Golden Boy's LA Fight Club series was back on Friday night, with Martin Honorio topping fellow veteran Miguel Angel Huerta in the 10-round junior welterweight main event, winning a 10-round decision on scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91.
Honorio (33-9-1, 16 KO) had lost three in a row coming into the fight, and this was in fact his first win since 2011. His losses in that time came to legitimate fighters -- Juan Carlos Salgado, Argenis Mendez, and Antonio Orozco -- but four years is a long time to go without a win.
The fight was actually a rematch, as Honorio and Huerta met way back in 2002, with Huerta winning a 10-round decision in Mexico City.
"It was a fight of vengeance for me. I knew he was a powerful fighter after fighting against him in the past where I lost a split decision. This unanimous decision win was very satisfying for me," said Honorio.
"I feel like we delivered a great fight to the people today. I proved that I am a resilient and tough fighter. I feel like a draw would have been fair and that the unanimous decision was to far from what my corner and I saw. As the people saw, I'm not injured and my body feels fine. He didn't hurt me at all throughout the night and I'm glad that at least I could prove my heart and toughness. I want to keep on fighting and if there is a spot for me in December, ill be back," said Huerta.
Huerta (28-14-1, 18 KO) had been out of the ring for just shy of a year following a loss to Lydell Rhodes in November 2014, and is just 2-6 in his last eight fights, which date back to 2008.
In the night's co-feature, 22-year-old super bantamweight Joet Gonzalez improved to 12-0 (6 KO) with a third round knockout of Marcos Rios (12-1-1, 8 KO). Rios went down on a big right in the first round, and was dropped twice in the third.
"I have been focusing on my conditioning and felt the difference in this fight. I will probably go running again tomorrow and be back in the gym! I can't wait to get back in the ring again," said Gonzalez.
Junior welterweight Jonathan Navarrao also stayed unbeaten, going to 3-0 (2 KO) with a fourth round knockout win over Shaun Henson (2-3, 2 KO). "I am very excited about this win. I felt really prepared having sparred with fighters like Brandon Rios. I was glad I set the tone and was able to pace myself compared to my last fight," said Navarro.