‘Tino’ Avila confident he can hang with South El Monte’s Joseph Diaz Jr.

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Manuel ‘Tino’ Avila is seen here during a recent workout in preparation for Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr./Photo by Julio C. Sanchez/Team Tino


Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. of South El Monte is ranked No. 2 in the world at featherweight by one major governing body. He is therefore on the cusp o f a world-title shot. In order to get it soon, he’s going to have to defeat Manuel “Tino” Avila on Saturday on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. super middleweight main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

Diaz is 23-0 with 13 knockouts. Avila, of Fairfield, is 22-0 with eight knockouts. Avila is ranked No. 10, which means Diaz could be facing his toughest opponent to date. Avila sure believes that.

“My team and I have been working extremely hard,” a confident Avila said during a recent workout. “I’ve got all the right people in my corner helping me get to the top.

“I’m sparring with some really good fighters, I’ve taken my conditioning to new levels. I’m amped for this fight.”

Avila had a message for Diaz.

“JoJo Diaz, you better be ready for me on May 6,” Avila said.

Diaz is 24, Avila is 25.

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Golden Boy plays host to Fox Sports 1 show tonight from Redwood City

Manuel Avila of Fairfield puts his undefeated record on the line Monday night when he takes on Jose Angel Cota of Mexicali in the 10-round featherweight main event from Sports House in Redwood City (on Fox Sports 1).

Avila is 12-0 with four knockouts. Cota is 15-9-1 with 11 knockouts.

The semi-main event will feature Louis Rose (8-1, 2 KOs) of Claremont going against Paul Mendez (14-2-1, 6 KOs) of Salinas in an eight-round super middleweight bout. Rose is on a three-fight winning streak after suffering his only loss in December in Hollywood.

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