By Francisco Salazar
Super bantamweight Christopher Martin is not known for his punching power. However, it was the one thing that saved him against a harder-than-expected opponent.
Martin stopped Hidalgo in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.
The bout headlined a six-bout "Path to Glory" card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Martin, who has now won his last four bouts in a row since his one-sided defeat to Orlando Del Valle last April, was constantly beaten to the punch in first two rounds.
Martin was effective when he boxed on the inside, but would get countered with Hidalgo right hands whenever he tried to load up with one punch.
As the bout continued, Martin found a home for counter right hands to the head of Hidalgo. Martin would back Hidalgo up, doing his best to beat him to the punch.
In the fifth round, an accumulation of punches by Martin dropped Hidalgo to one knee. Hidalgo stood up, but looked off-balanced. Referee Jack Reiss saw enough and waved the fight over at 2:37.
Martin, from San Diego, CA, goes to 27-2-3, 9 KOs. Hidalgo, from Casas Grandes, Sonora, Mexico, drops to 17-9, 13 KOs.
- Junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera, welterweight Artemio Reyes, super bantamweight Johnathan Arellano, and unbeaten junior welterweight Daniel Hernandez were some of the well-known fighters who watched the card from ringside.
- Next Thompson Boxing Promotions card will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA on July 26th. Call (714) 935-0900.
- Ring announcer was Sonny Franco.
The scheduled eight round super featherweight bout between Efrain Esquivias and Victor Sanchez was declared a technical draw in the second round when Sanchez suffered a cut over his right eye.
Esquivias (16-2-1, 9 KOs), a notoriously slow starter, spent most of the round circling the ring, looking to counter with right hands. At the end of the first round, both fighters collided heads, resulting in an opened cut above Sanchez's right eye.
Sanchez (5-6-2, 2 KOs) came on in the second round, landing a few combinations to the head of Esquivias, while Esquivias attempted to counter. At 2:22, referee Ray Corona stopped the fight when the ringside physicians deemed Sanchez unable to continue. Sanchez was upset with the stoppage.
Because the stoppage occurred before the end of the fourth round, California State Athletic Commission dictate that the bout is ruled a technical draw.
Welterweight Giovani Santillan won a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Adam Ealoms. Both were southpaws, but Santillan (9-0, 5 KOs) was busier, landing the more telling blows. Ealoms attempted to counter with right hooks, but did not land enough to offset Santillan's offense. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Santillan.
In a battle between heavyweights making their professional debuts, Justin Goslee stopped Jose Hermosillo in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Goslee had a 95-pound weight and a eight-inch reach advantage over Hermosillo. Goslee looked to land one punch as Hermosillo tried to get on the inside. During an exchange, Hermosillo dropped to the canvas, prompting Goslee to throw and land a punch. Referee Ray Corona administered an eight count until Hermosillo stood up. Corona deducted a point from Goslee. Moments later, Goslee landed a right cross to the head, dropping Hermosillo to the canvas. Corona saw enough and waved the fight over at 2:14.
Super bantamweight Danny Roman won a four round unanimous decision over Manuel Ruvalcaba. Both fighters had their moments in the opening round, but after that it was all Roman (6-1-1, 2 KOs). A left hook to the body dropped Ruvalcaba to one knee in the second round. To his credit, Ruvalcaba (1-5) tried to fight back, landing wild lead hooks and crosses. However, Roman sealed the win in the final two rounds by attacking the body and landing right uppercuts to Ruvalcaba's head. All three judges scored the bout 40-35 in favor of Roman.
Super middleweight Joshua Conley (7-0, 6 KOs) knocked out an overmatched Roberto Lara in the first round of a a scheduled four round bout. Anytime Conley threw a punch, Lara (0-4) would back away, not attempting to throw back. Conley ended matters when he threw a combination, followed by a left hook to the body. Lara dropped to one knee, looking at referee Ray Corona as he was counted out at 1:07.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September. He has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on twitter at Salazar_soccer