Undefeated super bantamweight Manuel Avila heads into his biggest career fight on Saturday night as the Golden Boy prospect takes on former world title challenger Yoandris Salinas at Fantasy Springs in California.
The 23 year-old from Fairfield has impressed in seventeen wins since turning professional in 2010 and can boast David de la Mora, Jhon Alberto Molina and Sergio Frias amongst his victims thus far. Avila enters new territory against Salinas as ‘Tino’ pushes further towards a world title fight in what is set to be his toughest test to date this weekend.
“I’m going to see what happens in the first few rounds. I’m going to see if Salinas tries to take the pace up or if I can keep it at my pace,” Avila told World Boxing News.
“I know he’s fast and throws a lot of right hands, but I don’t look too deep into my opponent. I know he throws a lot of punches and right hands, so what I’m working on is that right hand to prepare.”
Salinas, 29, has already mixed it at world title level when sharing the spoils against Scott Quigg two years, although surprisingly followed up a standout performance in the UK by losing in five rounds to the unheralded Enrique Quevedo.
Since then, the Cuban has knocked out Ricardo Alvarado in one round and is right back in contention for more honours if he can get through Avila who admitted to WBN that he hasn’t seen Salinas when he was in WBA title action.
“I didn’t see the fight so I can’t say anything about it, but once I get past this fight I’ll go back to the gym then talk to Golden Boy about being involved in fights like that. Right now though it’s just one fight at a time.
“We’ve been training harder than ever for Salinas, so hopefully this is working towards that (eventual goal). It probably won’t be this year (even with a win) but very soon,” added Avila.