UFC and Bellator veteran Chris Avila has no plans to stop fighting in mixed martial arts, but he hopes the boxing community starts paying more attention to his. working in the ring alongside the rest of the athletes training at Nick Diaz Academy in California.
Avila, who appeared in her first boxing match in 2014 before finally returning to the ring for a victory over Anthony Taylor in the recent Jake Paul v Tyron Woodley 2 event, has long wished for the opportunity to participate in multiple combat sports.
Now that he’s finally returned to boxing, Avila is ready to prove what he can do while showcasing the work he does alongside teammates such as UFC star Nate Diaz.
“It’s nice to have been able to show that I’m a boxer,” Avila said speaking to MMA Fighting. “In fact, I am a boxer. It is one of the arts that I train on a daily basis. I have a real boxing coach. I come from a boxing background. We’re real martial artists here at Nick Diaz Academy, so we’re not your typical MMA fighter.
“We have real boxers. We train with top boxers. This is nothing new to me. It was good to go there and show that I was the show. I bring the show. There is no doubt now that everyone has seen what they have seen. I just showed that the level I am at is much higher than these attention grabbing guys and those big fights.
After his victory over Taylor in December, Avila has already started talking about a possible showdown against Tommy Fury, who was initially scheduled to face Paul that same night.
Part of the reason Avila wants Fury’s fight to be so he can continue to prove he’s capable of beating boxers who shine a lot brighter than him right now without the skills to back him up.
“Tommy Fury, he has nothing against me or my team,” said Avila. “I think it’s a fight that I can win hands down and move on to the bigger fights and ultimately fight with Jake Paul.
“These guys are just not at my level. I have to find these ways to showcase it. I had that boost so here I am, just letting everyone know I’m the show.
Avila mentioned Paul’s fight as a long-term goal, as the former YouTube celebrity and social influencer turned boxer continues to be one of the most polarizing figures in all of combat sports.
Since turning to boxing, Paul has set a perfect 5-0 record with four knockouts, including a devastating pair of finishes against former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley and former Bellator Champion. Ben Askren.
While Avila would love the chance to face Paul, he would also be happy to watch Diaz land this fight thanks to the always outspoken “Problem Child” who targeted him quite often in interviews and on social networks.
“I’m ready to see this fight [between Nate and Jake Paul]”Said Avila.” But when you fight Nate Diaz you get the real all-time fighter right there. So these guys are sitting here calling his name and he’ll end up stepping into the boxing ring. and I’m delighted to see him. Who he’ll box is his choice. He’s going to make a stamp and a statement in boxing, easy.
“The fight of Jake Paul, the team of Jake Paul is zero, we are already at one. This last fight was a Paul-Diaz, team against team, Jake Paul did it. They already have one. So if he wants to step in the ring with Nate or me, that would be good for both of us. I know it’s a fight I can win. I know this is a fight Nate would win, hands down. Easy money. “
There is no doubt that a clash between Diaz and Paul would attract a lot of attention both through ticket sales and pay-per-view, but Avila wants to join that upper echelon himself so that he can begin to demand these higher level fights.
He’s already had an impact on the Paul vs Woodley 2 undercard and Avila is determined to do even more with plans to compete five or six times in 2022.
“I just showed that the level I am at is a lot higher than these attention grabbing guys and those big fights,” said Avila. “I fought in the UFC, I fought at Bellator many times. I fought in PFL before they were PFL. I fought in large organizations. I’ve fought on the biggest pay-per-view cards, the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz rematch.
“I fought on these big stages. It was just a normal fight for me, I’ve been on the biggest stages before.