Author Archives: David A. Avila

Golden Boy Prospects Pass Tests in Santa Monica Beach

Golden Boy Prospects Pass Tests in Santa Monica Beach

It’s a collaboration that happens annually now between Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya during the end of spring. For the eighth time Sugar Ray Foundation and Golden Boy Promotions staged the benefit for diabetes but this time at the Loew’s Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Last year it was in ...

Loews Santa Monica Hosts the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Fight Card

Loews Santa Monica Hosts the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Fight Card

Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the great icons of boxing, remains a powerful figure in the sports world. Though he has not fought in 20 years the former great remains an ambassador for prizefighting and as a fighter for a great cause. Riley & Co. presents its eighth annual “Big Fighters, Big ...

Ringside Report: Erick Ituarte Wins NABF Title in Ontario, Calif.

Ringside Report: Erick Ituarte Wins NABF Title in Ontario, Calif.

ONTARIO, CA -- A night of split decisions saw Erick Ituarte survive a knockdown and slide by Isaac Zarate in the main event on Friday. Split decisions ruled the night and Ituarte (17-1-1, 2 KOs) did just enough to beat Zarate (12-3-2, 2 KOs) in an eight round fight for the vacant NABF junior feat...

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

A Three Day Festival — Golden Boy, Thompson Boxing & Mayweather

A triple delight takes place this week starting in Tucson, then going to Ontario, California, then moving to London for a fight that will be combined for TV viewing with other fights taking place in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Mexicali’s favorite son Diego De La Hoya (17-0) faces Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz ...

Remembering Diego “Chico” Corrales, Gone 10 Years This Month

Remembering Diego “Chico” Corrales, Gone 10 Years This Month

Outside of the boxing ring Diego “Chico” Corrales was a mixture of wide-eyed kid and aw shucks mentality. Inside the ropes he was a locked-in human surface-to-surface missile armed with a nuclear warhead. Ten years have passed since the boxing world and sports lost the Las Vegas prizefighter ...

Who Judges the Judges and Referees? – CSAC Takes Charge

Who Judges the Judges and Referees? – CSAC Takes Charge

A recent high profile fight card saw middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin retain his world titles and super flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez lose his title. Both results at Madison Square Garden in New York City exploded with controversy due to the decisions r...

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

Avila’s Pound for Pound List Spring 2017

MY TOP DOZEN POUND FOR POUND -- Most of the major fights have taken place for 2017 with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s win over Julio Cesar Chavez marking the last of the pound for pound fighters. A couple more take place within a month’s span including England’s Kell Brook meeting with Americ...

Ringside Report: Lemieux, Matthysse and More from T-Mobile Arena

Ringside Report: Lemieux, Matthysse and More from T-Mobile Arena

LAS VEGAS-Former middleweight champion David Lemieux pummeled Mexico’s Marco Reyes all 10 rounds but he couldn’t put him down on Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo fight card. Big-hitting Canadian Lemieux just doesn’t have much luck when it comes to Mexican middleweights but though a knockdown or k...

Oscar and Julio and Some Thoughts on Saturday’s Lead-In Bouts

Oscar and Julio and Some Thoughts on Saturday’s Lead-In Bouts

Almost 20 years have passed since Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez last exchanged blows in the boxing ring. I was there for both encounters. Yesterday, photos of the arrivals at the MGM Grand were sent all over the web including one of both Chavez Sr. and De La Hoya jo...

Canelo and Chavez: the Mira Loma Connection

Canelo and Chavez: the Mira Loma Connection

While millions argue in bars, gyms, and street corners throughout the North American continent about who wins the battle of Mexico’s heart, the little known common denominator is a tiny town in Southern California. Both of Mexico’s young warriors Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul “Canelo” A...