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Honorio outclasses Hilario on FNF

05
Mar

Martin Honorio overwhelmed an overmatched Wilton Hilario on Friday in Temecula, Calif. Photo / Craig Bennett-FightWireImages.com

Former featherweight contender Martin Honorio continued to make a name for himself in the lightweight division with a one-sided 12-round decision over Wilton Hilario in the main event of an ESPN2-televised show Friday from Temecula, Calif.

Honorio won by scores of 120-106 and 119-107 (twice). It was the Mexican veteran's second consecutive victory over an unbeaten lightweight prospect.

Honorio (28-4-1, 14 knockouts) scored a unanimous 10-round decision over John Molina (18-0 at the time) last November in the same venue where he outclassed Hilario (12-1-1, 10 KOs) on Friday.

Honorio, who dropped Hilario twice in the sixth round, controlled the early part of the fight with jabs and left uppercuts delivered while outmaneuvering the younger fighter from the outside.

Hilario, a 26-year-old native of the Dominican Republic now living in Minnesota, was game throughout the bout but lacked the jab and quick feet he needed to cut the ring off and beat the 30-year-old vet to the punch.

Hilario pressed Honorio to the ropes in the third round but found that the Mexico City native could fight as well in close as he did from a distance. The two lightweights mixed it up in the fourth and fifth rounds, but Honorio was the busier and more accurate puncher.

After scoring two knockdowns with well-timed right hands in the sixth round, Honorio completely took over the bout by alternately boxing on his toes and pressuring Hilario with body-head combinations.

Honorio is now 4-0 since suffering a first-round knockout to then-featherweight beltholder Robert Guerrero in November of 2007.

Although Honorio holds a 135-pound regional title belt, which was on the line against Hilario, both fighters weighed under the junior lightweight limit of 130 pounds for Friday's fight.

Honorio is expected to campaign at junior lightweight going forward.

A number of Dan Goossen-promoted prospects were in action on the undercard of Honorio-Hilario, which was presented by Goosen Tutor Promotions. Three of them scored quickie KOs against journeymen.

Junior featherweight standout Rico Ramos (15-0, 9 KOs) stopped Cecilio Santos (24-13-3, 14 KOs) in the fourth round with a single left to the body.

Welterweight speedster Mike Dallas Jr. (12-0-1, 3 KOs) stopped Fabian Luque (21-10-4, 12 KOs) with a double right hand at the end of the first round.

Lightweight puncher John Molina (19-1, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time since losing to Honorio, stopped Ricardo Medina (31-36-5, 17 KOs) in the first round.

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