“He’s indeed a forceful striker, but his punches didn’t intimidate me. I am simply several notches above him,” stated Avila regarding Stephens during the post-match press conference, following his victory via unanimous decision. “That sums up the story. It’s as simple as that.
“I had anticipated the fight unfolding somewhat along these lines, hence I stuck to my strengths. My foundation lies in boxing, along with MMA. I train in each art form independently. I am not merely an MMA-bred fighter.”
Despite Stephens’ impressive MMA record of 29-20, he launched an aggressive attack, utilizing his potent punches that often led to knockouts in the UFC. Although Avila endured multiple hits, he was far from being defeated. Unlike his MMA counterpart, Avila showcased a superior command over the stances, timing, and angles inherent to professional boxing. As the match progressed, he consistently outmaneuvered Stephens, whose boxing experience was mainly limited to a draw with the ex-featherweight UFC champion, Jose Aldo.
Following Avila’s professional MMA career, featuring tenures in UFC and Bellator, he has been experiencing a resurgence as a professional boxer. His victory over Stephens came after another dominant performance in the Misfits Boxing promotion earlier in April. However, Avila expressed disinterest in continuing with the influencer boxing promotion.
“I am not attracted to such ventures,” he remarked. “I participated in that show, filled with amateurs, and found no worthy adversaries. The onus is on them to elevate their standards. Misfits Boxing lacks any contender of significance.”
On Saturday, Avila emerged victorious in front of a massive crowd at one of the year’s major boxing events, defeating a well-respected MMA fighter who would likely have overpowered him in the cage. Although his fellow team member and friend, Nate Diaz, did not fare as well against influencer-turned-boxer Jake Paul, Diaz did earn a moral victory by becoming the crowd’s favorite.
Avila found the event’s response uplifting, stating, “It was exhilarating to witness such a large crowd, and it boosted my confidence to go out there and perform. I enjoyed every bit of it.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Chris Avila
Who won the boxing match between Chris Avila and Jeremy Stephens?
Chris Avila emerged victorious in his boxing match against Jeremy Stephens, winning via a unanimous decision.
What is Chris Avila’s background?
Chris Avila has a professional background in both MMA and boxing. He has fought in both UFC and Bellator, and he is currently experiencing a resurgence as a professional boxer.
What did Chris Avila say about Jeremy Stephens after the fight?
Avila stated that while Stephens is a powerful striker, he was not intimidated by his punches. He went on to say that he feels he is several levels above Stephens.
Is Chris Avila planning to return to Misfits Boxing?
No, Avila expressed disinterest in continuing with the influencer boxing promotion, Misfits Boxing. He stated that he found no worthy adversaries there and that the promotion needs to elevate their standards.
How did Chris Avila feel about the response to the boxing event?
Avila found the response to the event uplifting. He enjoyed performing in front of a large crowd, and it boosted his confidence.