Author Archives: David A. Avila

Injured Boxer Daniel Franco Fundraiser on July 29 in SoCal

Injured Boxer Daniel Franco Fundraiser on July 29 in SoCal

After more than a month in hospitals 1,000 miles away injured boxer Daniel Franco finally returned to his Southern California roots. A special chartered plane that included climate and air pressure control instruments flew Franco from Nebraska to Chino Airport on Monday. He had been first in Iowa...

Ringside in Anaheim: Muwendo and Estrada Emerge Victorious

Ringside in Anaheim: Muwendo and Estrada Emerge Victorious

ANAHEIM, CALIF.-With all the advantages of being a natural super lightweight Ismail Muwendo defeated the much shorter but more skillful Efrain Esquivias by decision on Friday. Long Beach’s Muwendo (19-0) continued his undefeated streak by using his height and natural strength to overpower Esqui...

Robert Guerrero’s Journey from Gilroy to Las Vegas

Robert Guerrero’s Journey from Gilroy to Las Vegas

When Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero first stepped into the prize ring, all I remember was a camel was involved. Thinking back on that day on April 22, 2001, a fighter by the name of Hector Camacho Jr. rode on the back of a camel into the outdoor lot of Fantasy Springs Casino. He was dressed like...

Ringside Report: Berchelt and Corrales Keep Their Title Belts at the Forum

Ringside Report: Berchelt and Corrales Keep Their Title Belts at the Forum

INGLEWOOD, CALIF.-WBC super featherweight titlist Miguel Berchelt proved his win was not a fluke and led the fight card with a successful defense of his world title against the super aggressive Takashi Miura of Japan on Saturday. A crowd of 5,846 at the Forum saw two super featherweight title fig...

An Upset in L.A. as Rene Alvarado KOs Roger Gutierrez

An Upset in L.A. as Rene Alvarado KOs Roger Gutierrez

LOS ANGELES-Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado probably didn’t read the script and upended Venezuela’s Roger Gutierrez with a seventh round knockout and his first loss before a surprised and amused audience on Friday night. A crowd of more than 800 packed the tidy Belasco Theater, and witnessed the ...

Vasyl Lomachenko, Mikaela Mayer and Friends on Top Rank L.A. Show

Vasyl Lomachenko, Mikaela Mayer and Friends on Top Rank L.A. Show

Inside the bright and shiny Inter-Continental Hotel packed with the latest hard-to-decipher electronic and computerized gadgets was Vasyl “High-Tech” Lomachenko, a hard-to-decipher world champion. It was a perfect fit. Members of the media gathered in downtown Los Angeles for the Top Rank ...

Back to Back Boxing Jewels in Southern California This Weekend

Back to Back Boxing Jewels in Southern California This Weekend

Once again summer means the Southern California landscape will be sizzling with fight cards from Montebello to Inglewood. Perhaps the most curious of the cluster of fights takes place at the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday July 15. HBO will televise but only a few. It would be better to watch in p...

Mikey Garcia Prepares for Adrien Broner, a Weighty Challenge

Mikey Garcia Prepares for Adrien Broner, a Weighty Challenge

There are champions and then there are champions. Some are content with protecting their title and their domain with the satisfaction of a fat cat with a ball of yarn. But others aren’t satisfied with ball of yarn content. Instead they constantly push the degree of danger in their lives. They i...

Daniel Franco Update: Slow Recovery in Omaha

Daniel Franco Update: Slow Recovery in Omaha

Daniel Franco remains in the fight of his life as he continues to recover from the “brain bleed” he suffered after a knockout loss a month ago. Franco, 25, is currently in Madonna Rehab Center in Nebraska recovering from the injury and still has a portion of his skull removed. His injury occu...

A Tale of Two Continents: Pacquiao and De La Hoya

A Tale of Two Continents: Pacquiao and De La Hoya

In a tale of two continents two prizefighters of varying degrees fought in foreign lands: one a dimming superstar in the Australian continent and the other a brilliant prospect in the southern portion of South America. One was sent home bloodied and bowed, the other victorious and departing with ...