Author Archives: David A. Avila

Jose Martinez Grabs NABO title; So Cal Prospects Shine in Cancun

Jose Martinez Grabs NABO title; So Cal Prospects Shine in Cancun

Puerto Rico’s Jose Martinez powered through Colombia’s Jesus Martinez to win the vacant WBO NABO super flyweight title by knockout in the battle of the Martinez’s on ESPN Thursday. In the neutral country of Mexico, the Boricua Jose Martinez (20-0-1, 13 KOs) had youth, determination and leth...

Giovanni Santillan Returns to Defend NABO Title at Ontario, Calif.

Giovanni Santillan Returns to Defend NABO Title at Ontario, Calif.

It’s the return of the conquering hero Giovanni Santillan who captured the vacant NABO welterweight title four months ago and now defends it on Friday. So what’s new? Santillan (22-0, 12 KOs) grabbed the regional title by knockout and now faces a mystery man in Ghana’s Dodzi Kemeh (19-1,...

Jose Ramirez Blows by Reed: Beterbiev Wins IBF Title in Fresno

Jose Ramirez Blows by Reed: Beterbiev Wins IBF Title in Fresno

Jose Ramirez Blows by Reed: Beterbiev Wins IBF Title in Fresno Hurricanes don’t happen in California but Jose Ramirez brought one to Mike Reed to win by knockout in a battle of undefeated super lightweight contenders on Saturday. Northern California’s Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) brought those h...

East vs West When Mike Reed Fights Jose Ramirez on Saturday

East vs West When Mike Reed Fights Jose Ramirez on Saturday

Prizefighting matchups between West and East have long kept the sizzle in the pot of professional boxing. For more than 100 years geographic rivalries in prizefighting have captured the fans attention to their favorites as far back as Gentleman Jim Corbett versus John L. Sullivan in 1892 or Solly...

Indio’s Diaz Brothers Have Built an Elite Fight Club on the Coachella Desert

Indio’s Diaz Brothers Have Built an Elite Fight Club on the Coachella Desert

INDIO, Calif.-Deep in the Coachella desert tiny scorpions come out at night so it’s best not to walk in sandals. Even the fancy gas stations get their share of the dangerous little creatures. In the summer the heat hits like a smack in the face yet it doesn’t stop the various gyms from fillin...

Valley Fight Night Results from L.A.

Valley Fight Night Results from L.A.

LOS ANGELES-A vibrant crowd showed up to watch a very long Bash Boxing Promotions fight card on Friday night. Though the fight card wasn’t the size of those put on in Mexico, it provided nonstop action at Sportsman’s Lodge before a packed crowd in Studio City. The boxing lineup showcased most...

Ryan Garcia KOs Another; Soto Karass Gets KOed in Tucson

Ryan Garcia KOs Another; Soto Karass Gets KOed in Tucson

A boxing solar eclipse took place as darkness descended on Jesus Soto Karass, but the returning brightness showed a brilliant emerging star in Ryan “KingRy” Garcia on Thursday. Garcia (12-0, 11 KOs) made the first defense of the NABF Junior super featherweight title with a dominating three ro...

Soto Karass, “KingRy” Garcia and Other Fight Chatter

Soto Karass, “KingRy” Garcia and Other Fight Chatter

Every so often a fight card arrives like a small wrapped package that on the surface looks insignificant. But once unraveled you see what the fuss was all about. Tucson, Arizona is the location where Jesus Soto Karass (pictured on the left) leads a Golden Boy Promotions fight card and will be fla...

Robert Garcia Continues Building An Army of Prizefighters in Riverside

Robert Garcia Continues Building An Army of Prizefighters in Riverside

During the last two decades the population of the Inland Empire, an area east of Los Angeles County, has doubled from 3 million to more than 6 million. Among the reasons for those moving into cities like Ontario, Fontana, Temecula and Riverside are lower cost properties, space and less traffic. ...

SoCal Boxing Champs Reach Out to Schoolchildren on Red Ribbon Week

SoCal Boxing Champs Reach Out to Schoolchildren on Red Ribbon Week

Champions descended into a small elementary school near the South Bay area of Los Angeles where dozens of students ranging from age 7 to 11 gathered to meet them. Both women and men champions organized by the World Boxing Council met at Torrance Elementary School to meet and discuss with the youn...