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Unbeaten defeated prospect Manuel “Tino” Avila is making the leap from prospect to contender as he fights 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr in the opening bout of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pay-per-view card on HBO Pay-Per-View Saturday, May 6th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. with Avila versus Diaz Jr. being the first bout.
On Saturday April 15th, Avila held a media day for the biggest fight of his career.
Here is what he had to say:
On fighting on the BIGGEST CARD OF THE YEAR – CANELO VS. CHAVEZ JR.
“I always see a fight as a fight. I have fought at casino, where the fight was not shown on TV or the undercard like Chad Dawson vs. Bernard Hopkins, the first one. No matter how big it is or how small it is in the ring it is always the same!”
On training camp
“We’re doing a lot of conditioning and strength work. We are taking a lot away from our last fight, knowing that JoJo Diaz saw that fight live and was commentating [on Avila’s last fight]. [JoJo] is also a left hander, so a lot of changes are going on.”
On his recent training camp…
“My team and I have been working extremely hard. 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. My body is fresh and I’m amped up for this fight.”
Message to Joseph Diaz Jr.
“JoJo, you better be ready!”
Canelo vs. Chavez, Jr. is a 12-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Adriana’s Insurance and Interjet. Lemieux vs. Reyes is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Eye of the Tiger Management, Matthysse vs. Taylor is a 10-round fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Boxing and Star Boxing. Avila vs. Diaz Jr. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 at T-Mobile Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.