Pro boxers set to invade Vacaville

By From page B1 | November 28, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Local boxing fans will have something to cheer about Saturday as professional boxing makes its way to Vacaville’s Georgie Duke Sports Center for a nationally televised event featuring a pair of local fighters.

Fairfield’s welterweight Alan Sanchez and super bantamweight Manuel “Tino” Avila will step into the ring for a pair of scheduled eight-round contests to be shown on the Telefutura Spanish-language network’s weekly Solo Boxeo broadcast.

Avila (10-0, 3KO) is scheduled to fight Ricky Lopez (9-1, 4 KO) of Oxnard, while Sanchez (11-2-1, 5 KO) awaits final word on his opponent.

Both fought in August at Fairfield’s Allan Witt Sports Center, coming away victorious.

Avila, testing out a new strategy of throwing more punches than in previous bouts, extended his unbeaten streak with a third-round knockout of Vicente Alfaro.

Sanchez knocked out southpaw Manuel Leyva in a grueling 10-round battle – his first against a lefty.

Saturday’s undercard features a pair of welterweight fights – JAmes Taylor (1-0) of San Diego awaits word on his opponent and Preston Freeman (1-0) of Salinas takes on Eduardo Hernandez (0-4-1) of Hollywood.

At bantamweight, Bruno Escalante Jr. (5-1-1, 3 KO)of Cebu, Philippines will face Pablo Cupul (6-9-0, 4 KO) of San Diego.

The fights are set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at Paco’s Restaurant in Woodland, La Charrita Mexican Market in Fairfield, JL Tepito Boxing Club in Fairfield and online at www.pacopresentsboxing.com.

Weigh-ins for the fights are at 5 p.m. Friday at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Fairfield.

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


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