by Cliff Rold
31-year old Jr. Welterweight Ricardo Alvarez (22-2-3, 14 KO) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, got some competition early on but 29-year old Humberto Martinez (27-8-1, 21 KO) of the same could not answer the bell for round five in the main event at the Salón de Usos Múltiples in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico on Saturday night. Alvarez, the older brother of former 154 lb. titlist Saul Alvarez wins his fourth straight
Both men scaled one pound below the division limit at 139 lbs.
After some feeling out, the action began to heat up midway through the opening round with a hard exchange that saw both men land in close. Martinez was more comfortable working the perimeter and opted to box down the stretch of the first frame.
Martinez continued to move in the second, stepping in with combinations and then stepping back out to force Alvarez to give chase. Both men landed stiff shots to the body throughout and Alvarez found more offense as Martinez stayed longer in the pocket.
By the third, Alvarez was sporting a mouse under the left eye as he tried to solve the riddle of Martinez’s movement. The answer was in making hard shots count along the ropes. He did a better job pinning his man down in that frame and the fourth, still absorbing flurries but making it count when he could set his combinations.
For no reason that was readily apparent, but one would assume some sort of injury, the fight was stopped after round four, Martinez pacing the ring disappointed. Alvarez was awarded the TKO victory.
It was the second ‘where did that come from’ stoppage on the card in a row.
Prior to the main event, 21-year old former WBO 108 lb. titlist Ramon Garcia (19-4-1, 12 KO), 109, of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, scored his third straight knockout since a knockout loss to WBA titlist Roman Gonzalez with a second round injury induced technical knockout of 29-year old Jose Antonio Jimenez (10-5, 3 KO), 109, of Maguangue, Colombia.
The southpaw Garcia was able to get inside the wider shots of Jimenez throughout the first two rounds, landing short hooks and crosses before tangling arms and bodies caused awkward breaks in the action. There was a break in the action to tie the shoe of Jimenez in round two, an indication of how the fight was going.
Following the second round, Jimenez’s corner indicated an injury to their charges left shoulder, halting the fight before it ever really got going. What had occurred to then said Garcia was well on his way to victory anyways but it was an unsatisfying conclusion. Garcia had his hands raised a TKO victor.
The card was broadcast in the US on Fox Deportes, promoted by Canelo Promotions.
Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]