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Avila dominates Ruiz on LA Fight Club

Erik Ruiz

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A host of Los Angeles based talent put their skills on display at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles in front of a packed crowd for the latest installment of Golden Boy Promotions ‘LA Fight Club’ series.

In the main event of the Fox Sports televised fight, Fairfield’s Manuel Avila took on Erik Ruiz in a super bantamweight contest.

The first round was a feeler round for both fighters, who steadily got more active in round two. Avila was the stalker and Ruiz looked to counter, with neither fighter being too productive in their efforts.

Action warmed up a bit in the midway rounds, with both fighters content to stand mid-ring and see what happens.

Not much ensued in rounds four or five, however, with the fighters throwing one glove at a time and doing much posturing and feinting with a lack of action.

Avila turned on some offense to start frame nine and worked behind a steady jab. It was a round scored for Avila, but not in too much of a dominant fashion.

The final round was lackluster, yet fans stayed appreciate and did not boo.

Ruiz, (13-3, 6KO) who is trained by Robert Garcia, dropped a unanimous decision by the scores of 100-90 times three.

Avila remains undefeated in the ring after the less than eventual main event.

Featherweight Diego De La Hoya was put in tough in the nights co-main event, pitted against 12-2-1 fighter Ramiro Robles.

A left hand dropped Marco Alcaraz, (0-6) in the first round of the TV swing bout, and Arce continued to tee off on his opponent who was at a disadvantage in height, reach, and oh yeah, he had never won a fight in five professional contests.

Arce (3-0) took full advantage against his undersized opponent, who was rocked again and dropped twice more in the first frame.

The fight was over in round two after yet another knockdown and the uncompetitive nature of the bout prompted referee Jack Reiss to call the fight off just as Alcaraz’s mouthpiece was punched out of his mouth.

In the opening stanza, De La Hoya threw about 30 consecutive punches in attempts to stop his opponent early, and continued working in the second and third rounds against the game Robles.

Robles’ was able to land some shots of his own, but DDLH was the more versatile glove thrower and got the better of Robles throughout the fight.

“De La Hoya is very smart, very intelligent. He knows his way around the ring. My last fight was in July against Joseph Diaz. (But) there is no excuse.”

The Mexicali, Mexico native, (DDLH) showed a deft arsenal of punches, repeatedly landing straight shots, hooks, and the occasional uppercut, and is showing with every fight that he is becoming more comfortable in the ring and could be a contender in the featherweight division in the not too distant future.

De La Hoya, (10-0, 6KO), the nephew of Hall of Fame inductee Oscar De La Hoya, stayed active and was the aggressor throughout, ended up with a decision nod with a tally of 80-72 three ways.

The fight marked DDLH’s second eight round bout and tenth professional contest.

DDLH talked to 3MR briefly after the fight.

“It was very exciting to give a great fight to the fans.

It was a tough fight, but I think it was the fight of the night.”

Chants of ‘Diego, Diego, Diego’, were heard in the crowd.

Fifty-two fight veteran Luis Maldonado Jr. took on Oscar Negrete in a super bantamweight affair.

Maldonado suffered a cut above his forehead in the opening round and worked through a cut on his nose in the second, and remained competitive with the undefeated fighter before eating a lot of punches to end round three.

The fight was stopped by the referee and went to the scorecards due to the damage on Maldonado, and Negrete, (9-0, 3KO) ended up with a victory with the scores of 50-46 and 50-45 twice after five rounds.

Los Angeles fighter Jesus ‘Striker’ Delgado took on Benjamin Vinson and scored a referee stoppage at 2:34 in the third round of a lightweight contest.

Super bantamweight Elziezer Agosto proved durable yet limited in his contest against Emilio Sanchez, fielding some of Sanchez’s best shots but not being able to return much fire in the four round bout.

Sanchez, (8-0, 6KO), mixed his punches well to the head and body and was able to dominate Agosoto throughout most of the fight.

Judges had it 40-35 and 39-36 twice for Sanchez.

“I feel good about my victory and staying undefeated, said Sanchez.

He gave me a good fight and I feel like I’m ready for a six rounder.”

In the night’s opener, Los Angeles native Diego Padilla had a successful professional debut in what was a sold affair against two fight veteran Zachary Cooper, who was undefeated prior to the fight.

Both fighters had their moments in the fight, and although was making his debut, it seemed as though he was the more seasoned fighter out of the two.

“LA Fight Club is a perfect venue,” said Padilla of the Belasco Theatre, which thus far has hosted three fight cards this year in downtown Los Angeles.

Padilla, (1-0) let his hands go early and often throughout the night, getting the better of the exchanges and scoring the fights only knockdown.

The end result was a unanimous nod at the scores of 40-35 three times.

In Padilla’s corner was future Hall of Famer Israel Vasquez.


Mikey Garcia was present during the night, and took to the microphone to address fans. Garcia told the fans to continue to be patient for his return to the ring, and promised them he would be back soon.

Leo Santa Cruz was also present, and again continued to talk up the proposed match-up between himself and Abner Mares.

Santa Cruz was just featured last weekend on the Mayweather/Pacquiao undercard, and was asked where he wanted to face Mares, either Staples Center or the Stub Hub Center.

“The Staples Center,” replied Santa Cruz.

“We would sell it out.”

Manager Rachel Charles hinted her upstart fighter, Golden Boy Promotions super middleweight Jason Quigley, may be east coast bound for his next fight.

Quigley packs some pop and is undefeated in six fights.

LAFC returns June 6 with a card featuring Ronny Rios and Roy Tapia in separate bouts.

It was Tweeted during the bout by ESPN’s Erik Raskin that last weekends’ Mayweather/Pacquiao PPV may have hit 5 million purchases, shattering the previous record of just under 2.5 million.

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