Manuel "Tino" Avila stayed undefeated in tonight's LA Fight Club main event from the Belasco Theater, scoring a unanimous shutout over Erik Ruiz. All three judges had the fight 100-90 for Avila. BLH had it 98-92 for the winner.
Avila (17-0, 7 KO) started slow, but so did Ruiz (13-3, 6 KO), and it was Avila who landed the cleaner, more telling blows, using his jab and lateral movement effectively, while Ruiz pressured but didn't do so very effectively. Avila did hurt his right hand in the seventh round, and had to fight one-handed for the final three frames. That made things slightly more difficult for him, but he kept his icy composure, stayed focused, and worked his jab and hook to keep Ruiz at bay, winning all of those rounds.
For the fight, Avila landed 202 of 671 punches (30%), to just 92 of 253 (20%) from Ruiz.
Super bantamweight prospect Diego De La Hoya started fast and won wide over eight rounds against Ramiro Robles, going the eight-round distance thanks largely to Robles' toughness. De La Hoya (10-0, 6 KO) unloaded in round one, scoring with right hands early, then hurting Robles (12-3-1, 7 KO) and just letting both hands fly in an attempt to finish the fight then and there. For the first round alone, De La Hoya landed 55 of 116 punches, to Robles' 11 of 68.
The rest of the fight didn't keep that pace (it couldn't), and De La Hoya appeared to tire some down the stretch, but it was a solid performance and a learning experience for him. Robles never went away, kept marching forward, and gave it his best shot. Overall, De La Hoya landed 274 of 775 punches (35%) to Robles' 94 of 556 (17%). Scores were a predictable 80-72 across the board. BLH had it 80-71, giving De La Hoya a 10-8 round in the first.
Colombian bantamweight Oscar Negrete improved to 9-0 (4 KO) with a pretty one-sided win over veteran Luis Maldonado, coming by technical decision at 0:22 of round five. Maldonado, 37, was cut pretty badly on the hairline in round one on a clash of heads, and the two cracked skulls again early in round five, opening up an even worse cut over Maldonado's eye, which stopped the fight. Negrete, 27, looked sharp in there, but perhaps lacking pop. Maldonado is now 36-15-1 (27 KO), and has lost eight in a row and 13 of his last 14.