By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
The self-proclaimed “most feared fighter in the world,” three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) won an unsatisfying split technical decision over former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The much taller Williams fought from the outside while Cintron didn’t apply much pressure, content to pick his shots. In round four, the fighters got tangled up and Cintron fell through the ropes and out of the ring sustaining an apparent injury to his neck or right shoulder. He was taken from ringside on a stretcher. The judges scored the prematurely terminated bout 39-37, 40-36 Williams, 40-46 Cintron.
In the co-main event, a 12 round USBA jr. lightweight championship bout, Martin Honorio outhustled 2004 Dominican Olympian, Argenis Mendez, only to lose a majority decision. While Mendez had his moments, Honorio did all he could to press the action and was the far busier fighter. Neither fighter was hurt in the bout but the judges seemed to favor the counterpunching of Mendez over the superior punch output of Honorio. By scores of 116-112 (twice) and 114-114, Mendez wins the USBA jr. lightweight championship and improves to 16-1, 9 KOs, while the unlucky Honorio drops to 28-5-1, 14 KOs.
Lightweight Stan Martyniouk remained unbeaten, winning a razor-thin six round split-decision over Brian Ramirez. Martyniouk was dropped near the end of the first round with a left uppercut to the head by Ramirez (5-3, 3 KOs). That seemed to wake up Martyniouk as he pressed the action, outworking Ramirez over the next three rounds. Ramirez was busier in the fifth round, but Martyniouk (9-0, 1 KO) came on in the final round. One judge scored the bout 57-56 in favor of Ramirez, but was overruled by the other two judges, as they both gave Martyniouk the nod with scores of 57-56.
Bantamweight Michael Ruiz (2-0, 1 KO) knocked out Jose Pacheco in the second round of a scheduled four round bout. The southpaw Ruiz was too quick for Pacheco, landing left hand leads to the head and body. In the second, Ruiz dropped Pacheco (2-13-6 KOs) with a right-left combination to the head. Pacheco stood up, but was dropped with a beautiful right hook to the head, prompting referee David Denkin to immediately stop the bout at 1:37.
A 6 round super welterweight fight, Jeremiah Wiggins and his opponent, Juan Diaz, slugged it out for all rounds. Diaz was valiant in his effort but it was Wiggins who landed the cleaner and harder shots, bloodying Diaz with his stiff jab and hurting him with hard hooks to the body. By way of unanimous decision, Wiggins improves to 8-0-1, 3 KOs, while the game Diaz drops to 9-10, 6 KOs.
In opening action, welterweight, Mike Dallas Jr. used his superior handspeed and footwork to pick apart his overmatched opponent, Daniel Gonzales. At 2:03 of the second round, the referee called a halt to the action to save Gonzales from unnecessary punishment. With the victory, Dallas improves to 14-0-1, 5 KOs, while Gonzales drops to a hapless 9-29-2, 3 KOs.