Sanchez, Avila headline explosive night of boxing
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 18, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Alan Sanchez
Review by John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing. Hometown hero Alan Sanchez and undefeated featherweight Manual “Tino” Avilla headline a professional boxing show at the Allan White Sports Center August 25 in Fairfield, Ca.

Sanchez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) will face Manual Leyva (21-7, 12 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight contest. Last April in Las Vegas, Sanchez raised some eyebrows when he starched favored Artemio Reyes. The 21-year-old has shown steady improvement since losing a split decision to Reyes two years ago.

Leyva, 29, needs a good performance to get his career back on track. The Downey native has lost six of his last seven fights.

Sanchez is anxious to get back in the ring.

"I'm really excited for August twenty fifth,” said Sanchez during an interview. “I can't wait to get in the ring again. It's been three months since my last fight in Vegas. I've been training hard with Antonio Demarco. I’ve learned a lot from him because he's left handed and so is the person I'm fighting. I will be ready for Leyva and will win by knock out."

Slick boxer Manual “Tino” Avila (8-0, 2 KOs) will face Minnesota native Vicente Alfaro (5-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled six-round featherweight bout. Avila, 20, fought just three weeks ago on the undercard of the Robert Guerrero – Seluk Aydin championship bout. Though victorious, Avila wasn’t pleased with his performance. He’s determined to be impressive on August 25.

“I want to show that hard work and dedication pay off,“Avila said. “I’ve been perfecting my jab and feel I can break down a guy with just my left hand.”

Another prospect, Paul Mendez (7-2-1, 1 KO) of Salinas, tangles with tough Loren "Rock" Myers (8-16, 2 KOs) in a six-round middleweight affair. Mendez, 23, also fought three weeks ago, winning by a wide margin over Leshon Simms. Mendez and Myers battled in 2010, with Mendez winning by unanimous decision. Mendez, now managed by Sam Garcia of Salinas, will be going for the knockout.

"Well, I can say I'm more than ready for the fight on the twenty fifth,"said Mendez. "It's looking like a rematch against me and Myers.I'm going for the knockout this time. I'm looking to show all the new tools I've acquired working here with the Garcias. I will have a lot of people attending that night and I do not want to disappoint them. I also just want to thank the Garcia family, Don Chargin, Paco Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions for their support and the opportunities they've given me.”

Myers, 31, who resides in San Diego, Ca. also has a plan.

"I'm going to apply pressure and keep working hard to the body," Myers said. "Try to make it ugly in there and not let my opponent get comfortable."

Bomber Joe "The Punisher" Gumina (2-1, 2 KOs) will be making his Fairfield debut against Payton Boyea (0-1) in a scheduled four-round cruiserweight bout. Gumina, 28, of San Bruno,Ca hasn't fought since losing a razor-thin split decision to Tony Johnson of San Jose. The layoff has angered the heavy-handed Gumina. He plans to take out his frustrations on Boyea.

“He is a good boxer with good movement," Gumina said. "I fought him as an amateur. He is a nice guy so I hope I don't hurt him too bad. I already know his game plan (running and grabbing) and the second he sits down and exchanges with me he is going to sleep,"he said. "I am very angry for this fight for some reason, and can't wait to get back in that ring.”

This boxing scribe recommends that all fight fans stay in there seats during this contest.

Two other bouts will feature exciting Jonathon Chicas (5-0, 3 KOs) of San Francisco, squaring off against Jose Mendoza (7-5, 3 KOs) in a junior lightweight contest, and featherweight knockout artist Fernando Samaniego Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs) and Pablo Cupul (6-8, 4 KOs).

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Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents in association with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

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