Avila, De La Hoya and Negrete Victorious on Golden Boy Live
Golden Boy Live Results
In front of a sold out crowd at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, unbeaten featherweight Manuel Avila (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over a tough Erik Ruiz (13-2, 6 KOs) of Oxnard. Avila controlled the action in the early rounds and was slightly more active throughout but Ruiz had his moments, landing quick left hooks and occasional right hands. Avila still managed to close the show despite an apparent hand injury that forced him to only utilize his left in the final three rounds. Jabs and left hooks kept Ruiz at bay and earned him the 100-90 score cards.
“I was training to fight Rolly Lunas,” said Manuel “Tino” Avila. “I didn’t know much about Ruiz. I stuck to my game plan and relied on my best punch, the left jab. I get careless and that is where he came in, but in the end, I was able to go after him and come out with the win.”
“I took this fight thinking I could get a huge upset but it wasn’t enough,” said Erik Ruiz. “I think it was mostly the conditioning that was my problem. With the proper conditioning, it could have been a hell of a fight. Ultimately, he had a strong jab. I tried to neutralize it but just couldn’t.”
Featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (9-0, 6 KOs) dominated Ramiro Robles (12-2-1, 7 KOs) en route to a wide unanimous decision after 8 rounds. De La Hoya unloaded a barrage of shots in the opening round but a tough Robles weathered the storm and somehow managed to go the distance. De La Hoya’s pinpoint accuracy and combination punches could get Robles out early but earned him a shutout on the cards with scores of 80-72 all around.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Oscar Negrete (8-0, 3 KOs) won a technical decision over veteran journeyman Luis Maldonado (36-14-1, 27 KOs). The bout, scheduled for six was called to a halt in the fifth due to a cut suffered by Madonado in the opening round. A unintentional clash of heads in round 1 caused a cut that progressively got worse as the fight went on. Referee Zac Young waved it off at the request of the ringside physician. Negrete was dominating the action and was well ahead on the cards at the time of the stoppage. Cards were 50-46 all around.