TwitterFacebook

Ringnews24 Interview: Manuel Avila Ready to Take on Joseph Diaz

Barbara Pinnella

Barbara lives in USA and tries to cover as many fights as she can – which is never enough! She has been writing about boxing since the first series of The Contender, where she interviewed the loser of each match each week, and then the winner of the final bout and has been covering boxing ever since.

Follow Barbara Pinnella on: Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

In less than two weeks Manuel “Tino” Avila will have his toughest fight to date, as he faces off with Joseph “JoJo” Diaz. Avila will not only meet his strongest opponent in Diaz, but he will fight under the glitz, lights and television cameras on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez / Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. Pay-Per-View card in Las Vegas.

Both Tino and JoJo are undefeated, with Avila’s record standing at 22-0 with 8 KOs, while Diaz is 23-0 with 13 KOs. Even though these records are very close on paper, it is Diaz who is thought to have the best boxing resume. Tino turned professional at age 18, and had very little amateur experience, with only 54 fights.

In contrast, JoJo had a stellar amateur career. He was a quarter-finalist in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships. Because of that finish, he became the first American boxer to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. But none of that intimidates Tino.

See Also

Avila’s last fight was back in November, an ugly, hard-fought war with Jose Ramirez that saw Manuel get the win in a questionable split decision. He proved he could take whatever was thrown at him, be it punches, elbows, and all other ‘techniques’.

Before a recent training session, Avila took the time to speak with Ringnews24 about his background, and his big upcoming fight. And make no mistake, he plans to show Diaz and everyone else just what he has to offer the featherweight division.

“I have been with Golden Boy since I turned pro,” Tino told us. “It is unusual, being from Northern California without a big amateur background and no Olympic experience. I think I am the first to sign with a big promoter without any of that experience, and not being from L.A.”

What is also unusual is that Manuel has been with the same trainer since he started – Al Lagardo. But other things have changed in training for this fight. First, he has added strength and conditioning coaches to his training.

“Now I have Karl Sharrock and Sean Sharkey working with me as well. This is a big fight for me, so we are working on a lot of different things and my body is changing. I am getting a lot stronger and faster and have more mobility in my body.”

And a final change; up until this fight, Tino has never been a full-time boxer. Even though he signed with Golden Boy Promotions, he held a job as a steel worker. For this fight however, Avila has put that job on hold and is training constantly.

“For two years and my last three fights I was working full-time construction and still trained full-time. But now, for this fight, I am training full-time and not working. I took a leave so if I wanted to go back there I could, but I think I am going to look for an easier job than construction, maybe even part-time.

“But I will go back to work,” Manuel said. “I have a daughter named Angelica Rose who just turned three months old, and a wife, Cynthia. I want to keep working until I am sure that the fights are coming and the money is coming in. I am a family man first and a boxer second.”

Tino really enjoys spending time with his family and going to the occasional movie with them. He has stayed very grounded throughout the boxing process. He has made the right choices in both his professional and personal life. We look for Avila to have a long and successful career in boxing, and wish him good luck in his battle against Diaz.

I must thank Anthony Saldana, “Lukie” Lucas Ketelle, who is helping Manuel with public relations and set up this interview for me, and of course Tino himself, for taking the time to talk with Ringnews24.

All Photos courtesy of “Lukie” Lucas Ketelle

red-speech-300×267

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Jason Moloney could face John Riel Casimero on Lomachenko-Lopez undercard

Jason Moloney could face John Riel Casimero on Lomachenko-Lopez undercard

Bantamweight contender Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney 21-1 (18) could be in line for a shot at WBO champion John Riel Casimero 29-4 (20) according to broadcaster Ben Damon. Moloney scored a dominant seventh-round stoppage of rugged Mexican Leonardo Baez i…

Andrew Moloney set for rematch against conqueror Joshua Franco

Andrew Moloney set for rematch against conqueror Joshua Franco

Super flyweight Andrew ‘The Barber’ Moloney 21-1 (14) will get the chance to reclaim his WBA ‘regular’ title when he faces off against conqueror Joshua Franco 17-1-2 (8) later this year. The 29-year-old Australian suffered his first career loss to…

Michael Hunter leaves Matchroom, looks forward to September return

Michael Hunter leaves Matchroom, looks forward to September return

Heavyweight contender Michael ‘The Bounty’ Hunter 18-1-1 (12) has split from Matchroom Boxing but still expects to be back in the ring in September. The 31-year-old American has gone 6-0-1 since moving up to heavyweight with the draw coming agains…

Floyd Mayweather lashes out after being listed behind Sugar Ray…

Floyd Mayweather lashes out after being listed behind Sugar Ray Leonard on all-time welterweight list

Floyd Mayweather has hit back after being listed behind Sugar Ray Leonard in a list of all-time great welterweights. The 43-year-old American won his first world championship at super featherweight and worked his way up the weights before finally …

Vasiliy Lomachenko set to face Teofimo Lopez on September 19

Vasiliy Lomachenko set to face Teofimo Lopez on September 19

WBC, WBA and WBO lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko 14-1 (10) is set to face IBF counterpart Teofimo Lopez 15-0 (12) in an exciting four-belt unification bout on September 19, according to promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. Lomachenko was initial…

Jarrell Miller insists he did nothing wrong following failed drug…

Jarrell Miller insists he did nothing wrong following failed drug test

Disgraced heavyweight Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller has denied knowingly taken a performance enhancing drug following his failed drug test last month. The test result put the kybosh on his planned ring return against Jerry Forrest in Las Vegas on July…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US