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Christopher Martin Outpoints Landeros, Remains Unbeaten

By Jake Donovan

Undefeated featherweight prospect Christopher Martin put on an impressive boxing display in soundly outpointing divisional trialhorse Adolfo Landeros over eight rounds Friday evening at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, California.
 
Scores were 80-72 (twice) and 79-73 for Martin in their main event bout, which aired live on Telefutura as part of their revived “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.

Martin, 127 ½ lb, offered a disciplined performance throughout, though never to the point where he failed to entertain his hometown crowd. The San Diego-born featherweight worked behind his jab in the opening round, sliding forward to throw and land in combination and then immediately darting out of harm’s way the moment Landeros threatened to return fire.

Landeros, 126 ½, attempted to take the lead in the second, but Martin’s tight guard prevented the Mexican from causing very much damage. Martin gradually picked up the pace, doubling up on his jab and also adding a left hook to his repertoire. Landeros connected with a right hand midway through the round, but was unable to follow up with anything of substance.

For much of the rest of the bout, a similar pattern held true: Martin would throw punches in bunches; Landeros would cover up and ride out the storm before attempting to return fire; Martin would never allow himself to get hit enough to add anything dramatic into the mix.

To their credit, both fighters attempted to close strong despite boasting modest knockout percentages, putting on a show for the rabid yet intimate crowd on hand. Martin initiated the action, but Landeros refused to go away quietly, throwing – and occasionally landing – just enough to convince Martin that boxing rather than brawling was the best way to go.

Still, without fear of any heavy artillery coming his way, Martin went for broke down the stretch. He left himself open enough to get tagged with a few unnecessary shots while wildly missing his target, making for entertaining theatre in the closing moments of the fight.

The crowd was given even more reason to cheer at the end once final scores were announced in favor of the hometown kid. With the win, Martin improves to 18-0-2 (5KO).

Landeros falls to 20-14-1 (9KO). The loss is his fifth straight; he is 2-8 over his last 10 fights.

OTHER TELEVISED ACTION

It could be a while before welterweight prospect Luis Grajeda finds himself headlining any major shows, at least if his televised swing bout with Cristian Favela was any indication.

While the main event featured two fighters with minimal punching power between them, they at least did everything in their power to allow a fight to break out.

The exact opposite held true in this support bout, in which the undefeated Grajeda kept it strictly safety-first throughout, while Favela was content to go the full six rounds.

Their respective actions resulted in a stinker of a bout, one in which Grajeda easily won by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.

Grajeda tried to make a show of it in the early going, looking to put his full repertoire on full display. The problem was that Favela wasn’t terribly interested in testing him. The upside down journeyman had long ago reached a point in his career where going rounds has become far more important than trying to win fights.

An even greater problem – as far as the crowd was concerned – was the fact that Grajeda grew far too comfortable in settling for the easy win, rather than forcing the Mexican to actually fight back.

The end result was a disinteresting boxing match in which neither fighter took any risks, and upon which the fans didn’t hesitate to rain down boos.

Favela let his hands go in the final round, perhaps as a last-ditch effort to lend the suggestion that he wanted to be there. By that point, Grajeda grew comfortable with the fact that a points win was inevitable, and coasted to the finish line in true “Win today, look good the next time” fashion.

Grajeda’s record advances to 10-0 (7KO), though it’s tough to say that Mexican actually improved or grew wiser with the performance. Hopefully, stiffer challenges and more inspiring performances are in his future.

As for Favela, the losses continue to pile up, although so do the paydays. The journeyman drops to 19-27-6 (10KO), but the bout was already his sixth of 2010, already matching last year’s tally. Three of the six bouts came in April alone.

The show was presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com and an award-winning member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Contact Jake at [email protected].

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