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New Faces: Chris Avalos

Team Avalos

By Robert Coster

At age 20, unbeaten bantamweight Chris Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs) is already getting plenty of TV exposure: he has boxed three times on ESPN, been on SHOBOX and has just finished appearing in a non-televised bout on the undercard of the Adamek-Arreola bout on Saturday, winning the NABO title (his first belt) by stopping much more experienced John Alberto Molina in just two rounds.

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Avalos’ manager Mike Criscio said, “I can understand why the TV channels are interested in Chris. It’s just that this young man has talent and brings TNT to every fight-he’s a star in the making.”

Avalos’ best performance to date is a four round destruction over (17-1) Jose Nieves that took place last January 29th. In that fight, Avalos impressively displayed short, strong punches thrown with lightening speed.

Tough Mexican champion Giovanni Caro has been another notable kayo victim of the San Diego-born youngster. Unlike many young fighters coming up today, most of the boxers Avalos has faced have had positive records.

“I enjoy facing tough guys that are in there to challenge you,” said Chris.

Turning pro at 18 after a sterling amateur career (96-14, junior Olympics, Golden Gloves and PAL titles), Avalos has the backing of a dedicated, experienced team: his father Felipe as his trainer, Mike Criscio as his manager and Gary Shaw as his promoter.

Yet, young Chris shows a humble side, admitting that for his growing string of wins in the ring, he still has to hone certain aspects of his game, “I love to slug it out, maybe too much. I want to work on my defensive skills. I want to box more.”

For his part, manager Criscio sees Chris Avalos as making it very quickly to the top of the bantamweight division, “We want to get Chris in the top ten this year and we are looking at a world title shot sometimes next year. Yes, that’s how confident we are about this young man’s talent.”

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