Sanchez Stops Martin In 5th
By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
Featherweight Emilio Sanchez (16-1, 11 KO’s) took on a
crafty Christopher Martin (30-11-3, 10 KO’s) in the main
event of The Golden Boy Promoted card from Downtown Los
Angles. Sanchez came in as the young hard hitting up and
comer while Martin took his usual role as gate keeper and
Throughout the fight Sanchez was throwing punches from all
directions but a slick Martin was able to dodge and parry a
good portion of the errant blows. The combination of Sanchez
volume punching and Martin’s bobbing and weaving made for
some fan friendly moments. Along the way Martin did taste
the canvas thanks to a well placed right hand.
As the fight ensued uppercuts became the order and Martin
tasted a mouthful. By round 5 an angry mouse developed on
Martins right eye due to the constant barrage of punches.
That would become his undoing as the ref had no choice but
to stop the fight after the fifth round.
After the fight Sanchez said, “I felt fast and strong. This
was my first fight after moving up to 126 pounds, and I felt
stronger. I was working on landing my uppercuts and shots to
the body. I have to talk to my manager Frank Espinoza and
with Golden Boy Promotions, but I want to return as soon as
Lightweights Hector Tanajara (15-0, 5 KO’s) and Emmanuel
Morales (7-3, 4 KO’s) battled over eight rounds in a one
sided affair that went the way of Tanajara when final scores
of 80-72 were handed out by all three judges.
This bout was never in question from the first round on as
Tanajara displayed great ring generalship throughout the
fight. Morales proved to be a tough warrior as he hung in
there to the bitter end.
“I feel I did better than in my past performance,” said
Hector Tanajara Jr. “He was really taking all of my punches.
He [Morales] was a really tough opponent. I need to work on
not letting people hold me on the inside, but I’m overall
happy with the fight.”
Super lightweight Raymond Muratalla (5-0, 3 KO’s) dropped
Guillaume Lorenzo (2-2) in round three on his way to an
impressive unanimous decision over four rounds. The French
fighter Lorenzo was a game fighter who proved to give
Muratalla some good work in this one.
But Muratalla showed some real promise in the victory with
his hand speed and punching power. Judges were all in
agreement in the scores that read 40-35.
“It was good, and I had fun,” said Raymond Muratalla. “He
had a good chin, so it was hard to get him out. I need to be
more offensive. I hope I can fight again before the year
Super featherweight Oscar Acevedo (4-0) defeated Gerardo
Molina (2-5, 1 KO) by unanimous decision in an entertaining
4 round battle. For Acevedo the victory may not taste as
sweet as it should.
Coming into the fight Molina had been KO’d in all his losses
but was able to stay on his feet to the end of this bout.
For Molina it’s a bit of a moral victory. For Acevedo the
40-36 scores across the board put another notch on his belt
but questions about his punching power loom.
Acevedo said of his night, “This was a good learning
experience. I felt I needed to throw more punches, but he
was a tough opponent so I’m OK with my performance. I can’t
wait to come back.”
Lightweight Recky Dulay (11-4, 10 KO’s) chopped away at Juan
Sandoval (7-23-1, 4 KO’s) over the first four rounds and
then let a right handed axe drop Sandoval at the 35 second
mark of round five.
TIMBER!! Dulay dropped Sandoval like a chopped down redwood
whose slow decent to the canvas spelled his demise after a
On his victory Dulay said, “It was a matter of time. I’m
used to 10-round fights now. The key was throwing a lot of
combinations. I’m happy with my win.”