Brisbane, Australia: Light Middle: Craig Hill (9-0-1) DREW 8 Rey Olarte (17-23-9).
Filipino Olarte comes in as a late sub and gets a draw with unbeaten Hill. The local hope had height and reach over the Filipino southpaw. Hill had Olarte down at the end of the third. He was the aggressor but Olarte used sharp counters to blunt many of Hill’s attacks and inflicted a cut over Hill’s left eye in the seventh. It was a hard one to score with Hill the heavier puncher and Olarte the busier. Scores 96-95 to Hill, 96-94 to Olarte and 95-95. This was a set-back for 25-year-old Hill, the ANBF No 3, as he had won his last 8 fights by KO/TKO. Olarte, 30, now based in Sydney, is No 12 welter with the ANBF.
Remedios de Escalada, Argentina: Heavy: Matias Vidondo (16-1-1) W DISQ 5 Fabio Moli (44-9). Moli rightly disqualified and loses his Argentinian title and that leads to disgraceful scenes. All-out attacks from Vidondo trapped Moli on the ropes in the first and he was given a standing count just before the bell ending the round. Moli had a better second round as he sent Vidondo staggering backward with a right and also scored with jabs and clubbing rights. Moli made the better start to the third round rocking Vidondo with a right uppercut inside and later with a right cross. Vidondo got through with a barrage of hooks at the end of the round and put Moli down. Moli was up at five and the bell rang just as the referee finished counting the eight. In the fourth a left/right put Moli down by the ropes. Again he was up early and took the eight count and they fought on even terms. Early in the fifth a right uppercut had Vidondo hurt and Moli was bulling forward with short hooks. Twice an exhausted Vidondo bent low and was pushed to the canvas. On the second occasion with Vidondo on his knees Moli just missed with a punch. Now Moli looked to be just a few more shots away from victor and Vidondo was again ducking very low to avoid the hooks. Another Moli attack had Vidondo staggering forward and down to his knees. Whilst Vidondo was down Moli missed him with a right and then with the referee standing next to him he madly threw another right to the unprotected jaw of Vidondo. It was so blatant, and stupid, and the referee had no choice but to disqualify Moli. Vidondo had rolled onto his back after the second right landed. He overplayed it a bit-well quite a lot actually. Then things turned nasty with people entering the ring, scuffles going on and chairs flying and Moli out of the ring and wading into the spectators. “The Demolisher” Vidondo, 36, wins the Argentinian heavyweight title. Moli was making the third defence of the title in his third reign as champion. At 44 and with a lengthy suspension hanging over him it could be the end for “La Mole”.
Sydney, Australia: Super Middle: Junior Talipeau (20-2-1) W PTS 12 Walter Crucce (50-13). New Zealand-born Talipeau wins the vacant WBA Fedelatin title with points victory over experienced Argentinian southpaw Crucce. The WBA No 7 makes it three wins since losing a split decision to Zac Awad in November. Crucce, 38, has only lost twice by KO/TKO in his 63 fights, but they have now come in successive fights. He was considered a prospect when he won his first 22 fights, 19 by KO/TKO, but the closest he got to a world title was losing to Michele Piccirillo for the WBU welter title in 2000. He started out as a light welter at 137lbs but is now 30lbs heavier and a lot older.
Melbourne, Australia: Middle: Dwight Ritchie (8-0, 4ND) W PTS 8 Mohamed Larabi (2-2). Ritchie easily beats French novice but again shows his lack of punching power. The 21-year-old had four fights before reaching the age limit to turn pro in Victoria. He won them but they are shown as No Decision due to his age at the time. He has just one win by KO/TKO in his other eight fights. First fight in Australia for Larabi.
Northbridge, Australia: Light Heavy: Luke Sharp (7-0-2) W PTS 8 Xavier Lucas (6-2-1). Light Welter: Steven Wills (17-1-2) W PTS 8 Alex Ah Tong (8-24-5).
Sharp vs. Lucas
Sharp wins a controversial decision over South African Lucas. Sharp was coming forward throughout the fight, but “X Man” Lucas was boxing cleverly on the back foot scoring with a good jab and body punches and showing good footwork. Sharp made a slow start, but also scored well with body punches. It was close but Lucas seemed to settle the matter when he rocked Sharp in the last round. The judges did not agree. Scores 77-75 and 77-76 for Sharp and 77-76 for Lucas. The 33-year-old Lucas the Aussie No 5 light heavy was unbeaten in his last five fights, but now says he will go back to UFC as he is unhappy with the judging in boxing. In fairness to unbeaten Sharp the 24-year-old only had two weeks to prepare and is Aussie No 5 middleweight. So was boxing a couple of divisions above his usual weight division and so did well.
Wills vs. Tong
Wills not impressive as he has to settle for a split decision over southpaw Tong after six messy rounds. “The Surgeon”, 29, a former undefeated Australian light champ was returning to the ring for the first time since losing in six rounds to Kaizer Mabuza for the IBO light welter title in March last year. Now 11 losses and 2 draws in his last 13 fights for Tong.
Puerto Colombia, Colombia: Bantam: Luis Melendez (36-9-1) W KO 5 Miguel Martinez (16-2). Light: Luis E. Flores (14-1) W PTS 10 Edinson Jimenez (5-50-3).
Melendez vs. Martinez
Experienced Melendez had to come from behind to beat prospect Martinez. After a cautious first round Melendez managed to get inside the longer reach of the “Thin Man” and work the body in the second. In the third and fourth Martinez was able to use his height and reach to box on the outside and build a lead. It ended in the fifth when southpaw Melendez landed a left/right combination that put Martinez down and out. The
33-year-old Melendez has 27 wins by KO/TKO. Back in 2007 he was stopped in twelve rounds by Fernando Montiel for the WBO super fly title. More recently he had been halted in six rounds by Julio Ceja in November and lost on points to Joseph Agbeko in Ghana in March. Martinez, 22, had won his last 11 fights 9 by KO/TKO but Melendez was just too experienced for him.
Flores vs. Jimenez
Flores gets unanimous decision over late substitute Jimenez. No real problems for 26-year-old Colombian champion Flores as he bounces back from losing his unbeaten tag against Wilfrido Buelvas in July. Jimenez has an awful record but somehow he had managed to win his last three fights by KO/TKO. Of his 50 losses only five have been by KO/TKO.
Ensenada, Mexico: Feather: Enrique Tinoco (10-1-2) W KO 11 Ivan Hernandez (28-8-1). Former WBO super fly champion Hernandez loses his Mexican title but that pales into insignificance as he is rushed to hospital and operated on for a blood clot on the brain. Early signs are that the operation has been successful. There was no sign of the drama to come as Hernandez had too much experience for his young challenger and was two points ahead on two cards and five on the third going into the eleventh round. Hernandez was floored and after he got up went down again from what did not look to be hard punches. He was taken from the ring to hospital for an emergency operation. The 30-yerar-old “Choko” had lost inside the distance in title fights against Fernando Montiel, Israel Vazquez, Toshiaki Nishioka and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, but had won his last two fights including lifting the vacant Mexican title with a kayo of Arturo Camargo in June. We can only hope for a successful recovery. Tinoco had never been beyond eight rounds before and although Tinoco’s only loss was on a disqualification this was not supposed to be a tough defence for Hernandez.
Rio Blanco, Nicaragua: Feather: Lester Medrano (10-2-1) W TKO 8 Jimmy Aburto (13-2-2). Light Fly: Felix Alvarado (18-0) W KO 3 Jose Aguilar (13-11-2).
Medrano vs. Aburto
Medrano continues to show improvement and wins the vacant national title. Medrano was the better boxer and the quicker and dominated. Aburto never really got into the fight and although he took a lost of punishment in the end it was a bad cut on his left eyebrow that caused the stoppage. The 26-year-old Medrano has now won 8 of his last 9 fights. First loss inside the distance for Aburto.
Alvarado vs. Aguilar
Alvarado may be the next Nicaraguan star. He has fast hands and heavy punch. He put away Aguilar in impressive style finishing the job with a left hook to the body. The 24-year-old has already beaten former world title challengers in Carlos Melo (98 seconds) and Nerys Espinoza (TKO 3) and has 15 wins by KO/TKO. He was a gold medal winner at the Central American championships and competed at the 2009 World Championships. One to watch. Aguilar no real test as he has now lost 7 of his last 8 fights.
Lucena City, Philippines: Super Fly: Jerwin Ancajas (17-1-1) W TKO 4 Armando Casa (11-11-5). Fly: Lolito Sonsona (16-1-4) DRAW 8 Albert Alcoy (14-16-6).
Ancajas vs. Casa
GAB No 12 Ancajas hits too hard for “Muscle Man” Casa. After three rounds of one-sided action the referee stops it in the fourth. The 21-year-old southpaw makes it 8 wins by KO/TKO and lifts the vacant Luzon Pro Boxing Association title (LuzProBA very much a local title). After losing his unbeaten record against Mark Anthony Geraldo in March last year Ancajas has won his last four fights inside the distance. First loss inside the distance for Casa who is 1-4-3 in his last 8 fights.
Sonsona vs. Alcoy
Ring rust may have had something to do with it but “Thunder Shot” Sonsona lucky to get a majority draw against unfancied Alcoy. Scores 76-76 twice and 78-74 to Alcoy as the LuzProBA title remains vacant. First fight for Sonsona since getting cut in fighting a technical draw with Alcoy in May 2012. Alcoy, 30, was coming off two inside the distance losses in China and Thailand.
Chonburi, Thailand: Straw: Wanheng (30-0) W PTS 12 Yuma Iwahashi (10-6-1). Easy mark-time fight for WBC No 1 Wanheng as he defends his title for the fifth time with a one-sided victory over JBC No 2 Iwahashi. Scores 120-108 twice and 119-110. The 27-year-old Wanheng is the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong and with the huge Chinese market you can be sure the fight won’t be in Thailand. Iwahashi, 25, is 4-4 in his last 8 fights.
Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania: Super Middle: Francis Cheka (30-7-1) W PTS 12 Phil Williams (12-6-2). Cheka wins a world title of sorts as he takes a unanimous decision over Williams to win the vacant WBFederation title. Cheka boxed his way to victory flooring Williams in the fourth but also having to stay focused as Williams has 11 wins by KO/TKO in his 12 victories. Scores 119-109, 117-111 and 116-113. After losses to Robert Stieglitz, Geard Ajetovic and Brits Paul Smith and Matthew Macklin, the 31-year-old Cheka has won 16 of his last 17 fights. Williams, 36, has won only one of his last eight fights but the opposition has been tough. It seems that after the show it was also a tough task finding the promoter and the money but eventually the local fighters got paid, but I am not sure about Williams.
Mexico City, Mexico: Light Fly: Adrian Hernandez (28-2-1) W TKO 4 Atsushi Kakutani (13-2-1). Hernandez just too strong for limited Japanese challenger and retains his WBC title for the third time. There was a shock in the first round as a right counter from Kakutani put Hernandez down. He was up quickly and after taking the eight count he went looking for Kakutani. Hernandez was getting through with short hooks on the inside but Kakutani was willing to stand and trade. In the second Hernandez came close to ending the fight. He shook Kakutani with a right counter and then drove his challenger around the ring snapping the Japanese fighter’s head back with rights and scoring with barrages of hooks and uppercuts. It looked as though Kakutani was finished as he was making no attempt to clinch but was going toe-to-toe with the harder puncher. Despite all the punishment somehow Kakutani fought back hard by the end of the round. In the third Hernandez started using his jab and again Kakutani’ s head was being jerked back. He was under pressure on the ropes for most of the round, but again staged a late recovery. In the fourth a left jab/right cross put Kakutani down for the first time. Another barrage saw him drop to his knees and although he got up the next attack again saw him slump to his knees and the fight was stopped; “El Confesor” now has 17 wins by KO/TKO. This is his second reign as WBC champion. Kakutani showed plenty of guts but was out-gunned.
Merida, Mexico: Super Feather: Miguel Berchelt (20-0) W TKO 5 Cristobal Cruz (40-15-3). Super Fly: David Sanchez (22-2-2) W TKO 7 Juan Kantun (21-5-3).
Berchelt vs. Cruz
Big win for Merida prospect Berchet. He used his height and reach to control the fight on the outside for much of the time, but Cruz showed his vast experience in working his way inside and scoring with short hooks. The lanky “Scorpion” was edging the rounds with his jab and sweeping hooks. Cruz was still coming forward and very much in the fight at the start of the fifth. Berchelt forced the former IBF champion back to the ropes and as Cruz came off the ropes they exchanged shots with Berchelt landing a tremendous left hook that Cruz never saw coming. Cruz went down and it looked like it was all over. However, he somehow made it to his feet just in time to beat the count. He had spit out his mouthpiece at the knockdown and got a respite as the referee took him back to his corner to have it rinsed and returned to his mouth. Berchelt took Cruz to the ropes and was trying to nail him with sweeping punches but Cruz was ducking and covering up, and was not taking any hard shots when the referee stopped the fight. A good learning fight for the 21-year-old local. His last five fights had all ended in either the first or second round. Now the young WBC No 15 has six inside the distance wins in a row and 17 in total. There have been some valid tests in those six fights such as Berman Sanchez (26-4-3) and Oliver Flores (23-0-2) so Berchelt could be one for the future. At 36 Cruz is not the fighter he was as his score of 1-4-2 in his last 7 fights show, but the other three losses in his recent fights have been to Orlando Salido for the IBF feather title, Juan Carlos Burgos and Javier Fortuna so he is still competing at the top level.
Sanchez vs. Kantun
“Tornado” Sanchez slows grinds down local fighter Kantun for an impressive win. Over the first five rounds Sanchez just had the edge with an impressive body attack. However, Kantun was making it close as a few bumps and bruises on the face of Sanchez attested. In the sixth the body work finally began to pay-off and Kantun was under pressure and wilting. Some body punches and a straight left sent Kantun staggering to the ropes. Sanchez was teeing off with hard punches and with nothing coming back from Kantun the referee stopped the fight. Sanchez, WBC No 12, and the interim WBC Silver champion, has 17 wins by KO/TKO and has won his last 12 fights including a victory over very good Filipino Marlon Tapales (21-1). “Wacky” Kantun had only lost once inside the distance before this and that was on a cut. In April he went the distance with WBA No 2 flyweight Rocky Fuentes.
Kempton Park, South Africa: Cruiser: Ilunga Makabu (15-1) W KO 5 Eric Fields (22-2). Light Heavy: Ryno Liebenberg (13-0) W TKO 1 Gabriel Ramirez (13-5-1). Light Fly: Nkosinathi Joyi (24-2,1ND) W KO 9 Benezer Alolod (12-5-4). Light Heavy: Johnny Muller (14-3-2) W TKO 11 Tshepang Mohale (9-7).
Makabu vs. Fields
Another impressive display from the South African-based DCR fighter. Southpaw Makabu hardly threw a punch in the first round. He was content to adopt a high guard and let Fields throw punches at him. His guard looked solid and he showed good upper body movement. Makabu was throwing more in the second in the shape of a strong right jab, hurtful hooks to the body and left uppercuts. Fields was trying to fight back in the third but his punches lacked snap and he was again rocked by a hard shot from the DCR fighter. After letting Fields do the leading at the start of the fourth Makabu again rocked the American and was teeing off with hard shpts at the bell. Fields got through with a couple of rights early in the fifth but Makabu just mocked Fields showing he was not hurt. Suddenly coming out of an exchange a left hook from Makabu crashed into the jaw of Fields and he went down heavily. He dragged himself up using the ropes to get vertical at the count of nine, but the referee promptly stopped the fight despite the mild protests of Fields. The 25-year-old Makabu retains his WBC Silver title, and is No 4 with that body. He has excellent skills, fast hands and a kayo punch and is danger to anyone in the division. The way he stood over gloating over the fallen Fields won’t win him many friends and the referee erred in not sending him immediately to a neutral corner, but Fields was beaten anyway. In one of those curious results in his first fight in South Africa (it is said he had a number of wins in the DCR before that) he was stopped inside a round. Since then he has 15 wins, 14 by KO/TKO with the only fight to go the distance being a majority decision in July against the then WBC No 2 Dmytro Kucher. Fields, 31, loses inside the distance for the second time. After losing inside the distance to Ola Afolabi in 2008 Fields rebuilt himself with 11 wins against very modest opposition and the IBF rated him No 15. Great things were expected from Fields after he won the National Golden Gloves in 2005 and 2006 but he has spent too long fighting in the boxing backwater of Oklahoma.
Liebenberg vs. Ramirez
Liebenberg again shows his power as he destroys Argentinian No 1 Ramirez inside a round. Ramirez started off aggressively but was leaving himself open as he bustled in. Liebenberg was boxing cautiously whilst he established what Ramirez had to offer. The Argentinian was walking forward for another attack when he was nailed by a short left hook. That sent him staggering back to a corner and as Liebenberg landed a couple of more punches Ramirez slumped down so that the ropes were stopping him from falling. The referee let Ramirez regain his feet and Liebenberg pounced again flooring Ramirez with a barrage of punches. He got up only to take more punches and go down again. As the referee started the count the Argentinian’s corner threw in the towel. The referee either did not see it or ignored so a corner man climbed in the ring and you had the unusual sight of the referee counting at the same time as one of the seconds was in the ring treating the fighter. The 29-year-old Liebenberg again showed the power that has brought him 9 wins by KO/TKO and this victory earned him the WBC International Silver title to add to his IBO All-African and Inter-Continental titles. Ramirez, 32, had started his career with a run of 1-4-1 in his first six fights, and then won 12 in a row. He never had a chance against the accuracy and power of Liebenberg’s punches.
Joyi vs. Alolod
Joyi puts himself back into the title picture as he outclasses Filipino Alolod to win the WBC International title. It was amazing that Alolod made it into the ninth round as Joyi was handing out a beating in a one-sided fight. Joyi scored heavily in ever round, but Alolod showed guts and a good chin. As the fight progressed it became painful to watch and Alolod should have been saved earlier. As it was Joyi finally ended it in the ninth as he landed a barrage of punches which put Alolod down and out. The 30-year-old Joyi had been an outstanding IBF strawweight champion but was being weakened by making the weight and he lost his IBF title to Mario Rodriguez in September last year and lost a split decision to Hekkie Budler for the IBO straw title in June. He will be a threat again at light fly. Southpaw “Bulldozer” Alolod, 22, had not lost inside the distance before this fight. He had lost only one of his last 15 fights, that was to Rey Loreto, who last month beat former world champion Pornsawan, and Alolod reversed that loss. He was OPBF No 1, so in theory a tough test for Joyi.
Muller vs. Mohale
Muller wins South African title with stoppage of Mohale. Muller pressed the action in every round with the much taller Mohale using a prodding jab and straight rights to keep Muller on the outside. Muller had to lunge forward to get inside and when he did Mohale would hold to prevent Muller fighting inside. Muller just kept walking Mohale down holding the ring centre with Mohale just circling the perimeter, stabbing out his jab and trying to avoid being cornered. Both fighters were rocked, Muller by a right at the end of the fifth and Mohale sent stumbling into the ropes by a right at the end of the eighth and hurt by another thunderous right at the end of the ninth. Both were winging wild punches in the tenth, but the exchanges suited Muller who needed Mohale to stand in front of him and he was getting through with lefts and rights and although Mohale drove him back with a left and a right Muller was in command at the bell. The end came suddenly in the eleventh. Muller trapped Mohale on the ropes and got through with hard head shots from both hands. Mohale was in deep trouble on shaky legs and trying to hold and wrestle his way out of trouble. Muller was not going to let him off the hook and drove Mohale across the ring to the other ropes on the other side and three or four punches which crashed through Mohale’s guard saw Mohale’s corner throwing in the towel to save their man. The 22-year-old Muller, trained by Harold Volbrecht, lived up to his “Hurricane” nickname and he regains the national title and makes it 11 wins by KO/TKO. He also gained revenge for a third round stoppage loss to Mohale in 2011 which cost him his South African title. His other two losses have been to Ryno Liebenberg.Mohale, 34, is 6’3“ (190cm) and, although that gave Muller some problems, Mohale also insisted on circling to his left into the path of Muller’s big right hands. Mohale had been stripped off his title was was reinstated as champion shortly before the fight. Last time out in March he was stopped in seven rounds by Brit Matty Clarson.
Basle, Switzerland: Heavy: Erkan Teper (11-0) W TKO 1 Michael Sprott (37-21).
Although the fight went on outdoors in front of the cathedral, Sprott was well warmed up and looked at ease, finding Teper with his left jabs while Teper was a bit stiff, but tried from the beginning to get through with powerful left-right combinations. After about two not very eventful minutes Teper found Sprott’s chin with a precise right cross and Sprott went heavily down; he succeeded in getting up but looked shaky. The referee counted until 8 and made him step back, giving him more time to recover. But now Teper launched an all-out attack and knocked Sprott down a second time; again the referee counted until 8 and let the contest continue. Sprott was now wobbling and the referee (who stood with his back to Sprott’s corner and couldn’t see the towel coming in) stopped the contest at 2’47 of the first round. Sprott, although disappointed, had recovered when he left the ring. The contest could well have been stopped after the first knockdown; the result was a TKO 1, but as Sprott had suffered two heavy knockdowns (head), the ring doctor recommended a 28–days suspension. . The 31-year-old 6’5” (195cm) Teper, a former World Military silver medal winner, now has 7 wins by KO/TKO. The 38-year-old Sprott has lost 6 of his last 7 fights. This was the first time since his fight with Corrie Sanders in 2001 that he has lost inside a round. Naturally those who want to remember him for his good days will hope he retires. However, three of those losses were to Alex Dimitrenko, Kubrat Pulev and Robert Helenius and another one of those losses to Edmund Gerber was a bad decision and Sprott won the return with Gerber at (22-0) in December. Now Gerber is to fight Dereck Chisora for the European title, so Sprott may decided there are still some worthwhile paydays to be had.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Heavy: Marcelo Dominguez (44-7-1) W TKO 7 Hector Avila (22-15-1). Easy night for “El Gordo” as Dominguez hands out a beating to “The Shark” Avila. Dominguez had the superior technique and was able to score to head and body in the first round. Both were fighting inside with Dominguez easily blocking or swaying away from the punches from Avila and continuing to score with hooks and crosses. In the sixth Dominguez nearly finished the fight. With Avila on the ropes Dominguez landed a succession of hard punches and the referee gave Avila a standing count. More punishment saw Avila in trouble again and he was given a second standing count. In the seventh Dominguez drove Avila to the ropes and was scoring with hard punches to head and body when the referee stopped the fight. Now 24 wins by KO/TKO for the 43-year-old former WBC cruiser champion and third win for the FAB No 3 after being inactive from December 2006 until March this year. Avila, 38, the FAB No 4 cruiser, had been stopped in nine rounds by Dereck Chisora in April and has 11 losses by KO/TKO.
Navarro, Argentina: Super Bantam: Yoan Boyeaux (19-4) W TKO 2 Luis Romero (5-14). French “Yo Boy” makes it nine wins in a row, seven of them by KO/TKO. The 25-year-old Boyeaux has lost only one of his last 14 fights and his travels have taken him to Croatia, Serbia, Brazil and Argentina. He may not be travelling because he wants to. It may be because he tested positive for a banned substance after beating Karim Guerfi for the vacant French title in January. First fight since 2009 for Romero and his tenth loss in a row.
Krasnogorsk, Russia: Light Heavy: Valery Brudov (41-4) W PTS 6 Jevgenijs Andrejevs (7-55). Routine points win for returning Brudov. He showed plenty of rust as he patiently tracked elusive southpaw Andrejevs. Brudov generally threw one punch at a time and the Latvian showed his survival skills and occasionally responded with light counters. Useful six rounds for Brudov but at 36 he has a limited future. Scores 60-54 from all three judges for the former interim WBO cruiser champion and his second win since taking a year out of the ring. Andrejevs does what he is there for and goes the distance. He has only been stopped four times in his 55 losses.
Tlaxcala, Mexico: Light: Gilberto Gonzalez (22-3) W KO 12 Saul Carreon (21-7-1). Super Feather: Juan Jose Martinez (17-1) W PTS 10 Carlos Jimenez (8-4-1).
Gonzalez vs. Carreon
Carreon was winning this one up until the last round. A nose injury had Gonzalez fighting through a mask of blood and although he was taking a lot of punishment he always had a puncher’s chance. His opportunity came 30 seconds into the last round as a left uppercut flattened Carreon and won Gonzalez the WBC Silver Latino title. The 25-year-old “Skinny” has 18 wins by KO/TKO. Carreon loses for the third time by KO/TKO. Must have been strange for these two lightweights not to have a height and reach advantage. “Skinny” Gonzalez is 5’10” (178cm) and Carreon 5’9” (176cm).
Martinez vs. Jimenez
With 17 wins in a row and 14 wins by KO/TKO Martinez was the big favourite here. No one told “El Torito” Jimenez and he gave Martinez a tough ten rounds before going down on a majority decision. Scores 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95. First ten round fight for Martinez. Jimenez has only lost once inside the distance and that was on a cut against Carreon.