Manuel “Tino” Avila (18-0, 8 KOs) embodies the very essence of Golden Boy Promotions’ current stable. He is a talented fighter with the propensity to make solid scraps in the junior featherweight division. There is work to do in order to make him a bigger star and he is still far from his full marketing potential. However, Golden Boy Promotions will get the opportunity to continue their promotional work with Avila now that the fighter has extended his contract with Oscar De La Hoya’s promotional outfit.
Avila recently defeated Cuban fighter Yoandris Salinas in August, a fight that had world title implications, and both Golden Boy and Avila are geared up to make a real run in the junior featherweight diviosn.
De La Hoya is enthusiastic about their plans for Avila and they are not about to slow down as the former fighter turned promoter is setting his sights on getting their recommitted fighter a world title shot in 2016.
“We are thrilled to continue working with Manuel Avila, a superstar-in-the-making in the super bantamweight division,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Manuel proved his mettle with a hard-fought victory over former world title contender Yoandris Salinas this past August and we are confident that ‘Tino’ is ready to fight for a major title in the next year.”
Golden Boy has been making some moves in 2015 in an effort to recalibrate and restock on fighters they feel embody the spirit of the company’s direction. They are looking for fighters that want to fight, simple as that. Guys that want to fight tough opposition, all comers really, are being welcomed at Golden Boy and they are after athletes that want to compete in every sense of the word – in terms of competition as well as competing often.
Avila fits into the fold nicely and based on his own goals he knows he is with the right company.
“Golden Boy Promotions has guided my career in the right direction from the very beginning,” said Manuel Avila. “They have proven to me what they can to do to make me the next world champion. They are like family to me, and I am looking forward to see what we can build together in the next phase of my career.”