By Dave Wilcox
Photos: Ray Flores
A sold out crowd at Pechanga Resort and Casino in
Temecula, California welcomed Al Bernstein and Steve
Farhood as they were set to call the action for the
latest addition on ShoBox- The Next Generation.
In the main event, the NABO and NABF lightweight
belts would be at stake. (No, I haven’t a clue what
they are either)
The young and undefeated John Molina JR. Of Covina,
California would be up against veteran Martin
Honorio of Mexico City. Up to this point, Molina has
been hand fed opponents and this contest would prove
to be too big of a jump against the rugged Honorio.
Honorio holds victories over then undefeated and
former champion Steven Luevano and the very tough
Rogers Mtagwa, so going in, we knew Molina would
have his hands full.
Not much happened in round one, but the coin said
“tails” so I gave the opener to Molina. As it turns
out, that would be the last I would give him for
As rounds passed early on, Molina continued to chase
Honorio, but he didn’t throw enough punches. Honorio
kept banging away at Molina’s body and anytime
Molina landed a single punch, Honorio would return
fire with combinations. In the sixth round, a cut
opened on the face of Molina from an accidental head
butt. It would not be a problem for Molina as the
fight moved on. What would be a problem was his
continued inability to throw enough punches, while
the tough Mexican from Azteca Boxing Club in Bell,
California would continue his very impressive
beating of the young Molina.
In between rounds nine and ten, the trainer of
Molina, Joe Goossen gave his young fighter some very
stellar advice. “You’ve got to f***ing knock him out
As it would turn out Molina came out for round ten
and actually had his best round as he finally
pressed the action and threw punches. It seemed
obvious that Martin Honorio was comfortably ahead on
the cards and would only need to hold on and stay
away to secure his decision win. The tough Mexican
would have none of it. When it appeared that Molina
stunned him with a right hand, Honorio decided
slugging it out in the center of the ring with the
desperate youngster was a better idea and the sold
out crowd at Pechanga showed their appreciation with
a loud standing ovation as the bell sounded to end
The dapper and respected Jimmy Lennon Jr. had totals
from the judges and we had no surprises this time.
Judges Ray Corona and Pat Russell came back with a
count of 98-92, while the legendary Marty Denkin had
it scored 99-91, all in favor of Martin “El Brochas”
Martin weighed in for this bout at 133 pounds and
his record improves to 27-4-1 (14KO)
It’s back to the drawing board for the formerly
undefeated John Molina JR. As he drops to 18-1
In the co main event that was also televised on
Showtime, another undefeated prospect would step up
his level of competition. In an eight round Super
Bantamweight for something called the NABO Youth
Championship belt, undefeated Rico “Suavecito” Ramos
from Los Angeles, California would take on the very
tough Alejandro Perez from Salinas, California.
The bell for round one sounded and Ramos started
using his superior hand and foot speed to be more
active in the first round. Perez landed the harder
shots and I gave him the opener.
In round two, both guys picked up the pace and this
one was turning into a dandy. As Perez backed Ramos
into the corner and started banging the youngster’s
body, out of nowhere came a huge right hand that
crumbled Perez and with eight seconds left in the
round, he looked in bad shape. He would indeed make
the count and continue on.
As the rounds passed, Ramos seemed to take control,
but the tough Perez always had us on our toes and
the fight was always in doubt, although Ramos was
clearly winning the majority of rounds. Ramos kept
pounding the head of Perez. I wonder if Alejandro
has cement in his chin.
In the seventh and eighth rounds, Ramos really laid
a beating on Perez, but the gritting Perez continued
to try and push forward. Ramos landed a very hard
right hand at the bell of the eighth and final round
to punctuate his very impressive performance.
Judges Pat Russell and Marty Denkin scored the bout
80-71, while Ray Corona came back with his tally of
78-73. Yours truly was in fuego with Corona at
Rico Ramos improves to 14-0 (8KO) and Alejandro
Perez falls to 14-2-1 (9KO)
Rico Ramos is a guy to keep your eyes on. He shows
speed, power and smarts in the ring.
I’ll get back to you on what the hell an NABO Youth
-In a four round Welterweight affair, 2008 Olympian
Javier “El Intocable” Molina of Norwalk, California
squared off against Miguel Garcia of Zacatecas,
Mexico. This one was no contest from the opening
bell. Molina battered Garcia with hard jabs and left
hooks to the body and head until the corner
mercifully threw in the towel and Referee Lou Moret
called a halt to the bout at 2:42 of round two.
Molina improves to 3-3 (3KO) and Garcia drops to 0-2
-In an eight round Jr. Middleweight bout, Repo Rick
continued his streak of losing every single fight
that he is in the corner of. Repo Rick for those who
might not know, is a flamboyant and boisterous
trainer that seems to show up at all the cards out
here to promote himself and lose fights.
For this fight, he would lead Chad “Tazz” Greenleaf
to defeat against veteran Charles Whitiker from the
Cayman Islands. Whitaker won the first two rounds
easily and score a knockdown in round two from a
right hand. In round three, Whitaker picked up the
pace and scored two knockdowns from body shots. Repo
Rick threw in the towel and Referee Lou Moret called
a stop to the fight at 2:28 of round three.
Whitaker improves to 35-12-2 (23KO) and Chad
Greenleaf keeps going the other way with a
Repo Rick falls to 0-however many fights he has been
in the corner of.
-The circus came to town as heavyweights were in
action for a scheduled four round contest. Ernest
“Zeus” Mazyck of Los Angeles, California brought his
7' tall and 324 pound body to the ring to square off
against Ethan “Cowboy” Cox of Long Beach,
This one was, for lack of a better term, was
absolutely pathetic. Neither guy has any boxing
ability whatsoever. Poor old Zues can hardly move
and I could have sworn I had a beer with Cox at the
bar earlier in the night. Thank god it was only four
rounds. After four rounds, I had it a draw at 38-38.
I wish I could have scored it 0-0.
Judge Ray Corona had it the same at 38-38 and Marty
Denkin and Pat Russell scored it 39-37 to give a
majority decision victory to Ernest “Zeus” Mazyck.
“Zeus” improves to 7-1 (2KO) and Ethan Cox fell to
2-6-1 (1KO) and I fell asleep
-In the opening bout of the card, a four round
flyweight bout was in order. Malcom “Fast Hands”
Frankin of Rialto, California won a unanimous
decision over Ludwin Mondragon of Santa Ana,
In an interesting first round, Franklin seemed to be
dominating the action until lightning struck and a
big right hand from Mondragon also struck the chin
of Franklin and put him down in the final ten
seconds of the round. He would get and recover well.
I gave Frankin the final three rounds in route to a
unanimous decision victory All three judges scored
it the same, as did I at 38-37 for Malcom Franklin.
Franklin improves to 2-0 and Mondragon drops to 0-3
- I saw Chris Arreola ringside at Pechanga last
night. He looks trim and ready to go. I’ll keep my
fingers crossed that Chris has learned his lesson
and will take training more seriously. I want my
David Haye-Chris Arreola fight in 2010! The
Heavyweight division will be a better place with
Arreola in it and successful
-Super Middleweight Lucian Bute impressed me last
night with his four round knockout win in the
rematch against Librado Andrade in Canada last
night. Hey Showtime, better get your boy back from
HBO and put him in the Super Seven!
-Sorry MMA and Dana White, Boxing is not dead, it is
as strong as ever and getting stronger every day!
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