The pride of Fairfield, CA, Manuel “Tino” Avila (23-1-1 8KOs) is determined to make a statement this Saturday when he faces undefeated prospect Joet Gonzalez (22-0 13KOs) at Dignity Health Sports Center in Carson, CA.

Due to the importance of the bout, Avila, 27, has returned to longtime trainer Phil Mondello, as well as getting excellent sparring from undefeated teammate Ivan Vergara. The changes have refreshed Avila.

“This fight means a lot to me because I feel like it’s my chance to climb back on top.” said Avila in between rounds at the Vallejo, California PAL gym in downtown Vallejo.

Avila who has been searching for his groove after suffering his lone loss to Joseph Diaz Jr. bout in 2017. Since then, he’s fought only twice, pounding out a good win over veteran tough guy Diuhl Olguin, and a split draw against Jose Gonzalez, in a fight that most ringside pundits favored Avila.

“I feel like people are underestimating me because I haven’t looked like myself in the ring for a while or been as active as the other fighters,” Avila said. “But this fight is different. The old Tino is back.”

Avila was signed by Golden Boy Promotions when he was 18. He originally campaigned at 122 lbs., before moving up to 126 lbs. for better opportunities.

The decorated amateur will face a stern test in Gonzalez, but Avila is ready.

“This camp is going great, one of the best camps I’ve had so far,” Avila said.”I can’t wait to show the fans all the hard work I have put in. I also want to thank Golden Boy Promotions, DAZN, and all the fight fans in California who will come to see this fight live.” said Avila.

Manuel “Tino” Avila battles hungry Joet Gonzalez July 13 at the Dignity Health Sports Center in Carson, CA, broadcast nationwide on the streaming service platform, DAZN.

DAZN will broadcast the fight live.