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Manuel "Tino" Avila of Fairfield, Calif. has taken the local boxing scene by storm since his professional debut at Fight Night Club at Club Nokia in Los Angeles in 2010. 2014 was a busy year for Avila, as he took on and defeated Enrique Quevedo, David De La Mora, and Sergio Frias.
A staple of the Southern California boxing scene, super bantamweight Manuel “Tino” Avila will take the biggest step of his professional career on August 8, when he meets Cuban star Yoandris Salinas for the interim NABF 122-pound title. One of the most popular young fighters on the west coast, Avila began boxing at the age of 10, and while he also played soccer and baseball growing up, he soon moved to the sweet science full-time when it came to his after-school sporting activity, beginning an amateur career that saw him compile a 48-6 record. On November 18, 2010, the 18-year-old turned pro with a decision win over Alexis Hernandez, and his race to the top was on. After tearing through the local scene, Avila, then 13-0, fought and beat veteran Enrique Quevedo, who went on to hand Salinas his first pro loss, on February 17, 2014. Victories over David De La Mora, Sergio Frias and Erik Ruiz have followed for “Tino,” lifting his professional record to 17-0 heading into the most important fight of his career.