European Jr. Welterweight champion Sandor Martin scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over Jose Felix in a non-title bout on Friday night at the Palau Olímpic Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona, Spain. A very tactical fight from the outset, Martin used his Boxing IQ in using angles, and superb counter punching to get the upper hand on Felix. As the fight progressed, Martin went from a fighter looking for counter shots to the fighter forcing the action as he frequently beat Felix to the punch and found a consistent home for his right hand as part of combinations he was able to land. Although it appeared that Martin may have been able to get a stoppage late in the fight if he had forced the issue, he was content to box his way to a convincing decision victory. Official scores were: 100-90, (On two scorecards) and 99-91 in favor of Martin. Sandor Martin advances to 40-2, with 13 Knockouts. Jose Felix falls to 39-6-1, with 30 Knockouts.
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Undefeated Flyweight and 2016 Spanish Olympian Samuel Carmona survived an extremely grueling test in the form of former world title challenger Joel Cordova in winning a ten round unanimous decision. An action-packed fight from the outset that initially saw Carmona beating Cordova to the punch, quickly turned as Cordova forced a near non-stop fast pace and consistently came forward landing hard shots and forcing Carmona on the defensive and having to look for counter punch opportunities. The two fighters continued to exchange offense and in round eight a barrage of punches seemed to have Carmona in serious trouble. Despite the momentum appearing to be in Cordova’s favor, Carmona was able to score a knockdown of him in round nine with a widely thrown left hook to the head and was able to hang on to earn a decision victory that might be viewed as controversial by some based on how the fight was fought. Official scores were: 96-94, 97-93, and 96-93 in favor of Carmona. Samuel Carmona advances to 7-0, with 4 Knockouts. Joel Cordova falls to 13-6-2, with 3 Knockouts.
In a battle of unbeaten Middleweight prospects. Jhon Obregon scored a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Kyle Lomotey. A fight that saw several heated exchanges of power punches, Obregon seemed to land the harder shots of the two and had Lomotey stunned periodically throughout the fight. In rounds five and six, Lomotey was penalized two points for head butts. Official scores were: 80-72, 79-73, and 77-73 in favor of Obregon. Jhon Obregon advances to 10-0, with 4 Knockouts. Kyle Lomotey falls to 10-1, with 2 Knockouts.
Former Women’s IBF Jr. Bantamweight world champion Jorgelina Guanini competing as a Jr. Featherweight, scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Stevi Levy. Guanini landed a flush overhand right to the temple of Levy in round one and generally landed the harder punches of the two. In round five, a double left hook to the body by Guanini badly hurt Levy and set off an unanswered barrage of punches by the former world champion, but Levy was able to survive the round and showed her mettle in fighting till the final bell. Official scores were: 80-73, 79-73, and, 79-75 in favor of Guanini. Jorgelina Guanini advances to 10-4-2, with 1 Knockouts. Stevi Levy falls to 5-1, with 0 Knockouts.
In a non-title Light-Heavyweight bout, WBO European Light-Heavyweight champion Ricards Bolotniks began the evening by scoring an eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Hrvoje Sep. A fight that was fought exclusively in close range, the difference was ultimately Bolotniks’ work rate compared to his opponent as he often threw punches in three and four punch combinations whereas Sep seemed intent on landing single punches. Official scores were: 78-75, (On two scorecards) and 77-75 in favor of Bolotniks. Ricards Bolotniks advances to 19-6-1, with 8 Knockouts. Hrvoje Sep falls to 11-1, with 8 Knockouts.
Sandor Martin has been building significant momentum over the last several years including his victory over former multi-division world champion Mikey Garcia in his last bout prior to his victory over Jose Felix. Martin, who is rated in the top five in both the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Jr. Welterweight ratings and has been unbeaten since losing a unanimous decision to Anthony Yigit in September 2017. Now eleven fights and eleven victories since that defeat, Martin appears to be within striking distance of fighting for a world championship. With current Undisputed Jr. Welterweight champion Josh Taylor, who holds the WBC,WBA,IBF,WBO crowns, setting his sights on moving up in weight to the 147lb. Welterweight division, there will be no shortage of opportunities for Martin to fight for a vacant world championship as the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division begins another period of transition where the unification process to determine one world champion in the division will begin all over again.
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