Author Archives: David A. Avila

Media Day in L.A. for the Jan. 27 Fight Card at The Forum

Media Day in L.A. for the Jan. 27 Fight Card at The Forum

LOS ANGELES-Ferdinand Kerobyan can’t wait to step inside the boxing ring at the Inglewood Forum. It’s been 13 years in the making for this upcoming moment. “It’s just a dream come true,” said North Hollywood’s Kerobyan (pictured) who has been preparing for more than a decade to fight ...

“Superfly 2” on HBO: The L.A. Kickoff

“Superfly 2” on HBO: The L.A. Kickoff

LOS ANGELES - Several of the participants of “Superfly 2” gathered on Tuesday including Juan Francisco Estrada, Brian Viloria, Carlos Cuadras and McWilliams Arroyo at the Palm Restaurant. In the kickoff to 360 Promotions inaugural boxing event Tom Loeffler has compiled another strong boxing c...

Media Day in Indio: GGG, Belasco, and Lucas Matthysse at the Forum

Media Day in Indio: GGG, Belasco, and Lucas Matthysse at the Forum

A new year brings new tidings about mega fights, old venues and an upcoming televised fight card this month. Deep in the Coachella Desert a few prizefighters from the Golden Boy Promotions stable gathered with the media at the Indio Boys and Girls Club on Thursday, Jan. 11. Also in attendance was...

Brandon Rios “Old School” Fighter

Brandon Rios “Old School” Fighter

It was the return of the favorite son as Brandon “Bam, Bam” Rios arrived at the hillside training camp in Riverside on Friday. Rios, 31, arrived for sparring to prepare for his upcoming welterweight clash with Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia on Feb. 17, at the Mandalay Bay Resort an...

Claressa Shields Beats Out Men for Prospect of the Year

Claressa Shields Beats Out Men for Prospect of the Year

In a rare once-in-a-lifetime moment, a female prizefighter has been selected Prospect of the Year as members of theSweetScience.com chose Claressa Shields as the best for 2017. Never mind that no other female has ever been considered before, nor that she already has two world titles, Shields has ...

Boxing’s Best of the West for 2017

Boxing’s Best of the West for 2017

Fractured relationships and splintered audiences didn’t stop prizefighting from surpassing all expectations in the year 2017. The sport of pro boxing kept moving forward like a rogue wave on the Pacific Ocean. Once again California led the way for staging pro boxing cards and once again had mor...

Mikey Garcia: Danger Is His Business

Mikey Garcia: Danger Is His Business

One of the best kept secrets in prizefighting for many years was Mikey Garcia especially after he went on a self-instituted sabbatical. But if you lived in Riverside, you saw firsthand that Garcia was busy at work refining his skills against many of the best in the gym. He never took days off....

Ringside at Fantasy Springs: Morales Tops Zenunaj

Ringside at Fantasy Springs: Morales Tops Zenunaj

INDIO, Calif.-A gash over the eye of Carlos Morales ended a fight prematurely but saw him capture the vacant NABA super featherweight title by technical decision over Dardan Zenunaj on Thursday. Though it only lasted less than seven rounds Morales (17-2-3, 6 KOs) and Zenunaj (14-4, 11 KOs) did a ...

Three Consecutive Nights of TV Fights

Three Consecutive Nights of TV Fights

Golden Boy Promotions returns to the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 14, with an eight-fight card. The end of the year fight card features Golden Boy Promotions prospects that mostly train in the Riverside County area. ESPN will televise. The card lost luster on Wednesd...

Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta and Other Fight Notes

Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta and Other Fight Notes

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.-Two popular contenders met the media at a swanky Santa Monica restaurant on Tuesday looking to re-enter the boxing stratosphere after months in cyberspace. Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse and Philippine’s Mercita Gesta converged at the Malbec Argentinean Cuisine where Argenti...