Author Archives: David A. Avila

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Spearheads Mayweather Promotions SoCal Invasion

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Spearheads Mayweather Promotions SoCal Invasion

A decade has passed since Mayweather Promotions was created. Now it finally invades one of the busiest boxing breeding grounds in the country when Saul “Neno” Rodriguez leads the charge on Friday. Riverside’s Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) meets Chile’s Oscar Bravo (22-6, 10 KOs) in the co-ma...

Robert Manzanarez Wins by KO in his U.S. Debut in Downtown L.A.

Robert Manzanarez Wins by KO in his U.S. Debut in Downtown L.A.

FIGHT NIGHT AT THE BELASCO -- Mexico’s Robert Manzanarez arrived as a mystery with a gaudy record and showed how he got it by stopping former champion Gamaliel Diaz by knockout on Friday. Manzanarez (34-1, 28 KOs), a southpaw super lightweight, though born in Phoenix, had fought exclusively in ...

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Ready to Unload in Mayweather Promotions Debut

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez Ready to Unload in Mayweather Promotions Debut

NENO RODRIGUEZ MOVING ON UP -- RIVERSIDE, Ca.-Working out in a narrow-sized boxing gym located near Riverside North High, super featherweight contender Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (pictured with his father) has that look of a young gunfighter you might envision during the old Wild West days. He’s...

Giovanni Santillan Wins Along With Villa and Dutchover in SoCal

Giovanni Santillan Wins Along With Villa and Dutchover in SoCal

RINGSIDE AT THE DOUBLETREE -- ONTARIO, CALIF.-In a night of rugged tests, but no upsets, Giovanni Santillan found Mexico’s Omar Tienda to be a stonewall of a human being as he hammered and hammered but never could completely crack the challenger on Friday night. Santillan (21-0, 11 KOs) returne...

Is Giovanni Santillan the Newest Gem for Thompson Boxing?

Is Giovanni Santillan the Newest Gem for Thompson Boxing?

SANTILLAN vs TIENDA GOES FRIDAY -- It’s one of the biggest secrets in boxing, but Thompson Boxing Promotions has long been uncovering some of the best talent in Southern California. Will Giovanni Santillan be their next discovered gem? Santillan (20-0, 11 KOs) a slick-fighting southpaw out o...

Ringside at the Belasco: Franco KOs Pasillas; Other Prospects Win Too

Ringside at the Belasco: Franco KOs Pasillas; Other Prospects Win Too

FIGHT NIGHT AT THE BELASCO -- San Antonio’s Joshua “Little Professor” Franco (pictured in the gold trunks) showed how he grabbed the nickname with a textbook display of ring generalship followed by a knockout win over Victor Pasillas on Friday. Although two high powered fights disappeared, ...

Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras Looks Toward the Big Apple and Beyond

Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras Looks Toward the Big Apple and Beyond

CARLOS CUADRAS TALKS IN L.A. -- In English, the Spanish word “cuadras” means livery stables and when WBC executive Pepe Sulaiman first met Carlos Cuadras he was a young member of a burgeoning boxing stable deep in Mexico. Even then that rascal Cuadras attracted attention. “I met him as a...

Strong Prospects from Mikey Garcia’s Stable Take Center Stage in L.A.

Strong Prospects from Mikey Garcia’s Stable Take Center Stage in L.A.

FIGHT NIGHT AT THE BELASCO -- No digs at the 80s iconic movie but in prizefighting a sure thing may be the rarest of all discoveries. Several touted prospects of varying degrees step forward on Friday Feb. 3, at the beautiful Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The fight card will be televis...

Ringside in Indio: Berchelt Upsets Vargas in a Sizzler

Ringside in Indio: Berchelt Upsets Vargas in a Sizzler

BERCHELT VICTORIOUS IN INDIO -Miguel Berchelt proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back in defeating WBC super featherweight world titlist Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas by knockout on Saturday. But it was fun while it lasted. Berchelt (31-1, 28 KOs) grabbed the world title after...

Studio City Fight Report

Studio City Fight Report

RINGSIDE IN STUDIO CITY -- Prospects got their shot to prove their worth on Top Rank’s Southern California venue with Erick De Leon winning by knockout on Friday in the main event. Detroit’s De Leon (15-0, 9 KOs) delivered a body shot in the fourth round to end the fight against Jose Salinas ...