Author Archives: David A. Avila

Zarate and Esquivel Fight to Technical Draw in Ontario, Calif.

Zarate and Esquivel Fight to Technical Draw in Ontario, Calif.

ONTARIO, Calif.-A head clash ended the night prematurely for a bantamweight showdown between Isaac Zarate and Christian Esquivel and a super lightweight fight lived up to expectations on Friday night. San Pedro’s Zarate (13-3-3) was just getting warmed up when a clash of heads with Mexico’s E...

Inland Empire’s Teenage Phenoms Ryan Garcia and Joseph Landeros

Inland Empire’s Teenage Phenoms Ryan Garcia and Joseph Landeros

A quantum leap took place when Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (pictured) captured the junior NABF super featherweight title last month. Forget about the 30 second knockout. Garcia remains a teenager yet leaped over a number of prospects in the Golden Boy Promotions stable in less than a year. Garcia...

West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame Honors Its Own on Sunday

West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame Honors Its Own on Sunday

Luminaries from the boxing world hit North Hollywood when the doors open for the third annual West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Sunday. The Banquet of Champions event is sold out. A number of prizefighters from the past and those associated with the world of boxing in diff...

Texicans, Mexicans and More at Fantasy Springs

Texicans, Mexicans and More at Fantasy Springs

Deep in the desert region of Southern California a couple of guys from Dallas have made a temporary home in Indio. One of those Texans, Francisco Javier Martinez (3-0), enters the boxing ring in a six round featherweight clash against Mexico City’s Ricardo Arias (1-1-1) at Fantasy Springs Casin...

Valerio Shines and Chimpa Survives a Foul Fest at Belasco

Valerio Shines and Chimpa Survives a Foul Fest at Belasco

LOS ANGELES-Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez got the win over former world champion Gamaliel Diaz in a foul infested hugging war and Edgar Valerio (pictured in the black trunks) eased like the breeze on a summer-like autumn Friday. Gonzalez (18-1, 15 KOs) never could overcome the constant holding ...

Time to Improvise for Chimpa and Valerio at Belasco

Time to Improvise for Chimpa and Valerio at Belasco

Duke Ellington, the prolific jazz composer, once performed a musical play at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles during the 1940s. Ellington was known for writing “Take the A Train” an ode to New York City. A similar piece for L.A. might be called “Take the Blue Line” if you neede...

Avila’s Pound for Pound List

Avila’s Pound for Pound List

It’s never been more difficult to comprise a pound for pound list than now. With stalwarts like Wladimir Klitschko, Andre Ward, and Tim Bradley retired and former place holders such as Roman Gonzalez, Sergey Kovalev and Manny Pacquiao suffering losses the list has changed dramatically. Here’s...

Kaliesha West Bangs Out a Win in the Featured Bout at Rancho Mirage

Kaliesha West Bangs Out a Win in the Featured Bout at Rancho Mirage

RANCHO MIRAGE, Ca.-Regardless of the three-year layoff Kaliesha “Wild” West shook off the rust while in the ring against southpaw Kirstie Simmons to win by unanimous decision on Saturday. “My legs were right and my stance was right,” said West. Before a large following at Agua Caliente...

Wilberth Lopez Upsets Mystified Jose “Gato” Roman in Ontario, CA

Wilberth Lopez Upsets Mystified Jose “Gato” Roman in Ontario, CA

ONTARIO, CA -- It was the case of the southpaw jinx as Wilberth Lopez mystified Jose “Gato” Roman to win by unanimous decision in a super lightweight clash on Friday. Mexico’s lefty Lopez (19-8) ventured to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario and kept the hard-hitting Garden Grove fighter Roman...

Oscar Valdez Straddles Two Worlds….Plus Other Fight Notes

Oscar Valdez Straddles Two Worlds….Plus Other Fight Notes

Oscar Valdez straddles two worlds as deftly as he handles incoming fire from top contenders inside the prize ring. Whether it’s Tucson, Arizona or Nogales, Mexico the WBO featherweight world titlist glides through the differences confidently like breathing in and out. But confidence is not c...