Avila and De La Hoya

 











LA Fight Club lll delivers a knock out. 


By Igor Frank 
LOS ANGELES – In the main event of the evening televised by Fox Sports from jam packed Belasco Theater, super bantamweights Manuel Avila(17-0,7KO’S) from Fairfield, California and Erik Ruiz(13-3,6KO’S) from Oxnard squared off in a ten round contest. The third installment of LA Fight Club was a huge success with local boxing fans. Judges awarded Avilla a unanimous decision by scores of 100-90, but he had to work hard to earn the victory. 
“I didn't know much about Ruiz” said Avila after the fight:” I stuck to my game plan and relied on my best punch, the left jab.  I get careless and that is where he came in, but in the end, I was able to go after him and come out with the win." 
 
After relatively slow paced first round, Manuel Avila took control of the fight. He used his skills to pay the bills and his skills were more and more evident as the time went on. Avila controlled the distance and moved well around the ring while firing accurate sharp combinations. Ruiz was plotting forward but had little success trapping agile boxer from Fairfield. 
Ruiz’s pressure started to pay dividends in the later rounds, but Avila found a second gear and boxed well to close the show despite of not throwing the right hand. 
 
In the co main event of the evening featherweight Diego De La Hoya (10-0,6KO) came out firing on all cylinders. He looked sharp and purposeful from the onset and unleashed a furious attack on his rugged opponent from Guanajuato, Mexico, Ramiro Robles (12-3-1,6KO’S). Robles couldn’t match De La Hoya in skill, but he compensated with his will to win. He never stopped trying and throwing punches and by the fourth round we had a fight on our hands. Styles make fights and these two put on quite a show that went on for scheduled eight rounds. Diego de La Hoya dominated the action throughout and deservedly got the nod from the judges 80-72 on all three scorecards, but the young fighter from Mexicali knew he was in a real fight. 
” It was very exciting to give fans a good fight,” said De La Hoya from the locker room:” It was a hard fight but I think we gave fans the fight of the night.” 
“De La Hoya is very smart and very intelligent,” said Robles, gracious in defeat: “There is no excuse. I have to work harder next time.” 
 
In a telecast opener local super bantamweight Oscar Negrette (9-0,3KO’S) took on Mexican veteran Luis Maldonado Jr. (38-14-1,29KO) in a six round contest. The doctor stopped the fight at 22 seconds of the fifth stanza. Maldonado was not able to continue due to a gush on the forehead that was caused by a second head-butt. All three judges declared Negrette a winner: 50-45 twice and 50-46.” Going up against such an experienced opponent,” said Negrete after the fight:” It shows me that I am ready for big things and that I am at the same level as champions.” 
 
In the final bout of the night LA’s Nick Arce thrilled fans dropping his overmatched opponent from Dallas, Texas Marco Alcazar three times in the first stanza and once in the second. Finally after barrage of punches was unanswered referee Jack Reiss stopped the contest at 2:40 mark of the second.  
 
OFF TV FIGHTS 
 
Lightweight Jesus Delgado (5-0,2KO’S) from Los Angeles stopped Benjamin Vinson (1-3,1KO) from Nogales, Arizona in the third stanza of their four round contest. Vinson never actually tasted the canvass, but referee David Mendoza ended the night at 2: 34 mark due to a barrage of unanswered punches. “I had to test him out,” said Delgado after the fight:” Once I did I started to capitalize. My corner told me to go for a knockout” 
 
LA super bantamweight Emilio Sanchez (8-0,6KO’S) defeated Puerto Rican counterpart, Elziezer Agosto (2-5,2KO’S) in a four round contest. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Sanchez: 40-35, 39-36, and 39-36. Sanchez dropped his opponent with the right hand in the second frame, but could not finish the job. “He gave me a good fight, said Sanchez about his opponent:” I am ready to go for six rounds next time.” 
 
 
In the opening bout, LA based super welterweight Diego Padilla scored a four round unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Zachary Cooper (2-1’2KO’S). All three judges scored this contest the same 40-35. Padilla dropped Cooper in the third stanza, but had to settle for a decision.” La Fight Club was a perfect debut for me,” said Padilla who is trained by former champion Israel Vasquez. 
 
Contact Igor Frank at axident@pacbell.net or via Twitter (Fightmonger) 
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