Tony Ayala, Jr. Professional Boxer

Antonio Ayala Jr. (born February 13, 1963) is a former Mexican-American boxer in the Light Middleweight division. He began his professional career in 1980, and by 1982 he had compiled a record of 22 wins and no losses, with 19 knockouts. Ayala has two brothers who were boxers, Mike Ayala and Sammy Ayala. Ayala was born in San Antonio, Texas. Tony is the brother of former boxers Mike Ayala, Sammy Ayala and the son of trainer Tony Ayala, Sr. On one occasion, he spit on his opponent after knocking him to the ground. He also admitted to using heroin before a fight on three occasions (his brother Mike Ayala also made allegations of using drugs before his world title fight against Danny Lopez). In the summer of 1981, teenager Ayala was featured in a cover story of Sports Illustrated as a rising star in boxing. Veteran boxing writer Michael Katz claimed he was the best young fighter he had ever seen, Muhammad Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee said he thought Ayala could have been one of boxing's greatest fighters. On September 16, 1981, he fought on the undercard of the legendary fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns.

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Date of birth
February 13th, 1963
United States of America


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