Avalos Promises To Look
When crowd-pleasing bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos, 18-1
(15 KO's), steps into the squared circle Friday evening at
Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on
ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the
West Coast) on SHOWTIME, against Khabir Suleymanov, he
understands the importance of being on his A game.
Last August, Avalos dropped a hotly contested split decision
to Christopher Martin on ShoBox, and is returning to the
series for the first time since his lone defeat.
Following the setback against Martin, he's since racked up
two consecutive wins by knockout while making adjustments
along the way. More importantly, Avalos recognizes what's
expected from him and the necessity of putting on a good
"I know a lot of people are expecting me to come back
strong," said the Lancaster, California, native. "I need to
go out there and give (Suleymanov) hell."
Dubbed "The Crazy Russian", Suleymanov has a reputation for
coming to fight and being relentless inside the ring. At
11-0 with 5 knockouts, Suleymanov most recently stopped
16-2-1 Javier Gallo and has what it takes to present Avalos
with a serious challenge.
"I've seen Suleymanov spar before and he's a good fighter,"
Avalos said of the Los Angeles-based Russian. "He's a dirty
fighter. He's a good inside fighter but (takes) a ton of
uppercuts, so I plan to mix it up in there. I'll box a
little, brawl a little and confuse him."
The Avalos-Suleymanov bout is scheduled for ten rounds and
is part of a special triple header that also includes a
10-round main event between top cruiserweight contenders
Lateef "Power" Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) and Matt "Too Smooth"
Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) and Archie Ray Marquez (12-0, 8 KOs),
of Albuquerque, N.M., and Armenian-born Art "Lionheart"
Hovanessian (13-0, 7 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., clashing in
an eight-round battle of unbeaten lightweights.
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