By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Veteran lightweight Martin Honorio (27-4-1, 14 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten undefeated knockout artist John Molina, Jr. (18-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Honorio used ring movement and steady punching to compile a 99-91, 98-92, 98-92 victory. With the win, Honorio claimed the NABF and NABO belts.
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In an all-action fight, super bantamweight Rico Ramos (15-0, 8 KOs) kept his perfect record intact with a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Alejandro Perez (14-2-1, 9 KO). Ramos dropped Perez moments before the end of round two, but it was a war for the full eight rounds. Scores were 78-73, 80-71, 80-71.
2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina remained unbeaten with a second round stoppage victory over Miguel Garcia (0-2) in a scheduled four round bout. Molina (3-0, 3 KO’s) was the aggressor throughout the bout, landing the harder punches that drew blood from the nose of Garcia in the first round. The tough Garcia fought back, but could not match Molina’s firepower. To prevent their fighter from receiving further punishment, Garcia’s corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the fight at 2:42 of the round.
Welterweight Charles Whitaker (35-12-2, 23 KOs) stopped Chad Greenleaf in the third round of a scheduled eight round fight. Whitaker, who was recently signed by Goossen Tutor Promotions, dropped Greenleaf (11-14-1, 5 KOs) with a right hand in the second round. He dropped Greenleaf twice in the third round, the final time with an accumulation of punches to the head. After the second knockdown, Greenleaf’s cornerman stood on the canvas and asked for the bout to be stopped, which referee Dr. James Jen-Kin did at 2:28.
Heavyweight Ernest Mazyck (7-1, 2 KOs) won a sloppy four round majority decision over Ethan Cox, who was outweighed by 85 pounds. Very few punches landed for both men as they spent the duration of the fight missing with wild punches or clenching. Cox went on the offensive in the final round, winning over the fight fans in attendance by going after the much bigger Mazyck. One judge scored the bout even at 38-38, but was overruled by the remaining judges, as they had it 39-37 for Mazyck.
Flyweight Malcolm Franklin (2-0) survived a first round knockdown to win a four round unanimous decision over Ludwin Mondragon (0-3). All three judges scored the bout 38-37 in favor of Franklin.