Ava Knight made the decision to move from the Bay Area to come to Las Vegas with her coach Ben Bautista and make a statement for Women's Boxing. Her statement has been made working in the Mayweather Gym and being welcomed in by Floyd himself.
Knight's ultimate goal is to catch the attention of promoters for women's boxing so it can become a part of the sport as much as the woman have done in MMA. Floyd and Mayweather Promotions have seen to take a positive outlook on what Ava has shown in the gym. Knight said, "I have never been in a a gym with so much hunger and dedication to the sport. It is so motivating and to see how Floyd interacts with his fighters makes me want to become a part of the team. It would be great to be Mayweather Promotion's first female champion. I am dedicated to make a statement here in Las Vegas for the women."
Knight also stated, "I am tired of fighting in Mexico. I love how they love boxing in Mexico and it doesn't matter if your male or female, but I have had so many bad and dirty things happen in the past before fights in opponents hometowns in Mexico, it just makes me want to try harder to get female boxing back the USA. I have a huge fan base everywhere but the USA and its time to change that."
Ava Knight flew all the way back to Toluca, Mexico to fight the local favorite Ibeth "La Roca" Zamora. Knight came out to Mexico after getting the call three weeks before the fight to get ready for the tough light flyweight champion.
The fight was a close one. With action going back and forth, it was a show of who could keep going forward. It was an action packed bout that was scored unfairly, but Knight accepted the loss with no animosity towards anything that had happened.
La Roca is a tough Light Flyweight Champion and kept her WBC Championship that night.
October 26, 2013
On May 11, Ava Knight defeated Linda Soto in a Technical fight by unanimous decision. It was an action packed bout with Soto relentless with coming forward to press Ava. Ava stayed calm and moved and picked her shots landing Soto with a straight right in the fourth to give her an eight count.
As the fight went on both fighters seemed to feel the 10,500 foot altitude but fought hard till the end. Knight finished the bout to look untouched and is now on her journey to find her next opponent.
Ava Knight will be heading back to Mexico to defend her WBC Silver World Title in the Flyweight division. Mexico has been the only place that has welcomed Ava with open arms to continue to fight in their country with respect for her fighting style, technique, and personality.
Knight will take on Linda Soto out of Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico. It will be an action packed fight with Mexico continuing to find a fighter to ruin Ava's raining wins on Mexico.
In a hard fought 10 round battle, Ava Knight won the WBC World Title beating Susana Vazquez. Ava weighing in at 110 lbs, took this fight wanting to see how a ten round fight would go with two good hands, because early in the previous fight, Ava's hands were injured, but a recurrence happened of injury.
It was a one sided fight, but with the heart of Susana, the fight was deemed the most exciting fight of the night. With all the hard punches, Susana never backed down and swung like she was there to prove a point, and she did. Susana has proved to be one of the toughest Mexicanas in Mexico, fighting all the greatest fighters including Jackie Nava, Mariana Juarez, Ana Maria, and now Ava Knight.
"I truly respect Susana as a fighter and a person. We had a hard time finding an opponent and she willfully came out. She is tough and she was here to fight. I have become a fan of hers and will root for her on her upcoming fights as she goes down to 108lbs," Ava said.
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion and World Boxing Federation (WBC) Diamond Champion, Ava “The Lady of Boxing” Knight (Chico, California, 10-1-3, 5 KOs) plans on making her first 2013 fight another win on her record. With the absence of finding the few other top champions of the flyweight division capable to come out and step up, Team Knight decided to give Susana “Toluquita” Vazquez (Toluca, Mexico, 8-7-1, 3 KOs) the rematch she wanted. In a previous interview, Susana stated, “I saw the repetition of the victory of Ava Knight on Mariana Juárez and I feel that I gave a better fight against Ava.”
Knight injured her hand in the third round of the first fight against Susana and is hoping with full recovery and preparation; she can come out with the Knock Out she promised in the first fight. Ben Bautista has been working on power and precision in the ring to make this fight easier than the first saying, “Susana is a great, strong fighter and deserves a lot of respect for wanting to get back in the ring with Ava, but we will show her no mercy in the ring.” Knight followed by saying, “I want to make 2013 the year I prove to the world that I have Knock Out power and it’s time to step it up and show it.”
The fight titled “Llegga a Chihuahua” will be on Mexican television network, Televisa, January 26, as part of their weekly boxing series, "Sabados de Coronas." It will be taking place at the Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Arguirre and presented by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing, and Grupo Modelo. Mexican boxing stars, Hugo "Increíble" Cázares, and Mexico’s 2012 Olympic Boxer Óscar Molina will also be featured on the card.
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On October 13, 2012 at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, Ava Knight (111 lbs) won the WBC Diamond Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous (97-93,96-94,97-93) decision over Mariana Juarez (112 lbs) of Mexico.
Ava Knight will be taking on Susana Vazquez of Mexico for her second title defense on the 30th of June in Torreon Mexico.
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World champion boxer Ava Knight successfully defended her International Boxing Federation flyweight crown last Saturday, March 31, in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 23-year-old Knight pounded her way to a 10th-round technical knockout over Thailand’s Hongfah Tor Buamas.
Ava Knight did a great job staying busy the whole fight, landing crisp, hard punches to the Thai. Hongfah Tor Buamas tried to retaliate on many occasions, being successful at times---but her punches lacked the power to hurt Ava or tilt the fight in her favor.
Ava stated, "I went to the body early and tore the body all through the rounds and she just stayed up, she wouldn't go down. She was really tough, but after my coach said take her out, I decided to go all out in the last round and show everyone what I was about."
The press conference was a successful one, with a few minor language mistakes, but mainly getting to the point. Hongfah Tor Buamas, thanked everyone for being there while stating she had more experience and was not scared to face Ava Knight in the ring. Ava kindly took the floor and said "...we trained hard so we could create the same results as last time."
As the conference went on a statement was mentioned about fighting Ana Maria Torres again in a rematch. Ava Knight stated, "...we have to look at one fight at a time. We are fighting Hongfah right now, but we do want our rematch in the near future." With kind demeanor, both champs looked at each other with a smile, as if the respect for one another had grew, but they both knew what was coming.
The weigh-ins took place on a yacht, in front of the beautiful scenery of the Los Cabos Beaches. IBF flyweight champion Ava Knight and her challenger, Hongfah Tor Buamas, both met the 112-pound limit for Saturday's title fight, coming in at 111.10 apiece.
The fight will take place in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico, and air on the Mexican channel Televisa 5, and also streamed live on the WBC website. Pictures courtesy Team Knight/HG Boxing.
On March 31, in Los Cabos, Mexico, Ava “Lady of Boxing” Knight will be fighting Hongfah Tor Buamas. The two are fighting 10 rounds with Ava defending her IBF Flyweight title. In another title bout, Ana Maria Torres defending WBC Super flyweight title against Maria Andrea Miranda.
We ended the year 2011 with a 2(2)-0-1 record. After a 16-month layoff, Knight (7-1-3, 4 KOs) finally came back into action in the game she knows best. In January, at 110-lbs she knocked out Gloria Salas, followed by an exciting draw with Kaliesha West five months later, that almost won her the WBO bantamweight title. But all things happen for a reason, and moving up in weight may not have been her calling. In October, Ava traveled to Colima Mexico, where she Knocked Out Arely Mucino in the second round for the IBF flyweight title. The belt was Knight’s first world title, making the 112-pounder the fifth reigning champ in NorCal.
Ava Knight has had a hard time, moving from Chico to the big City to train and become the great boxer she is now. Every boxer has to have a foundation which to stand on and to keep her ring of support strong. SFC has been her home now for the last two years and she has been able to continue chasing her dream of becoming pound for pound champion.
She has been under Coach Ben Bautista's wing for some time now and has become a part of their net of champions inside and outside the ring at SFC. Ben Bautista has earned his spot as Northern California Amateur Coach of the year because of his constant presence on the amateur scene, with Central Pacific District middleweight champion Aaron Coley and National PAL female middleweight bronze medalist Raquel Miller. Maintaining these duties while holding a post as Northern California Regional Director for USA Boxing, Ben doesn’t look to stop anytime soon.
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On Friday, October 29th in Colima Mexico, Ava Knight took the IBF Flyweight World title from Arely Mucino of Mexico. The fight ended in a second round knock out that ended the fight with a bang.
Ava Knight: "I walked into that fight confident. I knew that if I wanted to win fare and square, I would have to come out with a knock out because I didn't want any questions to who really won.
Coach Ben Bautista of San Francisco had a plan, and we executed it exactly how we wanted to. Camp was hard, long, and a three hour drive back and forth from Chico to SF for training was brutal, but it was part of my road to becoming champion. I knew this was my chance to grab a title at a weight class I have been yearning to fight in since I started. Flyweight is my natural weight class, walking around at 114, so staying at this weight class strong is what I aim to do. I feel no one can beat me in the flyweight division and I am determined to stay Champion after 5 long years of being a professional and going through some tough fights that most girls don't see until they reach super star status.
The actual fight was short. The first round for me was a feel out round. I wanted to see what she was planning on doing and where she was going to be throwing her punches from. It was a close round, we were both being cautious and watching each other. The second round I noticed the difference in facial expression. After being hit, I saw that she didn't want to exchange anymore. I felt strong, and she was getting a taste of what a real flyweight feels like in the ring. I saw my openings and came in and executed a combination that ended in a straight right hand that dropped her to the floor, which the referee called a slip. After that moment I thought, I'm not going to get my knock downs counted for so it's time to get to work. I came in with a body punches that ended with a left hook to the head that took her out. The referee waived the fight off immediately and her corner and the doctor came in to help her. Concerned about her safety, my corner and I all took a knee and prayed, and when finished, we came up paid our respect to her and enjoyed our victory.
I am very proud to take home a championship to the people who have paid so much attention, time and love to bring me to this point in my life. I've always heard that I was going to be a world champion, and now I can finally say that I am. I have come to realize that boxing brings people together like family. My boxing family is a large one, but complete in the sense that I only need them to venture on the journey to get me to the top and stay there. Boxing is a lonely sport, so the team that backs you up are the people who care enough to put in time and work to see you succeed.
Thank you all for the support and love I have felt for the work that I have been put in. Thank you to my team, SFC, my coach Ben Bautista, sparring partners,the promoter Hector Garcia for the opportunity, Team Mucino for coming into the ring, and Improve Balance Bands for sponsoring me for my training camp. I will work hard every day to live my life as a champion and to keep this world title in my hands."