A local boxer is set to make a return to the ring. Chico's own Ava Knight, a former multi-world champion will fight in Las Vegas next month. Action News Now reporter Ross Field spoke with Knight and bring us this story.
It's been nearly two years since Knight's last fight. The 29-year-old says she took some time off to train other fighters, like celebrity Joe Jonas, and to travel. But now she's back in the gym in Vegas where's she living, working on her own craft and preparing for a big return.
Chico local Ava Knight will climb through the ropes once again next month.
"I'm super excited! I know I've been off traveling the world and kind of letting my boxing go, but in my heart I always wanted to keep it going, at least for a little while longer, and I'm just super excited to be back," said Knight.
The five-time world champion recently signed with Mayweather Promotions.
She'll be making her Mayweather promo debut on the February 17th card that will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort in Las Vegas.
Knight says the fight will be against an opponent yet to be determined.
"I have a team working on it right now and obviously we're not going for a title shot quite yet, I still got to get my feet warm and get back in the ring, but we're just looking for something not at the world champion level yet," said Knight.
But, Knight fully expects to find an opponent.
She says it will be a special bout for her because it's in the United State, unlike most of her previous fights which were in Mexico.
"Most of the champions that had belts at that time were all in Mexico and they actually still are, but I think now the market is opening up with women's MMA being big and now females getting into boxing and finally being on TV," said Knight.
Knight says she's been told the fight will air on Showtime.
And in the meantime, she's busy training at the Mayweather Gym and she says she has a good relationship with her promoter.
He's (Floyd) a very nice person, you know if I see him I say 'hi,' he says 'hi,' we know who we are, he's actually very involved in the community and helps out fighters," Knight said. "The training is always hard and tiring, but it's worth it. I know what it's going to be like at the end of the road so I'm excited to do it, every day I get up and just work harder and harder."
Knight comes in with a career record of 14-2-4.
But, she says the motivation for this fight is more than adding another win to her record, she says she wants to get the future generation of girls excited about the sport.
"I know right now for women's boxing, it's still the same as when I started or when I left. There's just not a whole lot going on and not a whole lot for young girls to look up to so I still want to be be a great example for this and be something people can strive for and also just to make it and become a champion again and be in the ring and just to be the best female there is," said Knight.
Welcome back Ava Knight!