With a performance that resulted in a big win against previously undefeated hot prospect John Molina, Jr. back in November, NABF and WBO NABO Lightweight Champion Martin “El Brochas” Honorio showed the sellout crowd at Pechanga Casino & Resort and a worldwide audience on SHOWTIME a portrait of the boxer that he is and one determined to improve. On tonight’s main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” the 30-year old Mexican buzz saw will be back at Pechanga focused on another unbeaten fighter in Wilton Hilario (12-0-1, 9KOs). This time, with a win, he will stake a claim to a place among the top five fighters in the lightweight division.
“To me the focus of this next fight is not about being among the elite contenders. The focus of my fight tonight is to come out victorious against Hilario,” insists Honorio (27-4-1, 14 KOs). “Maybe after March 5th, after a win, that’s when I’ll sit there and think about whether I can be one of the top contenders in the world.”
The 12-year pro has won his last three fights while moving up to a more comfortable weight since his defeat at featherweight to then-IBF Champion Robert Guerrero. He earned that title shot by stringing five straight wins together, which included decisions over eventual WBO Featherweight titleholder Steven Luevano and Rogers Mtagwa.
Since moving up from featherweight, Honorio won the vacant IBA Super Featherweight Title with a fifth-round stoppage of Frankie Archuleta, followed by another in his debut at lightweight against Ricardo Medina, before a big decision victory over Molina his last time out.
Honorio strongly believes that a win tonight over another undefeated pro in Hilario will propel him into a top-five ranking.
“Tonight’s fight, with a victory, will confirm that I belong in that category,” Honorio said.
His promoter, Dan Goossen, shares Honorio’s opinion and is working hard to help him get there.
“Martin demonstrated his tremendous boxing skills against a young man in John Molina, Jr., whom we feel still has world championship potential,” Goossen pointed out. “By putting Martin in an ESPN main event against another unbeaten prospect in Wilton Hilario, it gives him another opportunity for a world championship fight.”
Tickets priced at $70 Premium Ringside (Rows 1-3), $60 (Ringside Rows 4-7), $45 (VIP rows 8-11) and $30 General Admission (Rows 12 and beyond) are available at the Pechanga Box Office from 10am to 10pm or by calling 1-877-2WIN and press 2. Doors open at 5:00 PM. First Bout is at 6:00 PM. Televised portion of the event begins at 7:00 PM (PT).