Boxing Report and Photos: Martin Honorio Drops Wilton Hilario Twice en Route to Winning a War Photos and Article by German Villasenor (March 6, 2010)
In a barnburner, Martin ''El Brochas'' Honorio, 28-4-1 (14), needed all of his skill set to defeat previously-undefeated Wilton Hilario, 12-1-1 (9), on the ESPN2-televised “Friday Night Fights” main event at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula CA.
Honorio seemed on his way to a repeat of his previous bout, a busy-bee display of punching from all angles in a one-sided decision win against John Molina. This time around, Honorio
looked as if he would end the fight early, dropping Hilario twice in the sixth round. Dazed and badly hurt, a courageous Hilario made it through the disastrous round, staging a comeback in the next two rounds.
Hilario, limited in his attack, but dangerous throughout the bout (mainly overhand rights and haymakers), would be countered by Honorio at nearly every turn, entering the championship rounds.
Remaining focused after a punch caused a cut over his right eye at the end of the tenth round, Honorio countered well, surviving a final assault by Hilario, with the fight going past the bell signaling round’s end, at which point, referee James Jen-Kin would break up the action.
Scores were 120-106 and 119-107 (twice) for Honorio who successfully defended his NABO lightweight title with the win.
Ramos downs Santos with a body shot
On the co-featured bout, super bantamweight Rico Ramos, 15-0 (9), defended his NABO youth title by stopping the game Cecilio Santos in four.
Santos, 24-13-3 (14), a tough battler hailing from Mexico City, made it a fight from the start, drawing Ramos into a head-hunting battle early on, eventually turning into a body shot attack by both men.
Ramos' sharper and stronger shots would net him the victory in the fourth round, as a vicious body shot sent Santos into a delayed reaction to the ground, failing to beat the count at 1:19 of the round.
Molina Stops Medina in One
Lightweight John Molina Jr., 19-1 (15), made a successful comeback since losing via decision in his last start, dropping trial horse Ricardo Medina, 31-36-5 (17), twice in the first round, with referee David Mendoza calling it off at 1:40 of the round.
In an upset of sorts, heavyweight Sergey Karpenko, 0-1, toyed with a point taken off in his pro debut for rough tactics against a surprisingly light-on-his-feet Mexican Alvaro Morales, 4-6-5, en route to losing a split decision.
Welterweight Michael Dallas Jr. moved his record to 12-0-1 (3) by halting Fabian Luque, 21-10-4 (12), with two right hands to the head at 2:58 of the first round.
Featherweight Walter ''Schoolboy'' Sarnoi, 5-0 (2), defeated Jerry Mondragon, 3-2 (2), via decision at the end of four.
In the final bout of the night, featherweight Ephraim Martinez, 4-0 (1), defeated Rufino Serrano, 4-3, via split decision at the end of four.