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On the one-year anniversary of Golden Boy Promotions’ LA Fight Club, Micheal Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory against Martin Honorio (33-10-1, 16 KOs) after an accidental headbutt forced the fight to be stopped at the end of Round 6.
The scheduled 10-round Super Lightweight fight headlined a night of action at the Belasco Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles that was televised on Estrella TV in the U.S.
Perez, of Newark, New Jersey, boxed early in the fight, but he had trouble as Honorio pushed forward with overhand rights.
In Round 3, as the fight picked up, Honorio, of Mexico, suffered a bad cut on the left side of his head that immediately started bleeding profusely.
Nevertheless, the fight went on as both fighters landed hard shots with Perez getting the better in most of the exchanges.
“In the fight, we both were hurt badly. When I went back to my corner after the 6th round, I could no longer see and this is when we decided to end the fight,” said Perez.
“I wasn’t at all concerned about the judge’s scorecards because I knew I was ahead in every round,” said Perez, who won with three scores of 69-52.
The scorecards, however, do not demonstrate how tough the fight was for both fighters, and in the end Honorio disagreed with the decision.
“I don’t agree with the judges decision. I felt we were keeping up and were equal in intensity,” said Honorio.
In the night’s co-main event, Super Featherweight prospect Christian Gonzalez made quick work of Oxnard, California’s David Rodella, knocking him out with an overhand right in Round 1.
“I think the crowds always come out to support me because I always have a smile on my face. I do this for fun, and it’s amazing how my career has just taken off,” said Gonzalez.
“I am excited for 2016 and building on my record and hopefully by the end of the year we will hit 10 rounds,” said Gonzalez, who fights out of Los Angeles, California.
“The way this fight ended just makes me realize this will be my last fight,” said Rodela.
“Chimpa is a great fighter, and I wish him nothing but the best in his career. I love boxing, and I can’t wait to continue to mentor up-and-coming boxers.”
Gonzalez has been knocking fighters out left and right, and it will be very interesting to see him rise in the rankings in the coming years.
In tonight’s co-main event, Oscar Negrete (13-0, 5 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision victory against Neftali Campos (11-0, 9 KOs) in a Super Bantamweight fight.
Negrete, a Colombian-born fighter who fights out of Los Angeles, California, didn’t have much trouble with Campos’ awkward style, and managed to land short, quick combinations throughout the fight.
“I’m glad I got to keep up my record. I went for the knockout, but I’ll take the win,” said Negrete, who hopes to fight for a title in 2016.
Negrete won with three scores of 80-72.