Author Archives: David A. Avila

Another Win in Japan for WBA Champion Danny Roman

Another Win in Japan for WBA Champion Danny Roman

While most of his fans slept Danny “Baby-faced Assassin” Roman dominated Ryo Matsumoto across the globe to keep the WBA super bantamweight world title by unanimous decision on Wednesday in Japan. It was only fitting that Roman (24-2-1, 9 KOs) make the first world title defense versus Ryo (21-...

WBA Champ Danny Roman Returns to Japan for His First Title Defense

WBA Champ Danny Roman Returns to Japan for His First Title Defense

Win or lose Danny Roman has taken fans on an extraordinary journey. The WBA super bantamweight titlist, Roman (23-2-1, 9 KOs) has an invitation to a duel against Ryo Matsumoto (21-1, 19 KOs) on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at venerable Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. It will not be televised but streamed v...

Thailand’s Sor Rungvisai Keeps WBC Title at the Forum

Thailand’s Sor Rungvisai Keeps WBC Title at the Forum

INGLEWOOD, Calif.-A breathless battle for the WBC super flyweight title saw the champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai retain the belt against Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada in blazing fashion on Saturday. Though the largely partisan crowd of more than 7,800 fans were largely disappointed by the outc...

Whiz Kids Jojo Diaz and Vergil Ortiz Victorious at Fantasy Springs

Whiz Kids Jojo Diaz and Vergil Ortiz Victorious at Fantasy Springs

INDIO, Calif.-NABO titlist Jojo Diaz floored Mexico’s Victor Terrazas three times in adding the NABF featherweight title to his wardrobe on Thursday evening. It was the most emphatic victory yet for the former Olympian. A crowd of more than 1,000 fans at Fantasy Springs Casino saw Diaz (26-0, 1...

Two Nights in So Cal- Fantasy Springs and The Forum

Two Nights in So Cal- Fantasy Springs and The Forum

It’s a new year with new hopes for various promoters in the Southern California region as two nights of prizefighting take center stage. On Thursday, Jojo Diaz (25-0, 13 KOs) defends the NABO featherweight title against Victor Terrazas (38-4-2, 21 KOs) in the 10-round main event at Fantasy Spri...

Southern California, The Soul of Boxing: part 4 of a 4-part series

Southern California, The Soul of Boxing: part 4 of a 4-part series

A few weeks before Halloween a middleweight fighter from Kazakhstan, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was making his first ring appearance in Southern California and facing Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio. The outdoor arena was sold out. Latino fans dominated the attendance that included several movi...

Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

Isaac Zarate Rallies to Outpoint Christian Ayala at the Ontario Doubletree

ONTARIO, Calif.-Isaac Zarate switched gears, stood his ground and grinded out a victory against talented Christian Ayala of Tijuana in a super bantamweight clash on Friday. It wasn’t easy. Zarate (14-3-3) fell behind Ayala’s counter-punching style before a sold out audience at the Doubletree ...

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

Southern California: The Soul of Boxing Part 3

It was the biggest Los Angeles fight in decades when Oscar “The Golden Boy” De La Hoya agreed to meet Sugar Shane Mosley for not only the WBC welterweight world title but for status as the best fighter pound for pound. Both prizefighters had been born and raised in the city of Angels and had ...

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part 2 (How It Came to Be)

Southern California, the Soul of Boxing: Part 2 (How It Came to Be)

Though Southern California produced the first ever featherweight world champion when Solly “Garcia” Smith captured it in the 1890s, the sparsely populated region could not compete with the East Coast in the 19th century and most of the 20th century. It was a simple matter of numbers. While...

Battle Royale at Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs Desert

Battle Royale at Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs Desert

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.-Desert fighting was the theme of this fight card that saw a battle royale between various parts of the arid municipalities on Saturday. Antonio Rodriguez (12-20-1) pounded out a win over San Diego’s Danny Andujo (5-3) in a six round bantamweight fight before more than 800 ...