By Benny Ricardo
The Four Points by Sheraton San Diego rocked to the beat of the punching power of The San Diego Kid, Christopher Martin as he successfully defended his California Super Bantamweight Title against Mexicali’s Ruben “Finito” Lopez. The Coors Light Boxing series crowd of 650 erupted in celebration when after the advice of the corner of Lopez, referee Jose Cobian waved his arms signaling the end of the fight before the start of the seventh round and thus awarding Martin the 5th knockout of his career.
Lopez who came into the fight knocking out opponents at a 93 per cent clip, came out firing wicked left hooks to the body of Martin, trying to slow down Martin. Showing a solid body and chin, Martin took the best Lopez could throw his way and delighted his home town fans with his wide arsenal of punches that consistently found its mark on the body and head of Lopez. Martin and Lopez launched leather after leather at each other for 6 action packed rounds. But in the end it was the precise punching of Martin, that included uppercuts, hooks and straight rights that proved to be too much for a game but outclassed Lopez.
Martin now runs up his unbeaten record to 17 wins and took the microphone after the fight and thanked his many fans in attendance for their support. Martin who trains at the South San Diego Alliance Training Center got his third knockout win in a row, the last two being on Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions cards who bring the Coors Light Boxing Series to San Diego.
In the Co-Main Event, a much anticipated rematch of a previous draw between two 105 pound female fighters, Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana and Mighty Melissa Mc Morrow delighted the San Diego Crowd, but in the end the result was a 6-round split draw. Both female fighters again found their mark on each other and locked up for heated exchanges that obviously baffled the judges in choosing a winner. Quintana urged on by the deafening support of her hometown fans, just could not slow down the ever charging and shorter Mc Morrow. On the other hand Mc Morrow tried to come in on every opportunity and exchange with Quintana on the inside, but Quintana consistently stopped Mc Morrow’s charge with her left jab and straight right.
Chicago’s Southpaw, Christopher “Last Chapter” Chatman, slugged out the last chapter of the fight with a barrage of punches that all found their mark and stopped Steve Cassidy Macomber at the 1:02 mark of the 4th round. Referee Jose Cobian counted out Macomber and awarded Chatman his 7th win and 3rd win via the short route. Macomber came into the fight 2 pounds over the contract weight and was fined 20 per cent of his purse.
The night opened with Armenia’s Artur Bernetsyan taking on Fairfield, California’s Luis Sanchez in his pro debut. The hard punching southpaw from Armenia, Bernetsyan wasted no time in establishing his punching power in trying to get his first ko win as a pro in two fights. The end came at 1:02 of the last round of a scheduled 4-round fight when referee Tony Crebs stopped the bout and awarded Bernetsyan his second win as a pro and first knockout win.