For the first time in two years, top junior featherweight prospect Manuel "Tino" Avila will compete in his hometown of Fairfield, Calif. at the Allan Witt Sports Center and puts his undefeated record on the line in the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes' Golden Boy Live! main event against Mexico's Sergio "Finito" Frias on Friday, August 22.
In the co-main event, it's an eight-round heavyweight showdown when unbeaten Gerald "El Gallo"Washington faces veteran standout Nagy Aguilera. In the eight-round televised opener, featherweights Guy Robb of Sacramento, Calif. and Jonathan Arrellano of Ontario, Canada will square off.
"Few moments in boxing are more exciting for fans than when a young, hungry prospect fights in front of his hometown," said Oscar De La Hoya, president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions. "Manuel Avila seems to have all the tools, but how he performs against a tough fighter like Sergio Frias in a pressure-packed situation will determine a great deal about Tino's future.. Gerald Washington is an impressive athlete who has picked up boxing very well in a short period of time, and if he beats a veteran like Aguilera, he could be on his way to the next level of the heavyweight division."
A 22-year-old rising star with a huge California following that is growing nationwide, Fairfield's Manuel "Tino" Avila (15-0, 6 KOs) last fought at home in August of 2012, when he stopped Vicente Alfaro in three rounds. Since then, he has fought and won six more times, most recently knocking out seasoned veteran David De La Mora in just two rounds. Showing clear improvement with each fight, Avila expects to be at his best ever on August 22.
A former college football star who is on his way to surpassing his success on the gridiron in the boxing ring, Vallejo's Gerald Washington (13-0, 10 KOs) may have gotten a late start in the sweet science, but he's making up for lost time quickly. Washington is 3-0 thus far in 2014 and the 32-year-old has scored knockouts over Arron Lyons, Skipp Scott and Travis Walker this year and Aguilera is on his hit list for number four.