FAIRFIELD — His jab is as quick as ever and he’s going to need it.
Fairfield boxer Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila (15-0, 6 KOs) is back in action Friday and will put his perfect record on the line in the main event when he faces Mexico’s Sergio ‘Finito’ Frias (15-3-2, 8 KOs) at Allan Witt Sports Center.
The bout will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes during the 7-9 p.m. broadcast in a 10-round junior featherweight bout, but Avila will be facing an opponent that is taller and has a longer reach.
“We’re probably going to have to make him fight at a faster pace than he’s used to,” trainer Al Lagardo said in an interview at the Georgie Duke Sports Center in Vacaville, Wednesday. “He has a real good left hand. We need to explode on him every once in a while.
“He’s had like two or three different opponents before we ended up with this guy. We didn’t anticipate this guy was going to be this size. But everybody that (Tino) has fought is taller than him and he’s been devastating, and he’s been devastating in his sparring.”
Added Avila, “I’m just going to have to shorten up his punches and go in on the inside and out box him. I’m just going to use my jab and try to keep using it. It’s going to frustrate him. I’ll keep moving to his weaker side to see what’s going to happen.”
One thing Avila, 22, will have on his side is the fans, who always come out in support of their local fighter.
“It feels good (to be fighting back at home),” Avila said. “It’s another fight. It’s a lot closer, so no (sleeping in a) hotel room. Like I said, it’s just another fight, but I’m going to have more support because it’s the first time in almost two years (since I fought in Fairfield), so more people will be coming out for support.”
Lagardo said he’s been trying to get a fight for Avila in Fairfield since the last one, but was unsuccessful.
“We’ve been trying to get it back here and for some reason or another we were told we couldn’t get it,” the trainer said. “There was some problem. Now that we’re here, hopefully he can fight again here. . . . I hope he can come back.
“Hopefully someday when he gets a title shot, it will probably be in the area, but it won’t be here, maybe like Sacramento or something. Hopefully (he’ll get a shot at a title) at the beginning of next year, maybe the first three months of next year. Skill-wise (he’s earned it). The amount of fights, no. He’s got to be up there a little bit more.”
The last time Avila fought in Fairfield (in 2012) he stopped Vicente Alfaro in three rounds. Since then, he has fought and won six more times, most recently knocking out David De La Mora in just two rounds on May 15 in Del Mar.
Regardless of Frias’ better height and reach, the healthy Avila said he’s ready to go the distance, or end it in sooner.
“I’m ready (to go 10 rounds if need be),” the fighter said. “I’m ready for more than that. I don’t make any predictions. I just fight my fight and whatever happens, happens.
“I don’t have any injuries or anything. I’ve been sparring hard, training hard and I’m feeling 100 percent right now.”
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