Tino Avila earns dominant win on national TV, De La Hoya continues to impress
Manuel “Tino” Avila earned a hard fought victory over Erik Ruiz as Avila doubled the output of Ruiz and kept the steady pressure of Ruiz off him. Avila won every round on all three judges scorecards as he controlled the early portion of the fight even moving into a Larry Holmes style approach dropping his hand and shooting his jab from hip, but in the seventh trouble was foot. Avila landed a short check right hook that seemingly hurt his right hand as he shook it directly after and didn’t throw it as much after, but even then Avila showed great footwork and ability to outwork Ruiz who couldn’t cut off the ring. Avila continues to progress and might be one of the first fighters to get his name built from the Golden Boy Promotions LA Fight Club series on Fox Sports 1.
Diego De La Hoya was trying to recreate his performance on Fox Sports 1 in Salinas, CA as he dropped Ramiro Robles in the first round as De La Hoya dropped Robles in the first stanza of the fight. Robles looked incredibly game as he withstood seven more rounds of brutal punishment to take the young De La Hoya the distance. De La Hoya continues to improve and in this fight showed great combination punching, but appeared to go to finish too early in the fight gassing himself out early in the fight and not having enough to get Robles out late. De La Hoya won every single round on every single card as De La Hoya continues to impress and should be headlining a LA Fight Club card shortly.
In the television opening bout, Oscar Negrete won a technical decision over Luis Maldonado to start off the television portion of the telecast. The fight began with an unsettling start that saw Maldonado cut open by a head clash. Things didn’t really improve as Negrete continued to just pile on damage to the game veteran who showed the wear and tear of the accumulation of fights over the years. A doctor checked on Maldonado in between the fourth and fifth round, but allowed the fight to proceed. The fifth round saw another head clash that forced the fight to go to the scorecards in which Negrete won easily.