Henry ‘Moncho’ Lebron never promised to outdo his cousin against their common opponent.
It was a smart decision, as the unbeaten featherweight prospect from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico was simply forced to settle for his latest win.
Lebrón picked up his second victory of 2020, scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Colombia’s Luis Porozo. Scores were in their Telemundo-televised chief support, though airing on Telemundo after the evening's main event Friday evening from a crowdless Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.
Scores were 79-72, 80-71 and 80-71 in favor of Lebrón
Lebrón sought to take the lead in the early going, well scouting Porozo through his first versus Lebrón’s cousin Orlando Gonzalez less than two months ago. Gonzalez managed a victory over the durable Colombian featherweight this past June in an ESPN-televised contest, though enduring several rough moments along the way.
Stylistically, it was a cleaner showing for Lebrón though not always in entertaining fashion. The Puerto Rican southpaw worked behind his jab, offering a disciplined performance against an opponent willing to do anything other than box. Porozo fought to make things as rough and ugly as possible, with time called in the opening round after a clash of heads.
Lebrón was forced to contend with a cut over his left eye from round three through the end of the bout, though not affecting his vision or his overall performance. What did affect him was the lack of engaging style offered by Porozo, who spent most of the contest posing, playing defense and fighting to frustrate Porozo in every manner other than within the rules.
It finally caught up to Porozo, who was deducted a point in round five for rabbit punching.
Both boxers were warned to keep it clean prior to the start of round six, though not a problem for Lebrón. The Boricua southpaw continued to do all of the heavy lifting for the remainder of the bout as he improves to 13-0 (9KOs). Porozo suffers his second straight defeat, falling to 15-4 (9KOs)
In undercard action briefly making the highlight reel, celebrated former amateur standout Omar Rosario picked up his first win in the pro ranks. The six-time national champion from Caguas, Puerto Rico outpointed Solon Staley (1-5-1) in their four-round welterweight bout. Scores were 40-36 across the board for Rosario, whose all-star team includes Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank and manager Tim VanNewhouse.
In non-televised action, The Bronx’s Ofacio Falcón remained unbeaten though in having to hear the scorecards for the first time in his young career. The 20-year-old DominiRican barely outpointed Cayey, Puerto Rico’s Nelson Colon over four rounds at super featherweight. Scores were 57-57 and 58-56 (twice) in favor of Falcón, who is managed by Henry Rivalta.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox