Friday, April 23, 2021

Martin Retains European Jr. Welterweight Championship:Results From Barcelona, Spain


European Jr. Welterweight champion Sandor Martin scored a workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision Kay Prosper to retain his European championship on Friday night at the Vall d'Hebron Olympic Palace in Barcelona, Spain. In a largely uneventful bout, Martin used his elusive southpaw stance and lateral movement to dictate the tempo of the combat from the opening bell. Prospere, who was very “Game” throughout the entire fight just could not find a way to land any consistent offense on the champion. Only adding to the frustration, Prosper was penalized a point in round eight for an unknown reason as it did not appear he had committed a foul. While not an entertaining or memorable bout to watch, Martin simply did what he needed to do to retain his title. Official scores were: 119-107, 117-110, and 117-109 in favor of Martin. Sandor Martin advances to 38-2, with 17 Knockouts. Kay Prosper falls to 14-2-1, with 7 Knockouts.


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Jr. Middleweight Kerman Lejarraga overcame two knockdowns to score a seventh round stoppage of Jez Smith. A fight that was fought primarily on the inside m Smith seemed to get the upper hand early. In rounds three and four, Smith scored identical knockdowns of Lejarraga with short right uppercuts to the head. Despite appearing to be in control of the fight, Smith was not able to take advantage of the two knockdowns he was able to score and by round six, Lejarraga had turned the ebb and flow in his favor dropped Smith with a hard left hook to the body. At this point in the fight, Smith seemed to be fatigued and this created the opening for Lejarraga to stagger him with a right hand to the jaw. A barrage of unanswered punches forced the fight to be stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 2:31 of round seven. Kerman Lejarraga advances to 32-2, with 25 Knockouts. Jez Smith falls to 12-3-1, with 5 Knockouts.



In a battle for the European Featherweight championship, champion Andoni Gago and former European Jr. Featherweight champion Gavin McDonnell fought to a five round technical draw. A contrast in style with the shorter pressure fighter Gago trying to get inside the taller and longer McDonnell, Gago appeared to open a cut over the right eye of McDonnell with a left hook early in round one. Gago’s pressure led to more openings and even though McDonnell tried to keep the champion at distance he had increased difficulty as the fight progressed. The cut also gradually worsened and ultimately caused a stoppage of the shortly after the start of round five. What appeared to be a clear stoppage victory in favor of Gago turned into a technical decision as it was ruled that the cut McDonnell suffered in round one was caused by an accidental clash of heads. 


Although one official judge had scored every round in favor of McDonnell 50-46, the two other official judges scored the fight identically 48-48 resulting in a technical draw. Andoni Gago advances to 24-3-4, with 7 Knockouts. Gavin McDonnell advances to 22-2-3, with 6 Knockouts.


Unbeaten Featherweight prospect Bernard Torres scored a second round stoppage of veteran Anuar Salas. An otherwise uneventful first round quickly changed when Torres connected with a beautiful left hand behind a right jab from the southpaw stance that dropped Salas. It appeared as though Salas may not have been able to beat the ten count, but he was able to get up at the count of nine. Torres closed the show in round two dropping Salas with an overhand left along the ropes. Although Salas struggled to get up and was up by the count of eight, he was in no position to continue and the bout was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:33 of round two. Bernard Torres advances to 14-0, with 6 Knockouts. Anuar Salas falls to 20-9-1, with 12 Knockouts.



Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Luke Willis scored a six round decision unanimous decision over veteran Ricardo Fernandez. Official scores were: 59-54, and 60-54 (On two scorecards) in favor of Willis. Luke Willis advances to 10-0, with 1 Knockout. Ricardo Fernandez falls to 9-6, with 0 Knockouts.


Unbeaten Women’s Welterweight prospect April Hunter began the evening by scoring a four round majority decision over Elsa Hemat. Official scores were: 38-38, and 39-37 (On two scorecards) in favor of Hunter. April Hunter advances to 3-0, with 0 Knockouts. Elsa Hemat falls to 1-4, with 0 Knockouts. 


While Sandor Martin has a Boxing style that may not be crowd pleasing, it is certainly effective as with his victory over Kay Prosper he has now successfully defended his European Jr. Welterweight championship twice and is currently on a nine bout winning streak. Although such statistics along with an awkward style does not always translate into world title contention, Martin could be in a position to challenge for a world championship within the next year if he continues to win.


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