, he will slowly stop fighting back.”

On what a win will do for his career:

“The goal is to get into bigger and better fights. Not many fighters would take this fight at this point in their career, but I want to be great. The goal is to improve, constantly get better, and take on opponents who are no worse than my last opponent.”

On fighting on Thompson Card:

“I love it. Thompson has been the best part for my career. Honestly, I hope to fight my whole career with them. I see myself as a blue-collar fighter with a great promotional company that will take me to the highest level of the sport. It is great to fight in Southern California, and even better doing so with Thompson Boxing, how has been keeping me busy.”