The latest installment of the popular series LA FIGHT CLUB featured an action-packed battle between seasoned fighters Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-9-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico and Los Angeles resident Miguel Angel “El Anestesista” Huerta (28-13-1, 18 KOs). The 10-round super lightweight main event bout, which was broadcasted live on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV, thrilled fans and ended a stacked card in a fierce finale. Golden Boy Promotion’s rising stars Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez, Ivan “Striker” Delgado, Nick Arce, Pablo “The Shark” Rubio, Carlos “The Solution” Morales and Jesus Soto Karass were all on hand to take in a night of sensational bouts.
The Honorio vs. Huerta battle thrilled the crowd, punctuating a night featuring competitive matchups. True to the spirit of earlier bouts in the evening, Honorio and Huerta traded punches in the center of the ring from the opening bell. The two warriors fought down the stretch, bringing the crowd to their feet. The judges saw the fight 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93, awarding a unanimous decision to Martin Honorio.
“It was a fight of vengeance for me. I knew he was a powerful fighter after fighting against him in the past where I lost a split decision. This unanimous decision win was very satisfying for me,” said Honorio.
“I feel like we delivered a great fight to the people today. I proved that I am a resilient and tough fighter. I feel like a draw would have been fair and that the unanimous decision was to far from what my corner and I saw. As the people saw, I’m not injured and my body feels fine. He didn’t hurt me at all throughout the night and I’m glad that at least I could prove my heart and toughness. I want to keep on fighting and if there is a spot for me in December, I’ll be back,” said Huerta.
In the co-main event of the evening, local favorite and rising star Joet Gonzalez (12-0, 6 KOs) battled Marcos “No Money” Rios (12-1-1, 8 KOs) of San Diego in an eight-round featherweight bout. Gonzalez dominated the bout early dropping Rios with a huge right hand in the first round but Rios got up and fought on bravely. Gonzalez continued to walk Rios down and ended the bout with punishing left hooks to the body, earning a technical knockout in the fourth round.
“I have been focusing on my conditioning and felt the difference in this fight. I will probably go running again tomorrow and be back in the gym! I can’t wait to get back in the ring again,” said Gonzalez.
In the first televised bout of the evening on Boxeo Estelar on Estrella TV, Jonathan Navarro (3-0, 2 KO) of East Los Angeles took on Shaun “Buddy Hollie” Henson (2-3, 2 KOs) of Los Lunas, New Mexico in a six-round super welterweight bout. Navarro showcased his skill, landing blistering, sharp combinations to the face and body of Henson. Hard combinations to the body forced Henson to take a knee in the fourth round. Henson met the count but absorbed several more shots to the body, forcing the referee to stop the bout, awarding Navarro his third professional win via technical knockout in the fourth round.
“I am very excited about this win. I felt really prepared having sparred with fighters like Brandon Rios. I was glad I set the tone and was able to pace myself compared to my last fight,” said Navarro.
As part of The Ring TV’s live stream, rising star Hector “El Finito” Tanajara Jr. (3-0, 2 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas, made his third LA FIGHT CLUB appearance in a scheduled four-round lightweight bout against Martin Alvarado (7-8, 6 KO’s) of Durango, Mexico. Tanajara Jr. came out aggressive and landed hard, precise shots, sending Alvarado to the canvas twice. A clearly hurt Alvarado met the count but the fight was stopped by referee Lou Moret, earning Tanajara Jr. a win by technical knockout in the first round.
“I felt good about the win. I’ve been preparing with other Golden Boy fighters like Ronny Rios and feel that really helped. I’m excited to go six rounds in my next fight,” said Tanajara Jr.
Philadelphia-based super lightweight prospect Damon Allen (8-0, 3 KOs)held onto his undefeated status with a win over Pomona, Calif.’s Oscar Santana (4-3-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout on The Ring TV’s live stream. The bout picked up where the opening bout left off, giving fans a true display of skill and will. Allen and Santana traded shots in the center of the ring keeping up an exciting pace throughout the six rounds of the scheduled bout. In the end, Allen survived the thrilling battle with a unanimous decision victory with scores of 58-56, 58-56, 57-55.
“I was nervous about fighting on the west coast for the first time. This fight was tough, but no fight is perfect. I got the win and that’s all that matters to me,” said Allen.
Opening up The Ring TV’s live stream, Alan Campa (14-2, 9 KO’s) of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico battled Paul Valenzuela (9-2-1, 6 KO’s)of Santa Rosalia, Baja California, Mexico. The six-round middleweight bout set the tone for the evening as the two fighters exchanged heavy shots from the opening bell, with Valenzuela tasting the mat in the last ten seconds of the round. The tough Valenzuela showed tremendous heart and continued to battle, but was outmatched and outworked by Campa who earned a unanimous decision victory.
“I felt good about the fight and well prepared. I wanted to come into the fight strong and assert myself early so I focused a lot on body shots which paid off later in the fight,” said Campa.