FAIRFIELD — It’s another step up the ladder for Fairfield boxer Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila.
Avila will put his perfect professional record of 12-0 (four KOs) on the line Oct. 28 when he faces 34-year-old Jose ‘Cacho’ Silveira (15-9, 6 KOs), of Mexico, at the Sports House in Redwood City.
The main event bout will be televised on Fox Sports 1, with the first fight scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Al Lagardo, Avila’s trainer, has his fighter ready to take the next step toward a possible title shot down the road.
“Right now he’s doing this one, then we’ll worry about the next one,” Lagardo said. “That’s what it’s all about, all about exposure (on TV). He’s been on TV before, but this is a little more important, but he still has to perform.
“(Tino’s) training has been great. He fought (sparred) 10 rounds (Thursday). Monday, I will shut him down. He’s done a lot of sparring. I just want him to get more rest, work on technique and bag work.”
Avila said that’s always been part of his plan, get plenty of rest before taking on a seasoned opponent.
“That’s how we’ll do it,” Avila said. “Every fight, we shut down for a week. My weight is always under control. We do light work for a week. We don’t want to take a risk in the final week (before a fight).”
One thing is certain for this fight: Neither Lagardo nor Avila know very much about Silveira. But that’s really not a concern.
“We don’t know anything about this guy,” Lagardo said. “We have no film on him at all.”
Avila brushed that fact aside.
“It’s just another fight (not knowing an opponent), I’ve done it before,” Avila said. “Most of my fights I have I haven’t seen footage. It doesn’t matter. Every fighter has a plan until you get hit.”
Avila also likes that his fight is the headliner.
“It’s real important being a main event,” he said. “(The promoters) have good faith in me and probably because I’m a fan favorite (fighting so close to home).”
Lagardo said he sees a way for Avila to win, even though he’s never seen his opponent.
“Be consistent with the jab and set up the right hand,” the trainer said. “If we come in and kill time with the jab, it’s Tino’s fight. That’s going to be hard to beat.”
Obviously, Avila listens to his trainer’s advice, and his opinion is similar to Lagardo’s.
“I’m going to have to win every round dominantly to make sure I win clearly,” the fighter said. “We’re just gonna fight my fight. If he comes at me, I can adjust to him and still be a dominant fighter, If he moves forward, I’ll move back. If he goes back, I’ll move forward.”
Having an undefeated fighter, Lagardo knows this step on the ladder for Avila is key.
“This is very important to his career at this point,” Lagardo said. “(By the) middle of next year, maybe a little more, he could be fighting for some kind of belt, if everything goes well.”
Avila hopes to be higher on that ladder Oct. 28.
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