Honorio schools Molina
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
In the eyes of John Molina, he was battling two opponents Saturday night. Unfortunately for him, both of them did him in, hindering his path momentarily towards a big money or title fight.
Molina claimed that the flu was the culprit for his performance against rugged Martin Honorio. However, Honorio would beg to differ as he boxed an almost-flawless fight against an unbeaten fighter.
Honorio won a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over Molina before a sold-out crowd of over 1,800 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The bout headlined a six-bout “ShoBox: The New Generation” card, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
Molina was coming off of a first round destruction of durable fringe contender Efren Hinojosa two months ago. He had stopped his previous five opponents in a row and was hoping to make a statement against Honorio.
However, Molina was beaten often to the punch by Honorio, whose reputation has been that of a brawler or fighting on the inside. Surprisingly, he boxed from the outside, moving in and out Molina’s defense, landing right hands to the head.
Honorio, who fought just last month, stopping Ricardo Medina in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-round bout, continued to outbox and outland his younger opponent, even working the body as well.
“We had a special plan for Molina tonight,” sad Honorio, who had won seven of his last eight bouts before the Molina fight on Saturday night. His lone defeat amongst his last nine bouts was a first round stoppage defeat at the hands of Robert Guerrero.
Although Molina pressed the action, Honorio’s awkward style was able to allow him to beat Molina to the punch. Molina did score with right hands that began to mark up Honorio’s face midway through the fight.
However, Honorio began to land more right hands to the head of Molina’s head. Molina did his best to land as Honorio came in, but was not able to connect with anything solid in the middle rounds.
Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Molina came on in the final two rounds of the fight. Honorio began to slow down and his punch output dropped. Molina did seem to wobble Honorio with a hard left hook to the head in the tenth round. However, it was too late as Honorio was able to withstand Molina’s assault until the final bell sounded.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Honorio, with scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91. Fightnews.com scored the bout 96-94 in favor of Honorio.
Honorio was ecstatic for the opportunity and making the most of it as he was the decided underdog fighting in front of a mostly pro-Molina crowd.
“I am very happy with the victory and to be one of the top ten fighters in the world,” said Molina, as he won two regional titles with the victory. “It took me a few rounds to get going. I am grateful that Goossen Tutor gave me this opportunity.”
Molina pointed out that he was sick with the flu on Friday and felt worse the day of the fight. Molina stated that he was asleep up until about 5 p.m. local time on the day of the fight.
“I couldn’t pull the trigger tonight and I couldn’t do what I wanted,” said Molina, who fights under the Goossen Tutor banner. “I didn’t want to pull out of the fight because of the responsibility I had as a fighter. The fact is I have no excuse that I lost to Honorio tonight.”
Joe Goossen felt that the fight might have been different if Molina was 100% and was not affected by the flu.
“My guy had the flu and was sick. It was obvious. Couldn’t you tell? He had a sore throat and he was sneezing and he was full-out sick.”
Honorio, from Mexico City, DF, Mexico, improves to 27-4-1, 14 KOs. Molina, from Covina, CA, falls to 18-1, 14 KOs.
Ramos bests Perez.
Super bantamweight Rico Ramos won an eight-round unanimous decision over Alejandro Perez.
After Perez landed the more effective punches in the opening round, Ramos began to assert himself with his strong work on the inside and effective counter punching from the outside.
Ramos was able to score a knockdown at the end of the second round with a hard counter right hand to the head. Perez was able to get up, but was saved by the bell to end the round.
Perez would do his best work trapping Ramos in a corner and attempting to work the body. However, Ramos was too quick and easily countered to the head and body of Perez.
Ramos at times hurt Perez in the inal two rounds, landing hard right crosses that momentarily stunned Perez. To his credit, Perez was able to stay on his feet against Ramos, who turned in a near-flawless performance in his first real test and in his first eight round bout.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Ramos, with scores of 80-71, 80-71, and 78-73. Fightnews.com scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Ramos.
“I expected to win every round, but not to drop him,” said Ramos, who won a youth regional title with the victory. “I expected him to come out strong, but I did very well in there tonight.”
Ramos, from Pico Rivera, CA, improves to 14-0, 8 KOs. Perez, from Salinas, CA by way of Michoacán, Mexico, falls to 14-2-1, 9 KOs.
Whitaker stops Greenleaf.
Welterweight Charles Whitaker stopped Chad Greenleaf in the third round of a scheduled eight-round bout.
Whitaker, who has been fighting professionally since 1993, was recently signed by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Prior to his fight against Greenleaf, he had won ten bouts in a row, mostly against mediocre to modest competition. Greenleaf had lost seven of nine fights prior to stepping in the ring against Whitaker.
It was a competitive opening round as the taller Whitaker attempted to break down the southpaw Greenleaf. Whitaker began to assert himself and break down Greenleaf. He dropped Greenleaf in the second round with a right hand to the head. Greenleaf was able to survive, but the ending was imminent.
Whitaker was able to drop Greenleaf with a left hook to the body in the third round. Greenleaf barely made the count, but was in survival mode as Whitaker went on the attack. An accumulation of punches dropped Greenleaf a second time in the round. Although Greenleaf was able to get up, his corner told a commission member to stop the fight, which referee Dr. James Jen Kin did at 2;28 of the third round.
Whitaker, from George Town, Cayman Island, improves to 35-12-2, 22 KOs. Greenleaf, from Wheeling, WV, falls to 11-14-1, 5 KOs.
Molina stops Garcia.
2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina punished tough Miguel Garcia, earning a second round stoppage victory in a scheduled four round bout.
Molina was the aggressor and landed the more effective punches in the bout. Molina was able to score with right hands behind a jab. By the end of the first round, Garcia was bleeding profusely from the nose, but was able to fight back.
Garcia was overwhelmed at times by Molina’s offense. Garcia was only able to land one punch for every three or four that Molina would land.
Garcia kept retreating against the ropes as Molina kept moving forward, hoping to find more hard shots to the head. Sensing their fighter was receiving too much punishment, Garcia’s corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to step in and stop the bout at 2:42.
“I went out there with a relaxed mindset,” said Molina, who is also promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. “I should have gone more to the body, but we stayed with the jab because it was working. Just because I have not fought in seven months has not affected me. I’ve always been in the gym, working hard.”
Molina, from Commerce, CA, improves to 3-0, 3 KOs. Garcia, from Zacatecas, Mexico, drops to 0-2.
Mazyck sloppy in victory over Cox.
Heavyweight Ernest Mazyck won a sloppy four-round majority decision over Ethan Cox.
Mazcyk had an 85 pound weight advantage over Cox, who was dwarfed by the seven-foot Mazcyk. Although Mazcyk had physical advantages in strength, he was not able to hurt a fighter in Cox who had been stopped in his last three bouts. Both fighters tied up after missing with wild punches throughout the four round fight. Mazcyk was able to land more in the second and third rounds.
Mazcyk was visibly tired in the final round, prompting Cox to move in and land wild left hands to the head. Cox pressed the action and was able to get on the inside of Mazcyk, who was quick to tie up and not allow Cox to land.
One judge scored the bout even at 38-38, but was overruled by the other judges, who scored the bout 39-37 for Mazcyk. Fightnews.com scored the bout 38-38.
Mazcyk, from Los Angeles, CA, goes to 7-1, 2 KOs. Cox from Long Beach, CA, drops to 2-6-1, 1 KO.
Franklin decisions Mondragon.
Flyweight Malcolm Franklin survived a first round knockdown to win a four round unanimous decision over Ludwin Mondragon.
Near the end of the first round, Mondragon dropped Franklin with a counter right to the head. Franklin was not visibly hurt from the knockdown, as he stood up at four.
Franklin controlled most of the action throughout the fight. He was quicker and boxed effectively by countering Mondragon’s punches, landing right hands to the head.
All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 38-37 in favor of Franklin.
Franklin, from Rialto, CA, improves to 2-0. Mondragon, from Santa Ana, CA, drops to 0-3.
- Flyweight champion Giovanni Andrade, Heavyweight contenders James Toney and Chris Arreola, Super Middleweight contender Edison Miranda, and former world champion Michael Bennett took in the action from ringside.
- Ring announcer was Jimmy Lennon, Jr.