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Martinez survives Chavez Jr.

Martinez regains WBO title; Macklin and Rigondeaux triumph

By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) gave previously unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) a boxing lesson for ten rounds then survived a late Chavez rally to reclaim the WBC belt on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Slow start for Junior in round one, but he landed some good body shots in round two. After that Martinez’ movement and quick hands gave Chavez lots of problems as he took over the fight from round three picking Junior apart. Chavez was never able to apply pressure or lure Martinez into exchanges. A desperate Chavez landed some hard punches in the eleventh and twelfth and dropped Martinez in the twelfth. The fight ended with Chavez unloading on Martinez. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 118-109.

In a battle for the vacant WBO super featherweight title, former champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) regained that belt with a close twelve round unanimous decision over Miguel Beltran Jr (27-2, 17 KOs). Scores were 116-111 Beltran, 114-113 114-113 Martinez. Referee Russell Mora deducted a point from Beltran in round eleven that gave Rocky the margin for victory.

Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) destroyed former 154lb. world champion Joachim Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KOs) in the first round. Alcine was down twice. Time was 2:26

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Robert Marroquin (22-2, 15 KOs). Olympic ring legend Rigondeaux was in command all the way, dropping Marroquin in rounds five and twelve en route to a 118-108 verdict on all cards.

In perhaps a more difficult fight than expected, “The Pride of the Fighting Irish” Mike Lee (11-0, 6 KOs) defeated Paul Harness (4-4, 3 KOs) in a four round light heavyweight attraction. Harness fought hard but Lee was easily the more accurate puncher as he earned a 40-36 sweep on the scorecards.

In a minor upset, Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) upended previously unbeaten John Jackson (13-1), son of heavy hitting Julian Jackson, and won the NABF super welterweight title with a ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 and 98-92.

Super welterweight Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19 KOs) had very little trouble with James Winchester (15-5, 5 KOs) and pitched an 8 round shutout to earn the unanimous decision. Scores were 80-70 across the board.

Unbeaten welterweight Wale Omotoso (23-0, 19 KOs) remained unbeaten with a strong performance that resulted in a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Daniel Sostre (11-7-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 80-72 and 79-73 (twice).




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