Southern California based prospects Ronny Rios and Carlos Molina stayed undefeated on Thursday night with sensational performances at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
In the opening bout of the evening, 19 year old super bantamweight Ronny Rios proved once again why he is amongst the most talked about prospects in boxing.
Squaring off against Mexican Alvaro Muro, the Santa Ana native used his fast hands to drop Muro twice in the first round and followed it up with a devastating right hook to the body which prompted the stoppage at the 2:27 mark of the second stanza.
With the win, his most impressive performance to date, Rios improved to 5-0-0 (2KO’s) while Muro fell to 6-15-0 (5KO’s).
Dominating the early rounds with outstanding body work, the 22 year old Molina battled the rugged Costa Rica native Anthony Martinez in an excellent six round lightweight bout. Although outgunned, Martinez never stopped trying to answer back the heavy handed Molina.
In the fifth and sixth rounds, Molina appeared intent on finishing Martinez but the veteran would not give in to the Commerce, California prospects’ attempts.
At the end of the six rounds, Molina was awarded a well earned unanimous decision by scores of 60-54 on all three judges score cards. With the win, Molina improved to 7-0-0 (3KO’s) while Martinez moved to 21-30-3 (9KO’s).
Said manager Frank Espinoza, “I was very happy with both performances. Muro had just gone the distance with Gary Russell so it’s impressive that Ronny was able to stop him in the second. And Carlos stayed with his game plan and won every round in his bout.”
“We’re looking to have both guys back in either late June or July.”