Francisco Salazar

Tino Avila, Paul Mendez, Diego De La Hoya highlight Golden Boy Live card

The familiar matchup between unbeaten prospect and veteran along with a middleweight crossroads bout will highlight a Fox Sports 1-televised fight card on Monday.

Unbeaten junior featherweight prospect Manuel Avila will fight spoiler Enrique Quevedo in the scheduled 10-round main event of a Golden Boy Live! show at the Storm House in Salinas, Calif. The 10-round middleweight co-featured bout is between Paul Mendez and Raul Cazarez.

Opening the telecast, which will also air on Fox Deportes, will be a four-round bout between unbeaten Diego De La Hoya and Sergio Najera.

Avila (13-0, 5 KOs), who hails from the Northern California town of Fairfield, will be facing the toughest opponent of his career on paper against Quevedo.

In his last bout on Oct. 28, which was also televised on Fox Sports 1, Avila stopped late-sub Jose Angel Cota in the second round of a scheduled 10-round bout. The Cota fight was Avila’s first 10-round bout after having fought scheduled eight round bouts in his three previous fights.

The 21-year-old former amateur standout will have his hands full against Quevedo, who has pulled off a couple of upsets in recent years.

In his last bout on Oct. 18, Quevedo (15-6-1, 9 KOs) won a one-sided eight-round unanimous decision over fringe contender Christopher Martin in Ontario, Calif. Prior to the Martin fight, Quevedo had lost two fights in a row to Edivaldo Ortega and Jesus Ruiz.

Quevedo does have a knockout victory over an unbeaten prospect on his resume. In October of 2007, Quevedo stopped current bantamweight contender Hugo Ruiz in the fourth round.

A victory over Quevedo could solidify Avila’s standing as a legit prospect and someone to look at in 2014.

Like Avila, middleweight Paul Mendez also fought on Oct. 28. He fought to a 10-round split decision draw against Louis Rose where each fighter had his moments in the bout.

Mendez (14-2-2, 6 KOs), who hails from the San Joaquin Valley city of Delano, is unbeaten in his last 10 bouts since a six-round split decision loss to James Parison in September of 2011.

Cazarez (20-4, 9 KOs), from Edinburgh, Texas, is coming off a six-round split decision victory over Quinton Whitaker on Oct. 5 in nearby Pharr.

Prior to the victory over Whitaker, Cazarez was knocked out by Raymond Gatica in the fourth round on April 26 and was knocked out by Alfredo Angulo in the first round in November of 2012.

Featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (2-0, 2 KOs), a former Mexican amateur standout, is managed by his cousin Joel De La Hoya. 

Fox Sports 1 will begin its telecast of the card at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT.

 

 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and Boxingscene.com. He could be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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