By Albert Baker [Twitter: @thealbertbaker]
Manuel Tino Avila (17-0 7KO’s) ended his main event appearance on Golden Boy Live against tough Erik Ruiz (13-3 6KO’s), with a dominant display of boxing. Avila appeared to hurt his right hand in the seventh round as he shook it then stopped firing it all together.
One handed – it didn’t matter, as Avilla peppered Ruiz’s face with double, triple, and quadruple jabs in a demonstration of poise and ability. All three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Avila. Following the fight Avila said “I was training to fight Rolly Lunas. I didn’t know much about Ruiz but I stuck to my game plan and stuck with the left hand.”
Avila wasn’t without his faults as he left his right hand low and allowed himself to get touched with the occasional left hook by Ruiz. Golden Boy has set itself up for success in the 122 pound division, with future stars like JoJo Diaz, Avila, Julian Ramirez, and De La Hoya, to name a few.
Diego De La Hoya (10-0 6KO’s) notched another victory on his resume with a solid unanimous decision win over Ramiro Robles (12-3-1 6KO’s). De La Hoya, the cousin of Oscar De La Hoya has an exciting style that is easy to watch any day of the week. That being said there are a few holes in his game that allowed Robles to hit him with some decent punches throughout the fight.
Diego caught Robles with a hard shot in the first round then followed up with an extended flurry of shots that may have took some stamina out of him during the rest of the fight. Robles didn’t have the tools to compete with De La Hoya but was able to land his right hand when Diego would stay in the pocket admiring his work too long.
Trainer Joel Diaz has made his mark on De La Hoya in his boxing ability, and surely will tighten him up before his next fight. Diego said after the fight “It was very exciting to give the fans a good fight. I came up against a tough opponent it was a hard fight but I think it was the fight of night.” Robles had good things to say about the prospect, “De La Hoya is very smart, very intelligent. He knows how to move around the ring.”
Final scores on the bout were 80-72 on all three judges’ cards.
Oscar Negrete (9-0 3 KO’s) won a technical decision over tough veteran Luis Maldonado Jr. (38-14-1 29KO’s). A head-butt in the first round opened a cut on Maldonado that gushed blood down the face of the tough Mexican throughout the fight. Negrete was clearly the sharper of the two fighters and landed almost at will.
In the fifth, another cut was opened from a second clash of heads prompting the doctor to stop the fight. Following the fight Negrete was appreciative to get some air time on TV, “I am very grateful for many reasons, my family was watching in Colombia, and this was my first time being on TV and I’m still undefeated. Going up against such an experienced opponent shows I’m ready for big things.”
Negrete looked improved in this fight and appeared to step up his game going in against such an experienced opponent. It was a risky matchup that paid off for the Golden Boy matchmakers tonight.
Jesus Delgado (5-0 2KO’s) stopped Benjamin Vinson in the third round on an accumulation of punches. Delgado looked sharp as he fought patient and set up his offense. Vinson had no answer but was game until the referee jumped in to save him from taking anymore punishment. Following the fight Delgado said “I had to go in calm and take a little bit to test him out Once I did I started capitalizing on his mistakes, then my corner said go for the KO.”
In the swing bout local LA talent Nick Arce (3-0 2KO’s) knocked out Marco Alcaraz (0-6) in the second round of a fight that Arce dropped Alcaraz twice in..
The second bout of the evening saw Emilio Sanchez of Los Angeles (8-0 6KO’s) earn a unanimous decision victory over Eliezer Agosto of Bayamon, on scores of 40-35 and 39-36 twice. Sanchez put Agosto down in the second round with a flurry of punches. After the fight Sanchez said. “I’m feeling good about my victory, he gave me a good fight. I think I’m ready for a six rounder next time”.
Diego Padilla (1-0) scored a unanimous decision victory in his pro debut over Zachary Cooper (2-1 2KO’s). Padilla came in hard against a fighter that squared up and came in forward with his right hand hanging low. Padilla dropped Cooper in the third. “The fight was good I was anxious to fight, it was a perfect debut” said Padilla after notching his first win.