At the age of 18, Chris recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he was an amateur standout at the national level.
Manager Richard Anthony said, “With Chris’s career, we are going to stay pure and true to the process, and we’ll see the byproducts as they come.
“We look forward to a very bright future with Chris and Top Rank.”
He debuted on June 30 in Oklahoma City and won a four-round unanimous decision against Tyler Pacheco.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Los Angeles junior lightweight Chris Zavala, who recently signed with Top Rank, shined in his pro debut as he easily outpointed Tyler Pacheco of Abilene, Texas.
Zavala dropped Pacheco in the third round and won 40-35, 40-35 and 39-36. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Chris said, “This was my first experience as a pro fighter. The atmosphere is different. I’m ready and hungry to keep improving with each fight that passes. I’m happy with my performance, but I know that I can do better. It was a good learning experience, and it will help me to continue to grow as a fighter.”
In an earlier interview, Chris said, “I train at the Legendz Boxing Club in Norwalk, California. I’ve sparred with Oscar Valdez, Jessie Magdaleno, Michael Conlan – I worked in training camps with all three of them. I’ve sparred with a lot of international fighters, as well, that come to Legendz.
“My style is very tactical. I like to box, but I’ll get in there and brawl if I have to. I’m very good at pressuring my opponent and taking away his power, and countering right back when he doesn’t expect it. I don’t get hit is much as a lot of fighters do. I have great defense, great footwork, I use a lot of angles.
“I started using the nickname, ‘The Boy.’ It just kind of came to me – I was training and I just started thinking about it. I’ve been training with my coach, Manny Robles, since I was nine years old and he would always say, ‘Atta boy, atta boy.’ So I thought about it, and I thought, how about ‘The Boy.’ That’s how I came up with it.”