Boxing fans were all a-tizzy on Saturday night, after local flyweight champion Ava Knight successfully defended her IBF title for the second time — this time against Mexican boxer Susana Vazquez. The three ringside judges at Auditorio Centenario in Zaragoza, Mexico ruled unanimously in Knight’s favor, awarding the 23 year-old Chico native for her speed, precision, stout defense and effective “stick,” in the words of trainer Ben Bautista. That brings Knight’s record up to 9-1-3, with 5 knockouts — including a particularly brutal drubbing of Arely Muciño in 2011.
- Team Knight
- Ava Knight (left) locked in hand-to-hand combat with Susana Vazquez