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It was fight night once again in Southern California as Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions brought Fight Club OC to The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA.

In the main event of the evening, super bantamweight Christopher Martin defeated Charles Huerta by unanimous decision to run his unblemished record to 22-0-2. Huerta (16-3) won a jabbing contest in the first though neither fighter landed much of anything. Martin circled to his left in an effort to stay out of range. In the second Martin stood his ground and caught some leather for his troubles.

Huerta backed Martin around the ring with a stiff jab in the third and again in the fourth. Martin couldnít avoid the jab despite near constant movement. Martinís best punch was an uppercut when Huerta ventured in too close. Martin outworked Huerta over the first half of the fifth but gave way late in a very close round. In the sixth, Huerta mixed in a number of hooks with his lead hand to dominate the round.

Martin was able to land a few hooks of his own but was on his heels for most of the round. Martin had his best round of the fight in the seventh. Huerta followed Martin around the ring and ran into hooks and right hands. Both fighters had their moments in tight eighth and ninth rounds.

Huerta closed the show in the tenth by taking the fight to Martin. Referee Jose Cobian scored the fight 99-91 and judges Tom Taylor and Eddie Hernandez both had it 96-94. Pound4Pound saw a different fight and scored the bout 97-93 for Huerta.

Ronnie Rios earned an eight round unanimous decision victory over fellow junior lightweight Georgi Kevlishvili. Rios (14-0) pumped a steady jab in the opening round of the fight. He paired the jab with an occasional right hand in the second. A fight broke out in the third when both fighters threw punches in combination. A Rios right staggered Kevlishvili late in the round. Rios went back to work when the bell sounded to start the fourth.

Rios painted Kevlishvili with both hands until a cut along the left eyelid slowed him. Inspired by the blood, Kevlishvili started the fifth strong. Kevlishvili (12-2) stalked Rios and raked him with right hands. Rios stood his ground late and made the round close. Rios rebounded in the sixth by taking the fight to Kevlishvili. Rios worked up and down in a round he dominated from bell to bell.

Emboldened by his success, Rios left himself vulnerable when he failed to work behind the jab in the seventh. Kevlishvili timed Rios with a stiff jab throughout the round. The fight turned once again in the eighth when Rios backed Kevlishvili around with ring with heavy hooks to the body. The final scorecards tallied 78-74, 77-75 & 77-75.

Manuel Avila pitched a near shut-out over four super bantamweight rounds in defeating Jesse Padilla by scores of 39-37 and 40-36 twice. Avila (3-0) walked through Padilla, a southpaw from Puerto Rico, with a steady diet of right hands.

Costa Mesaís own Bobby Chavez bested Juan Luna in an entertaining four round junior middleweight contest. After controlling the first minute of the fight, Luna (0-2) hit the deck twice in a wild first. From then on the fight belonged to the heavy hands of Bobby Chavez (2-2). All three judges scored the bout 40-34.

Middleweight DonYil Livingston improved to four wins without a loss by blanking journeyman Loren Myers over six rounds. A big right hand followed by a short left jab put Myers down in the opener a fraction before the 10 second bell. After losing a point in the second for a low blow, Myers toughed his way back into the third. Still, Livingston won the round by landing clean, hard punches. Myers (7-12-1) can take a punch, and did repeatedly throughout the contest. Livingston (4-0) simply had too much hand speed and athleticism for Myers to deal with.

In the opener, Joel Diaz Jr. stopped Kendall Ward in the first round of their junior lightweight bout to run his professional record to four wins without a loss. Diaz (4-0) pounded Ward with both hands before dropping him with a clubbing right hand near the two minute mark. Referee Ray Corona called a halt to the bout at 2: 11 of the round when he determined Ward (0-3) was unable to defend himself.


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