Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Featured 2

AVIOUS GRIFFIN IS A WELTERWEIGHT HOPEFUL, BUT HE HAD TO FIGHT OFF HOPELESSNESS

Once framed for murder, he’s unbeaten and on the way up as he fights on Saturday night in Atlantic City

www.boxinginsider.com

Avious Griffin may someday get knocked down in the boxing ring, but he won’t likely stay down, because that’s nothing compared to what he’s experienced in the arena of “real life.” You’d have to go a long way to find another pro fighter who’s been wrongfully incarcerated for murder and had to make a comeback from that.

There’s now a success story in progress, and it will continue on Saturday as the native of Chattanooga, TN faces off against Nicaragua’s Lesther Espino in a scheduled eight-round welterweight fight. It’s part of the May 11 show on the Boardwalk, as Larry Goldberg’s Boxing Insider Promotions brings pro boxing back to the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City after a seven-year absence.

Griffin had about 160 amateur bouts, competing with some of the best at the national level, doing so under the watchful eye of his father Alvin, who introduced him to the sport at the age of eight.

The two were inseparable, and planned to climb the ladder together. But fate threw Griffin a curveball. Three weeks before his pro debut was to take place, a blood vessel in Alvin’s brain burst, and as Avious was rushing him to the hospital, he died in the back seat.

Avious felt that his dad would want him to go through with the fight, so he did. That took place in June 2016, and in the first 13 months of his pro career, he registered four knockouts in a total of seven rounds.

Then fate stepped in once again. There was a murder investigation in Chattanooga, and an acquaintance of Griffin’s used his name in connection with the crime. That led to Griffin’s arrest and conviction, and he wound up being imprisoned for eleven months. It was difficult because people turned their backs on him, but he had to believe in himself. In his own words, “I had to rebuild myself from scratch. It was like kindergarten all over again.”

As he was languishing in prison, some of the other people involved with the crime admitted that Griffin had nothing to do with it, and the process that followed led to his release.

After he regained his freedom, he made his way to Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas, and went to work. His first fight in almost four years took place in May 2021 as he stopped Jair Garza in the first round.

There’s been no stopping him since.

In thirteen pro fights, only one opponent – Marcelo Bzowski – has been able to go the distance with him. That was in February of 2022. In his last bout, which was back in July, he scored a second-round KO over veteran Jonathan Jose Eniz. He was supposed to fight last November in Costa Rica, but missed it because of an injury.

Griffin is no stranger to Atlantic City, having fought there twice. On Saturday (May 11), he is slated to face Espino, a resident of Nicaragua who is 8-5 with six KO’s. Four of Espino’s five defeats have come at the hands of undefeated opponents.

Currently ranked 7th by the United States Boxing Association (USBA), Griffin is taking aim at anyone rated ahead of him. And he doesn’t care too much about obstacles in his way.

“A lot of people can’t take the kind of blows I have taken and get up and keep going.”

Inclusive of Avious Griffin’s fight, this is the lineup for Saturday night’s  Boxing Insider Promotions show:

8 Rounds — Featherweights
JOHN LEONARDO (10-1-1, 4 KO’s), Manalapan Township, NJ vs. FRANK GONZALEZ (12-5, 6 KO’s), Tampa, FL

8 Rounds — Welterweights
AVIOUS GRIFFIN (13-0, 12 KO’s), Chattanooga, TN vs. LESTHER ESPINO (8-5, 6 KO’s), Nicaragua

6 Rounds — Junior Middleweights
JUSTIN FIGUEROA (8-0, 6 KO’s), Atlantic City, NJ vs. ANTONIO ARMAS (13-7, 8 KO’s), Venezuela

6 Rounds — Jr. Middleweights
DWYKE FLEMMINGS (6-0, 6 KO’s), Paterson, NJ vs. JONATHAN HAMPTON (3-4, 1 KO), Gary, IN 

4 Rounds — Heavyweights
PRYCE TAYLOR (3-0, 2 KO’s), Brooklyn, NY vs. LAWRENCE KING JR. (2-1,1 KO), Rochester, NY

4 Rounds — Middleweights
JACOB SOLIS (3-0, 3 KO’s), New York, NY vs. BRANDON MARTINEZ (1-3, 1 KO), Tucson, AZ

4 Rounds — Lightweights
KOBY WILLIAMS (pro debut), Brooklyn, NY vs. KEVIN HICKS  (1-2, 1 KO), Taswell, WV

Tickets are priced at $60, $100, $150 and $200, and are available through TicketMaster (https://www.ticketmaster.com/boxing-insider-live-professional-boxing-atlantic-city-new-jersey-05-11-2024/event/02006076BA7B700C), or at the Tropicana box office.
 
This event will also stream live and free of charge at BoxingInsider.com

www.boxinginsider.com

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. tvbrackets

    05/12/2024 at 7:10 am

    Somebody essentially lend a hand to make significantly posts I might state That is the very first time I frequented your web page and up to now I surprised with the research you made to create this particular put up amazing Excellent job

  2. Anna

    05/12/2024 at 6:31 pm

    Google paid $195 a hour on the internet..my close relative has been without labor for nine months and the earlier month her compensation check was $23660 by working at home for 10 hours a day….. E­v­e­r­y­b­o­d­y m­u­s­t t­r­y t­h­i­s j­o­b n­o­w b­y j­u­s­t u­s­e ­t­h­i­s…

    —————->>> https://W­w­w.W­o­r­k­j­o­i­n­7.c­o­m

  3. Alizabeth

    05/16/2024 at 12:30 am

    I GET PAID OVER $220 PER HOUR WORKING FROM HOME WITH 2 KIDS AT HOME. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT BUT MY BEST FRIEND EARNS OVER $35,000 A MONTH DOING THIS AND SHE CONVINCED ME TO TRY. IT WAS ALL TRUE AND HAS TOTALLY CHANGED MY LIFE… THIS IS WHAT I DO, CHECK IT OUT BY VISITING FOLLOWING LINK

    C­­­­­­­O­­­­­­­PY ­HE­RE →­­→ 𝕨𝕨𝕨.𝕛𝕠𝕚𝕟.𝕡𝕒𝕪𝕒𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕞𝕖𝟡.𝕔𝕠𝕞­

  4. Julia

    05/16/2024 at 5:23 pm

    US Dollar 2,000 in a Single Online Day Due to its position, the United States bv02 offers a plethora of opportunities for those seeking employment. With so many options accessible, it might be difficult to know where to start. You may choose the ideal online housekeeping strategy with the vs-74 help of this post.

    Begin here>>>>>>>>>>>>>> https://becomeriches01.blogspot.com/

  5. Treppenhausreinigung

    05/18/2024 at 2:52 pm

    This article was incredibly insightful! I was captivated by the thoroughness of the information and the clear, engaging way it was delivered. The depth of research and expertise evident in this post is remarkable, significantly elevating the content’s quality. The insights in the opening and concluding sections were particularly compelling, sparking some ideas and questions I hope you will explore in future articles. If there are any additional resources for further exploration on this topic, I would love to delve into them. Thank you for sharing your expertise and enriching our understanding of this subject. I felt compelled to comment immediately after reading due to the exceptional quality of this piece. Keep up the fantastic work—I’ll definitely be returning for more updates. Your dedication to crafting such an excellent article is highly appreciated!

  6. EVA

    05/23/2024 at 9:35 am

    MAKING EVERY MONTH MORE THAN $22,000 BY DOING VERY SIMPLE ONLINE JOB FROM HOME.I M DOING THIS JOB IN MY PART TIME I HAVE EARNED AND RECEIVED $22,365 LAST MONTH .I AM NOW A GOOD ONLINE EARNER AND EARNS ENOUGH CASH FOR MY NEEDS. EVERY PERSON CAN GET THIS ONLINE JOB POP OVER HERE THIS SITE…..

    HERE——≻≻ http://Www.WorksProfit1.Com/

  7. Flagged as scammer

    05/23/2024 at 10:30 am

    Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

  8. eft cheats

    05/26/2024 at 4:38 pm

    Today, considering the fast chosen lifestyle that everyone is having, credit cards have a big demand throughout the economy. Persons out of every area of life are using the credit card and people who are not using the credit card have made up their minds to apply for just one. Thanks for spreading your ideas about credit cards.

  9. Deming

    05/29/2024 at 11:28 am

    ● PART TIME JOBS▬▬▬▬▬ ● My last salary was $ 3,500 for working 12 hours a week online. My sister’s friend has been averaging $ 8,0000 for several months now, and she works about 30 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was when I tried it. The potential with it is endless. That’s what I do check this site >>>…..http://www.get.cash67.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Featured 2

By: Sean Crose The two men had met before. Back in 2022, Jack Catterall and Josh Taylor met in Scotland and fought a close,...

Featured 2

By: Sean Crose Just weeks away from his scheduled July 20th fight with Jake Paul, Mike Tyson suffered a medical emergency while on a...

Featured 2

By: Sean Crose “He was very disappointed but very philosophical,” promoter Frank Warren has told Sky Sports about his fighter, former heavyweight titlist Tyson...

Featured 2

By: Sean Crose The first fight was certainly memorable. Now Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury are going to square off again. The first battle...