By Rocco Morales at ringside
IBF #8 lightweight Martin Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs) continued his rise in the lightweight division with a twelve round unanimous decision over Wilton Hilario (12-1-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. Honorio, who has previously handed Steven Luevano and John Molina their first career losses, floored previously unbeaten Hilario twice in round six and dominated the fight, winning 120-106, 119-107, 119-107. Honorio retained his NABO lightweight belt.
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Unbeaten welterweight Michael Dallas Jr. (12-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Fabian Luque (21-10-4, 12 KOs). The bout was stopped after Luque was dropped with a right uppercut. Time 2:58.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Rico Ramos (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over three-time former world title challenger Cecilio “Boga” Santos (24-13-3, 14 KOs). A left hook to the body finished Santos st 1:19. The 22-year-old Ramos is the NABO Youth titlist.
In the second fight of the evening, in a minor upset, Alvaro Morales improved to 4-6-5 by way of split decision victory over debuting Sergei Karpenko. The very flabby Morales proved more accurate with his punches than the chiseled Russian fighter, Karpenko.
In opening action, Lightweight John Molina Jr. overwhelmed his overmatched opponent, Ricardo Medina, dropping him twice and won by KO at 1:40 of the first round.