Photos: DBE/Sumio Yamada
In a driving rainstorm, defending WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBA interim champion Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night in front of an estimated 50,000 fans at the Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Martinez controlled the early rounds as Murray was very defensive. Murray started picking it up in round four. MArtinez was cut over the left eye in round six. Murray dropped Martinez in round eight with a right hand, but he didn’t seem hurt. Open scoring after round eight had Martinez ahead 77-74, 76-75, 76-75. Good round for Martinez in round nine. Murray landed a big right in round ten. Martinez outboxed him over the finsl two rounds to prevail 115-112 on all three cards.
After the fight, Martinez stated, “We have to work to get better. But superstars are like that, we always get better against any odds.”
WBC #1 welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu (35-1, 28 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over WBA #5 rated Antonin Decarie (27-2, 8 KOs) in a bout cut to ten rounds due to the wet conditions. Abregu dropped Decarie in round eight and was unlucky as the referee accidentally stopped the round at the :10 warning with Decarie reeling. Scores were 97-92, 97-92 and 97-90.
Former European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Damian Machado (18-10-1, 7 KOs), scoring knockdowns in both rounds contested
Heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (18-0, 18 KOs) made quick work of Sebastián Ceballos (33-8-2, 25 KOs) scoring three knockdowns in a first round annihilation.