By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight prospect Damon Allen continues to learn and win at the same time. Thursday night was no different.
Allen outboxed former contender and current gatekeeper Martin Honorio over eight rounds at the Quai Catherine-Legardeur in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada, a suburb of Montreal.
Allen (14-0-1, 5 knockouts) was sharp during most of the fight, outboxing Honorio from the outside, and beating Honorio to the punch. Honorio attempted to load up with one punch to counter Allen as the bout progressed, but the Philadelphia fighter scored repeatedly with two or three-punch combinations.
Scores were 79-73, 79-73, and 80-72 for Allen, who has won his last four bouts since his draw with Luis Arceo on Oct. 7 of last year.
Honorio (33-12-1, 16 KOs), who resides in Mexico City, has lost six of his last seven fights.
Junior welterweight Jesus Perez won a hard-fought eight round majority decision over David Theroux, who was fighting in his hometown.
Perez (21-0, 16 knockouts), who is from Tijuana, Mexico, has faced mediocre competition thus far, only beating one fighter with a winning record before Thursday night.
Some rounds were close and difficult to score, but Perez higher punch output and aggression seemed to win over two of the judges at ringside.
One judge scored the bout 76-76, while the other two judges scored the bout 78-74 in favor of Perez.
Theroux (13-3, 9 KOs) has split his last four bouts.
Lightweight prospect Ablaikhan Khussainov, who is originally from Kazakhstan and now resides in the Montreal area, won a six round majority decision over Jesus Silveira (8-5-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico.
One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Khussainov, who improves to 7-0, 5 KOs.
Former amateur standout and cruiserweight prospect Artur Ziyatdinov (3-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Mauro Romero (3-3, 3 KOs) at the end of the first round.
Antonin Decarie promoted the card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing