Honorio defends title
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
In the 12-round main event at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California, Friday night, Martin Honorio successfully defended his NABO lightweight championship belt with an impressive victory over previously-undefeated Wilton Hilario.
Honorio, fresh off a recent victory over previously undefeated John Molina, had also handed former WBO Featherweight Champion Steven Luevano his first career loss. Meanwhile, Hilario was fighting for the first time outside the Midwest and making a big step up in class in facing the WBO-ranked No. 5 lightweight in the world, Honorio.
Both fighters worked the body aggressively but it was Honorio who was able to land the more punishing shots to the head and, as a result, floored Hilario twice in the sixth round. To Hilario’s credit, he survived the round and fought bravely until the final bell and beyond as both fighters continued fighting well after the final bell. There was no love lost between either fighter.
Overall, it was a dominant unanimous decision victory for Honorio by scores of 120-106, 119-107 and 119-107, and in victory, he improved to 28-4-1 (14 KOs). Meanwhile, Hilario was handed the bitter taste of defeat for the first time and dropped to 12-1-1 (9 KOs).
Ramos destroys Santos in co-main
In Semi Main Event action, an eight-round NABO Youth super bantamweight championship bout, Rico Ramos destroyed Cecilio Santos with a devastating left hook to the liver that ended the action at 1:19 in the fourth round. It was a fairly competive fight up until that point, with Ramos controlling the fight with his speed but with Santos landing body shots and sneaky overhand right hands.
With the victory, the 22 year old Ramos successfully defends his NABO belt and improves to 15-0 (9 KOs) while the not so young 31 year old Santos drops to 24-13-3 (14 KOs) with the defeat.
Dallas makes quick work of Luque
In supporting action, a six-round welterweight bout, undefeated fleet footed Michael Dallas Jr. lived up to his nickname of Silent Assassin by making quick and efficient work of Fabian Luque, dropping him for the count at 2:58 of the first round. The lightning fast hands and quick feet of Dallas were just too much for the mesmerized Luque who could not muster up any defense.
With the victory, Dallas improves to 12-0-1 (3 KOs) while Luque drops to 21-10-4 (12 KOs).
Morales wins split decision
In other supporting action, a four-round heavyweight bout, Alvaro Morales won a split decision victory over debuting Sergey Karpenko. Had it been a bodybuilding contest, the sculpted Karpenko would have been an easy winner over over the very flabby Morales who looked more fit for a belly flop contest than a boxing match.
As the saying goes, however, that is why they play the game, and in this case that is why they fight the fight. At the end of the contest, it was Morales who landed the more accurate punches and in doing so won the fight and improved to 4-6-5 while dropping Karpenko to 0-1.
Molina destroys overmatched Medina
In opening action, an eight-round jr. welterweight bout, John Molina Jr. bludgeoned his overmatched opponent, Ricardo Medina, dropping him twice and winning by KO at 1:40 of the very first round.
Molina was coming off his first career loss to Martin Honorio and apparently his handlers were looking for easy pickings in his next fight and Medina did not fail to deliver.
With the victory, Molina improves to 19-1 (15 KOs) while Medina drops to 31-36-5 (17 KOs).
Sarnoi still undefeated
In a walkout bout, a four-round featherweight bout, undefeated Walter Sarnoi was impressive in victory over tough Jerry Mondragon. The very aggressive Mondragon made talented counterpuncher Sarnoi's job easy, as Sarnoi just sat back, picked his shots, busted up Mondrago with apparently little effort and even dropped him in the second round.
Sarnoi emerged victorious by unanimous decision and improved to 5-0 (2 KOs) while Mondragon dropped to 3-2 (2 KOs).
In the final walkout bout, also a four-round featherweight bout, undefeated Ephraim Martinez was the split decision victor over Rufino Serrano. In victory, Martinez improves to 4-0 (1 KO) while Serrano drops to 4-3.
Promoter for the event was Goosen Tutor Promotions.