Los Angeles, Ca. — Golden Boy prospect Emilio “The Kid” Sanchez made a sensational return to the ring by stopping San Diego’s Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin by way of referee stoppage (RTD) after the fifth round.
Sanchez (16-1, 11 KOs) returned to the Belasco Theater in DTLA after suffering a devastating knockout loss against Filipino contender Eugene “Rambo” Lagos (14-5-2, 9 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Casino this past March. The majority of fans tuned in to observe how Sanchez would perform after being brutally knocked out in his previous fight and were impressed by the come-forward style he was able to maintain throughout the scrap.
Martin (30-11-3, 10 KOs) used his experience to land some efficient punches effectively, yet seemed overwhelmed by his younger opponent’s counter shots. In the third round, Sachez caught Martin with a tremendous uppercut that sent the fight veteran to the canvas; though Martin managed to get up and continue, Sanchez persistently smothered him against the ropes for the remainder of the round.
Early in the fifth round, Martin utilized head movement to dodge some of Sanchez’s shots, but eventually lost his strategy as Sanchez used his jab to find openings and continue to engulf Martin with head punches. Following the round finishing bell, the referee went to Martin’s corner and stopped the fight.
Sanchez made a switch in trainers from Manny Robles in Norwalk to Joel Diaz in Indio, and it seemed to have suited his style well for this, and any upcoming fights.
In the c0-main event, San Antonio’s Hector “El Finito” Tanajara engaged a toe-to-toe war with the strenuous opponent Emmanuel “Tito” Morales to score a unanimous decision winning every round on all three judges scorecard
In the early rounds, Tanajara (15-0, 5 KOs) used his jab to pop Morales’ (7-3, 4 KOs) head back, while utilizing lateral movent to escape counter punches from the Puerto Rican contender. By the middle rounds, Morales, clearly frustrated, began cinching and putting Tanajara in headlocks and against the ropes.
In the later rounds, Morales targeted the body but continued getting caught with overhand right hands and crisp uppercuts. Though Morales troubled Tanajara with clinches and headlocks, Tanajara remained calm and followed Robert Garcia’s instructions to improve to 15 wins.
“I feel I did better than in my past performance,” Tanajara said post-fight. “He was really taking all of my punches. He’s a really tough opponent, I need to work on not letting people hold me on the inside.”
In the non-televised bouts, Raymond Muratalla (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a victory against Guillame Lorenzo (2-2) winning every round to give his local fans an amazing show.
The Acevedo brothers also continue their winning streak as Oscar Acevedo (4-0) defeated Gerardo Molina (2-5, 1 KO) by dominating him in every judges scorecard.
Filipino contender Recky Dulay (11-3 7KO’s) dropped his opponent Juan Sandoval (7-23-1 4KO’s) in the last seconds of the fifth round. As Sandoval failed to get up from the canvas, referee Jack Reiss waved off the fight to give Dulay the victory.