As much as I love Hotohori, in a
fight-to-the-death, I think I'd pick Kenshin,
because, well, Hotohori just wouldn't do it.
Anyone wanna donate me a Kenshin cel so I can show
my support de gozaru yo? *LOL*
However on the other hand, in a Vash verses Spike
battle, I'd put my money on Spike, even though
Vash is the better gunsman. Why? Spike has no
qualms about killing, whereas Vash does. ^_^; You
might use a similar idea for Hotohori verses
Kenshin. Kenshin would "knock out" Hotohori, but
Hotohori wouldn't care if he ran Kenshin through.