Fairfield’s Avila back in ring Monday night for televised fight

By From page B1 | February 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — He’s back, he’s healthy and he’s ready to fight.

Fairfield fighter Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila will be back in the ring for another televised fight with his prefect record on the line in Salinas, Monday night.

Avila (13-0, 5 KOs) will face Enrique Quevedo (15-6) at The Storm House on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. The undercard is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

After going 5-0 in 2012, Avila only had two bouts in 2013 due to injuries. Healthy again, he says he’s eager to get back in the ring.

“Right now, I’m 100 percent,” Avila said Friday night. “Last year, I had the layoff because of the cut in December and the cut back in June. But now, no problems, no cuts, no nothing.

“(Training) has been going great. My last fight was in October and we’ve been training since then. So we’re ready for this.”

Avila’s trainer Al LaGardo also knows he’s ready.

“He’s healed up, no injuries, no nothing. He’s ready to go,” LaGardo said. “Ever since he was a little kid I’ve told him you’re going to have injuries. You’re just going to have to deal with it. If you can’t deal with it, then there isn’t any reason to even fight. You’re going to get in the ring, you’re going to fight, you’re going to spar with no complaints.”

Avila isn’t concerned about facing Quevedo, letting his team get him ready.

“The only thing I know about him is he’s coming off a big win and he’s 15-6. Rather than looking at his fights, I let my corner handle that and just do what they tell me to do.

“He throws the hook a lot and drops his right hand. And he throws an overhand right, which I can counter with the hook. That’s good for me.”

As for fighting on TV again, all the lights and cameras don’t faze Avila.

“My last fight was also the main event on Fox Sports 1 and I ended that in two rounds and it felt great,” Avila said. “I just want to handle business again and hopefully do the same. It’s kind of like the TV cameras aren’t even there. I’ve been on TV over 10 times so it’s a normal thing for me now.

“I’m having quite a few friends (attending), two main ones that have never been (to see me fight), so it’s pretty cool that they can be there for this one.”

LaGardo has a plan in place for Avila to pick up his 14th straight win.

“(Quevedo) throws his hook to the body a lot and drops his right hand,” the trainer said. “Basically, I’ve been working on him with countering with the hook, and that’s his best punch, so . . . He has a lot of experience and he just defeated a guy . . . that was some kind of champion.

“(Avila’s) going to need to use that left hand and counter (punch). He’s got to control him with the left hand, and then drop his right hand on him when he least expects it.”

Avila’s not going to let anything stand in his way of keeping his record perfect.

“I feel great,” he said. “I don’t feel like anybody can stop me right now. Right now, I’m at my best, training for a 10-round fight. I’m ready to go.”

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

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