LOS ANGELES - In a brawl that only LA FIGHT CLUB could bring its devoted and knowledgeable boxing fans, former NABF Super Bantamweight Champion Manuel "Tino" Avila (19-0, 8 KOs) is ready for a showdown to defend his undefeated record as he moves up to featherweight to face off against Nicaraguan warrior and former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (23-6, 16 KOs) in a 10-round main event on April 1 at The Belasco Theater and live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV.
Avila came in at 125.8-pounds and Alvarado was 125.6-pounds.
In the televised co-main event, Mexican warrior Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez (25-3, 21 KOs) of Mexico City will return to make his second showing at LA FIGHT CLUB to compete in an eight-round super lightweight bout against an opponent to be named soon.
"Manuel Avila is one of Golden Boy's top fighters and rising stars to watch so his move up to featherweight on April 1will be an exciting event to see," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
On the non-televised undercard and streaming live on Ring TV, Columbian transplant Oscar Torres (8-0, 4 KOs), who is now fighting out of Los Angeles, and former martial arts WLF Champion Melsik Baghdasaryan (3-0, 1 KO) of Glendale, Calif. will put their undefeated records on the line in an exciting six-round welterweight bout. Opening up the night and Ring Tv live stream, Tenochtitlan "T-Dog" Nava, of Los Angeles, the latest prospect to emerge from the venerable Westside Boxing team, will make his professional debut in a four-round super featherweight event. Opponents will be announced shortly.
Once ranked among the top three amateurs boxers in the world, Manuel "Tino" Avila is looking to solidify his professional boxing career by seeking a world title shot this 2016. The Fairfield native concluded 2015 with three solid victories in a row and earned the interim NABF super bantamweight title where he finished off his opponent former world title challenger Yoandris "El Nino" Salinas via technical knockout victory in the sixth round. "Tino" is ready to deliver this in 2016, beginning as he moves up for the first time to featherweight in a main event brawl against Alvarado in another career defining test, as he is prepared to bring on the fire to prove to his fans that he means business.
Managua, Nicaragua's Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado comes into the ring with much experience under his belt, owning several titles over the course of nearly eight years. "Gemelo" has earned the respect from his peers and boxing fans all over the world for his hard-nosed style and willingness to fight all. The 27 year old's biggest win was the complete stoppage at the ninth-round of current top featherweight contender Robinson "Robin Hood" Castellanos in 2014 which earned him the WBC Silver Featherweight Championship. If Alvarado can defeat Avila, he places himself neatly in line for a highly-anticipated re-match and remains in the running for a featherweight world title shot.
LA FIGHT CLUB: Manuel Avila vs. Rene Alvaradois presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD and Carmelita Chorizo. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:30 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, April 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and will stream live simultaneously on estrellaTV.com and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: youtube.com/FenomenoStudios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.