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Also live on the @HBOLatino Boxing telecast, former world title contender Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-1-3, 14 KOs) of Miami faced off against undefeated standout Manuel “Tino” Avila (18-0, 8 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. in the co-main event for the vacant interim NABF Super Bantamweight Title. The fight started off slow as both fighters looked for opportunities to hurt each other. The paced picked up in the third round when Avila shocked Salinas with a right cross that sent Salinas to the mat. Salinas came back with a vengeance in the fourth round to only hurt his right hand. By the sixth round the pain in Salina’s right hand was unbearable and the corner called off the fight, awarding Avila the interim NABF Super Bantamweight Title by technical knockout. “I was expecting Salinas to be a tougher fighter,” said Manuel Avila. “I had heard a lot about him, his record and reputation. Taking that into account my team really prepared me. I trained longer and harder. I felt like this fight was going to go the distance and I wanted to increase my speed and stamina. In all my 13 years fighting I had never won a belt, not even as an amateur. I now am glad to say that I am the NABF Super Bantamweight Champion. I am taking home the belt back home to my gym, the Vacaville Pal. I am ready for a world championship fight, and this victory proves it.” “My plan was to start slow and find out what Avila was all about and I found that he wasn’t a heavy puncher, so when he knocked me down in third round I was very surprised,” said Yoandris Salinas. “So I started to put more pressure on him with my right hook. In the fourth round, I continued to lead with my right since I felt like I was hurting him but one of my right hooks hurt my hand. I tried to continue the fight into the fifth and sixth rounds but the pain in my right hand was unbearable and I knew Avila noticed and began to take advantage of my situation.
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