Martin Honorio was signed by a Goossen Tutor Promotions as an opponent for their previously unbeaten lightweight prospect John Molina. First fight under Goossen Tutor banner at Tachi Palace and Casino in Lemoore, California last October thirty year old Honorio almost messed up the whole plan; Martin was penalized twice and on the verge of disqualification in route to a fifth round stoppage of an awkward Ricardo Medina. A month later Mexican veteran was back in the ring, presumably just an opponent for a hot rising lightweight prospect John Molina. An once again he forgot to follow the script; using his experience Honorio completely out boxed and out fought much younger , bigger and stronger adversary. That is why they call boxing the theater of the unexpected; things change rather quickly.
This Friday Honorio is headlining an ESP televised boxing card at Pechanga Resort and Casino fighting undefeated and untested Wilton Hilario while his last challenge, John Molina is on the same card with no definite opponent as of today. What a difference one fight makes?
“I feel very happy to be back at Pechanga Resort & Casino,” said Honorio who won a vacant WBO and NABO lightweight titles beating Molina:” I feel very content with Goossen Tutor Promotions and appreciative that they brought me back to a place where I won my title. The meaning behind it is much more than any other location. I won my last title there so I feel all that much more comfortable there, almost as if I’m home. “The victory couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. It was the end of the year and we celebrated it through the end of the year and New Year with family, friends, my wife, and my kids. We celebrated while mixing it up with work through New Years and now I’m just focused on getting my next victory and working on improving that craftsmanship I displayed in the ring last fight into 2010.”
Despite winning title, Honorio moved down to a super featherweight division for his next bout, perhaps realizing that he was not the stronger man in the ring the last time out. He plans to make an impression against Hilario in route to another title challenge.
“My training has gone very well as planned, “said Honorio:” Basically, my training is over. I’m just keeping myself geared up and ready to go. The final details are what I am focusing on right now, along with my weight. I do know that I am going against an undefeated fighter who wants to beat me. I am aware of that and am ready to handle him.Getting a victory would solidify me among the top 2 or 3 contenders in the world and, hopefully, that would give me the opportunity for a world title challenge which will be rightfully mine.”
Other fighters to watch on Friday night are exciting, undefeated super bantamweight prospect Rico Ramos and Bakersfield’s unbeaten welterweight Mike Dallas Jr. who was one of the sparring partners of Manny Pacquiao in preparation for Joshua Clottey upcoming bout. Also, don’t miss a professional debut of yet another Russian heavyweight Sergey Karpenko who is rumored to have dynamite in both hands.