Avila sweeps Ruiz on FOX Sports 1
Manuel “Tino” Avila received a shut-out unanimous decision win from all the official judges at ringside (with identical scores of 100-90) over Erik Ruiz in the main event of a Golden Boy Promotions card at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Calif. The “LA Fight Club” card was televised on FOX Sports 1 on Thursday evening.
It started out as a bit of a tactical chess match with both young featherweights measuring each other for the first quarter of the 10-round contest but eventually Avila’s busier hands began to take effect. Ruiz would occasionally land a timed left hook during Avila’s work but the left jab and straight right hand from Tino couldn’t miss for a majority of the night. In the sixth round, the action started picking up as both men seemingly felt the slow start may have negatively affected their mindsets. Avila started to land his one-two combos more often as he began to get more comfortable.
In the seventh, Ruiz noticeably started to move forward with his offensive attack. Although it may have started to trouble Avila early in the round, a straight right hand counter would stop Ruiz in his tracks. In the final seconds of the round, Avila hurt that same right hand in the sequence of throwing one of those counters. He came out in the eighth round throwing nothing but lefts from then on out, yet Avila still continued his dominance for the rest of the fight. He improvised his left jab to hide a following left hook that would stagger Ruiz when he threw punches. It was a slow fight for the first half but in a moment of adversity, Avila was able to turn a lackluster fight into an impressive win under injured circumstances. Neither fighter was seriously hurt or knocked down but the final punch stats told the story as Avila out-landed Ruiz 202-92.
The 23-year-old Avila, 17-0 (7), prospect out of Fairfield, Calif. stays undefeated while looking decent but now has an injury to deal with. Ruiz, 13-3 (6), who fights out of Robert Garcia’s gym in Oxnard, CA, loses a decision for the second fight in a row; however, they come at the hands of a couple of unbeaten fighters.
Diego De La Hoya shines
The hand speed and precision of Diego De La Hoya, 10-0 (6), jumps out at you just like his famous namesake and those hands got him a shut-out, unanimous decision victory (80-72 on all cards) over Ramiro Robles, 12-3-1 (7). The Mexican second cousin of the “Golden Boy,” Oscar himself, De La Hoya almost stopped Robles early after a brilliant opening round. It started with a vicious uppercut and Diego proceeded to let his hands go with fluid combinations that snapped Robles’ head back countless times within the final minute of the round. De La Hoya landed more than 50 punches in that round and he wouldn’t let up for the rest of the fight. Robles showed off a solid chin throughout and would land the occasional punch but the amount of punches Diego would land overshadowed any of Robles’ success. He tried finishing his opponent but De La Hoya still contributes to the sentiment of not having that much power in his punches. Perhaps it was attributed to Robles’ heart but, regardless, De La Hoya looked impressive with the dominant performance.
Negrete makes a mess of Maldonado
Oscar Negrete scored a technical decision (50-46, 50-45 twice) over Luis Maldonado Jr. after the fight was stopped by the ringside doctor due to a nasty cut over Maldonado’s left eye due to an unintentional headbutt. It was a rough night for the 37-year-old Maldonado, who was cut on his hairline after another accidental clash of heads in the opening round. The laceration bled profusely throughout the fight and, to make matters worse, Negrete was in the zone. The 27-year-old Colombian junior featherweight wasn’t afraid to let his hands go against the veteran opponent and, in the third round, he was in rhythm by moving in and out and landing nice combinations. In the waning seconds of the round, Negrete, 9-0 (3), had Maldonado reeling after a big uppercut staggered him into the ropes. Negrete had him in a corner but the round ended before he could put him away. Maldonado, 36-15-1 (27), suffered a cut on the bridge of his nose in that sequence, this time from a punch, and left his head even more bludgeoned. Maldonado tried to go out on his shield after being overwhelmed all throughout the bout until the fateful and final clash of heads.