By Luis Sandoval and Ernest Gabion
Carson, California – Fans at the Home Depot Center saw very anticipated fight between junior middleweights Paul Williams (38-2, 27KOs) and Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28KOs) cut short in the fourth round when the two fighters wrestled and both fell. Williams fell to the mat and Cintron fell outside of the ring. Cintron was down and out and unable to get up. He seemed to hit his head and shoulder on the table when he fell out of the ring. Cintron was taken away on a stretcher.
Per the California rules, since three rounds of action were completed, the judges have to issue a decision by scoring the first three rounds and the fourth. Williams won a split decision. The scores were 39-37 Williams, 40-36 Cintron and 40-36 Williams.
To start things off at the venue, well known prospect Mike Dallas Jr (14-0-1, 5 KOs) made easy work of his opponent Daniel Gonzales (9-29-2, 3 KOs) by stopping him in a mere 2 rounds. Gonzalez did his best impression of a human punching bag as he hardly threw any punches while getting repeatedly tagged with hard right hands and vicious body shots. Dallas unloaded at will until the ref had no choice but to put an end to bout at 2:03 of the 2nd round.
In a 6 round Welterweight bout, undefeated Jeremiah Wiggins (8-0-1, 3KOs) and Mexico’s Juan Diaz (9-10, 6KOs) treated fight fans to an exciting bout. If one thing can be said about Wiggins is he has a very good jab which he kept pumping in Diaz’s face the entire fight. Wiggins’ hand speed was evident but it didn’t stop the game Diaz from letting his own hands go. In Round 3, it became a war as Diaz decided to unload with body shot after body shot and Wiggins was more than happy to return the favor. With a bloody nose, Diaz tried to come on but it was Wiggins whose punches were doing the most damage. By the 5th round, Wiggins was in complete control but Diaz decided to throw caution to the wind one last time and finished strong as both fighters exchanged punches until the final bell. Wiggins would get the nod with scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice.
In just his 2nd professional fight, Michael Ruiz Jr left his impression on the crowd as he delivered the first knockout of the night against Jose Pacheco (2-12-6) of Cudahay, CA. Ruiz was economical with his punches early on but when he threw, he made sure to make them count. He was accurate in his attack and it paid off as he made Pacheco hit the deck after landing with a hard straight left in the 2nd round. Pacheco would beat the count but would be on the canvas again seconds later as Ruiz connected with a strong lead right hook that put his opponent down for good as the round ended.
Stan “The Man” Martyniouk took on crowd favorite Brian Ramirez of Chihuahua, Mexico in a 6 round Super Featherweight attraction. Stan didn’t look like the man early on as it was Ramirez who started fast and dropped Stan with a left uppercut thrown from the outside near the end of the 1st round. Ramirez would continue to have a good showing in the 2nd as Stan was having trouble landing. Stan slowly but surely would work his way back into the fight landing some hard body shots and right hands upstairs. By the 4th round, Ramirez began to unravel as it was Stan who was coming forward and landing with consistency. In the end, the knockdown was not enough as Martyniouk walked away with a unanimous decision with scores of 57-56 across the board.
Honorio vs. Mendez
In the last fight before the main event, Martin Honorio took on 2004 Dominican Olympian Argenis Mendez in a 12 round USBA Jr Lightweight Championship bout. Honorio wasted no time and started his body attack from the opening bell as Mendez returned fire of his own. Honorio was the busier of the two fighters as he was throwing both downstairs and upstairs while applying pressure. Mendez however remained composed and had a nice little shell defense as most of Honorio’s body punches were landing on his elbows.
In the 3rd round Mendez ‘s hand speed began to show as he was throwing a fast left hook any time the Mexican native would try to work his way inside. The Dominican Olympian was doing a good job of mixing his punches downstairs and up while also showing some good defense. Honorio never abandoned the body work but Mendez’s defense prevented him from landing cleanly. Mendez may not have been as busy as Honorio but he was definitely the more accurate fighter and handling Honorios pressure well. At times Mendez would lay on the ropes as Honorio would try to rip him with shots and Mendez would either tie up, move out or punch his way out. He wasn’t running but using Honorio’s aggression against him as anytime Honorio would over commit, Mendez would make him pay with a counter shot.
By the 10th round, Mendez was settled in sticking jabs to Honorio and covering up well enough not to let the body attack land flush. In the championship rounds, Honorio upped the tempo as Mendez began throwing his own attack and making for some exciting exchanges. Honorio would continue to apply pressure and throwing his body attack until the very end. After the final bell however, it was Mendez who walked away with a new title and a majority decision with scores of 114-114, and 116-112 twice.