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Flores TKOs Hicks; Hanks, Thompson win

By Rocco Morales at ringside

In main event action, 22 year old undefeated heavyweight Alexander Flores (11-0, 9KO) was having his way with rugged Matt Hicks (13-8, 12KO) for the first two rounds when Hicks seemed to sprain his knee and fell to the canvas towards the end of the second round. The referee allowed Hicks some time to recover, and to his credit, Hicks did continue for the remainder of the round. Prior to the injury, the 6’4″ Flores , promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, looked impressive, was boxing well and was hitting Hicks with some quick and powerful combinations to the head and body and appeared on the way to a likely impressive knockout victory. Instead, however, after Hicks was examined in the corner, at the advice of the ringside doctor the bout was waved off prior to the beginning of the third round. By way of TKO victory at 3:00 of the second round, Flores remains undefeated.

In a special attraction and last minute addition to the card, undefeated heavyweight contender, Joe “The Future” Hanks (21-0, 14KO) outpointed Maurenzo “T-Diddy” Smith (11-4, 8KO) to win a unanimous decision by scores of 60-54 on all three judges scorecards. The slightly awkward Smith seemed to puzzle Hanks a bit but Hanks clearly won every round but was never able to seriously hurt Smith who was coming off a first round destruction at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. in his last fight less than three months ago.

In a history making third bout featuring another undefeated heavyweight, the first time a fight card has featured three undefeated heavyweights with records of at least 10-0, southpaw Vince Thompson (12-0, 2KO) outboxed a plodding Yohan Banks (5-8-3, 3KO) en route to an easy unanimous decision victory with all three judges seeing it 60-54 in favor of Thompson. Thompson was content to mostly throw pity pat punches and stay out of harms way from the usually predictable Banks, that is until Banks caught Thompson with a hard punch that momentarily stunned him. For the remainder of the bout, Thompson fought with more conviction and put more mustard on his punches to keep Banks at bay.

Other action, a four round junion lightweight bout, included a battle of namesakes as Danny “Danny Boy” Martinez (3-2-1) scalped mohawk sporting Daniel Martinez (0-1-2), TKO’ing his spiky haired opponent at 2:32 of the second round. In the first round, things did not look so good for “Danny Boy” as he was caught with a hard combination and dropped hard. “Danny Boy”, however, turned things around in the second round and willingly engaged in a slugfest that left the other Martinez taking a knee and electing not to continue.

In a scheduled four round super middleweight bout, Lawrence Letuli (1-2-1) won the first bout of his career with a TKO victory at 1:38 of the second round over Steffan Lugo (2-2, 2KO). Lugo went down hard near the end first round from a clubbing right hand and never seemed quite right after that. To open the second round, Letuli battered Lugo further who eventually went down again, got up, but then elected not to continue.

Opening bout action, a four round welterweight bout, saw Javier Albonica (7-1, 4KO) survive a first round knockdown to win a unanimous decision victory, by scores of 38-37 on all three scorecards, over John Worthy (3-5, 1KO). Albonica was the deserving victor as despite the knockdown, he easily swept the remaining three rounds over a fading Worthy.

The promoter for Fight Club OC was Roy Englebrecht Promotions and the venue was The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Fight Club OC returns on Thursday, February 14th. For ticket information, visit www.fightcluboc.com or call (949) 760-3131.

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