Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril was born July 10, 1986 in Bacau, Romania. He recognizes his two brothers as the inspiration that led him to become a fighter. Although his brothers had been fighters for quite some time, it wasn’t until 2002 that Gavril joined a local boxing gym in his hometown of Bacau.
As an amateur, Gavril learned the basics of boxing and gained substantial experience as he fought 180 times, dropping only 15 of these fights. What is more, Gavril trained with the National Team of Romania eight-to-ten months out of the year. He gleaned vital tactics and skills from this unique experience, among them, discipline and living a clean life.
To his dismay, Gavril was unable to represent his country in the Olympics. However, in 2011, he decided to turn professional and ultimately made his move to Las Vegas where he currently resides. Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe took notice of Gavril’s skills during his sparring sessions at the Mayweather Boxing Club. Their keen study of the fighter and his abilities prompted them to offer Gavril and his manager an invitation to sign with Mayweather Promotions. The ink was dry in March of 2013.
Gavril’s first victory under Mayweather Promotions came on May 4, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas where he TKO’d Roberto Yong in the third round. Ronald was back in the gym a week later preparing for what would be his next victory on July 19, 2013. After what looked like a fight that may go the distance, Ronald suddenly came alive in the fifth round and defeated Jas Phipps, winning by TKO. Before the conclusion of 2013, Gavril would tally wins over both Dave Courchaine (KO) and Shujaa El Amin (UD). A crowd-pleasing TKO of Cameron Allen on February 28, 2014 would set the stage for Gavril vs. Tyrell Hendrix on the May 3, 2014 undercard of “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana.” Gavril cemented his ninth win by way of a fourth-round TKO. Gavril followed the same blueprint for domination to seize his tenth win by TKO in the seventh round of his televised PPV super middleweight bout against Thomas Falowo on August 30, 2014 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Gavril returned to the ring on December 12, 2014 and made quick work of Jose Berrio by stopping him in the 1st round of their bout scheduled for 6 rounds. 2015 started off in disappointing fashion for Gavril as he lost the first fight of his professional career by unanimous decision to Elvin Ayala on ??. Gavril didn’t dwell on his loss instead he went right back to training in preparation for his next bout. He returned to the ring on April 30, 2015 and won a convincing 8 round unanimous decision over Oscar Riojas. On June 21, 2015 Gavril took on the battle tested veteran Jessie Nicklow who gave Gavril no trouble as Gavril cruised to a 8 round unanimous decision, improving his record to 13-1, (9 KOs). Gavril is hungry and looking forward to the opportunity to earn win number 14 of his professional career.
Presently, “The Thrill” is trained by Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Eddie has aided him in transforming his style from amateur to professional. Not only does Gavril view Eddie as a trainer, he sees him as a role model outside of the gym as well. When he does take a moment to enjoy life outside of his intense training regimen, Gavril is playing tennis and soccer, swimming laps, and even horseback riding. A brother to four siblings, he lists his family as the most inspiring force in his life. And if he was not outpointing opponent after opponent within the ring, Gavril contends he would be a Formula 1 driver.
The young fighter is honored to be a part of the now globally recognized Money Team. He is aware that the distinction carries great responsibility. Above all, he doesn’t want to let down Floyd Mayweather whom he admires for his accomplishments, work ethic, and business savvy. Like Floyd, Gavril wants to have a long, successful career, and some day hoist a world title belt above his head.