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Q&A: Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez

Jose I. Perez Cabrera

WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico will be making the second defense of his world title against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua May 29th. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event.

Ricky Burns of England is mandated to fight for Martinez’ title. Burn’s promoter Frank Warren was ok with the optional defense for Martinez, a fact of which PR Best Boxing is very much appreciative of to Warren. The winner must fight Burns next. Martínez spoke with Fightnews as he is in preparation for his upcoming bout.

This will be your first fight since September 2009. Any concerns with your weight or ring rust from the layoff?

I don’t have any concerns at all on the layoff. I have very good trainers who keep me focused and well conditioned. My weight is no problem at all. I’m only eight pounds over the max weight limit of 130 right now.

Have you seen any footage on Munguía?

Yes, I have. He appears to be a very strong fighter and has never been stopped as a professional.

You have won six of your last eight fights by stoppage. He has never been stopped like you said. Do you think you will be able to stop him?

I will continue training hard as I always do and if the knockout presents itself then I’ll take it. Winning the fight is my main focus.

Rocky you have been champion for over a year now. Are things any different for you now in terms of when your on your free time in Puerto Rico?

I get a lot more invitations now for personal appearances and definitely a lot more autograph signing requests but I’m appreciative of the fans support.

During your bouts in Puerto Rico as an act of support, a large group of fans who attend your fights often chant loudly your name, ‘Rocky, Rocky, Rocky, Rocky.’ Do you hear them while your actually fighting?

I hear it for sure %100 and it gives me and extra motivation to push that much harder to get the victory.

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The event is titled ‘Undefeated Champions’ and the main event will feature WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) making the first defense of his title against unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000,online at, and are priced at $25, $40, $75, $150, and $300. The event is available on pay-per-view for all cable television and satellite systems in Puerto Rico and internationally.

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