By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC #15 jr middleweight Michael Oliveira (21-1, 16 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Colombian former world title challenger Francisco Cordero (28-2, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cordero stated there was a problem with one of his hands and remained on his stool at the beginning of the third tound. Oliveira retained his WBC Latino and WBA Fedelatin and belts. It was the 23-year-old Oliveira’s fourth straight win since his defeat in June 2012 against former world champion Popo Freitas. Cordero was a former world junior lightweight contender.
Also, undefeated super flyweight sensation Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez showed great skills and great power to stop at 2:15 of round four the Dominican warrior Geyci Lorenzo (12-8, 3 KOs) who was former 3 time national champion for the Dominican Republic national team.
Martinez began placing strong jabs straight to the face of Lorenzo who presented his usual crazy style of many grabs, head butting and trying to impose his seniority over the 20 year old Martinez. By the second round a silent but very accurate Martinez could counter back the difficult style that Lorenzo had annhiliating him with powerful shots. Already in the fourth round a strong straight right hand seriously hurt Geyci Lorenzo and referee Carlos Peña stopped the fight. The idol of the small town of Las Marias in Puerto Rico improved his undefeated record to 8 wins with 6 wins coming by way of knockout.
“It was a tough fight, where I had to use all my skills. Lorenzo was a very experienced opponent. He gave me several head butts and elbows, but thank God we got a big win. Now we will continue training hard for our next fight. This victory was promised to my people of Las Marias and Puerto Rico,” said Jose” Chiquiro “Martinez who is trained by Julio Ortiz.
“Chiquiro did a great demonstration of skills. He was fighting against Lorenzo, the referee and the crowd. He beat a veteran which was national champion in 3 occasions. Chiquiro should be fighting by the end of summer and we hope to finish the year with 12 fights,” added promoter Hector Soto.