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J.C. Burgos, Roman Martinez Fight To a 12-Round Draw

By Jake Donovan

Roman 'Rocky' Martinez and Juan Carlos Burgos fought to a 12-round draw in their HBO-televised opener Saturday evening at Madison Square Garden's The Theatre in New York City.

Scores were 117-111 for Burgos, 116-112 for Martinez and 114-114 even to produce the stalemate in their 130 lb. title fight.

Burgos was hell-bent on coming up aces in his second crack at a major title. Next month will mark 10 years since his uncle, Victor Burgos won his lone title with a points win over Alex 'Nene' Sanchez. This particular matchup of Mexico versus Puerto Rico once again seemed to favor the red, white and green as Burgos delivered a masterful body attack throughout the fight.

Martinez enjoyed a mid-round surge after appearing to have fallen behind early. The defending titlist was generally the busier fighter for much of the night, though Burgos often landing the far more telling blows. Martinez took advantage of his opponent's modest punch output in the middle rounds, with that very workrate creating disparity among the judges' scorecards.

A late fight surge by Burgos seemed to be enough to seal the deal. His corner left nothing to chance, telling the challenger he was losing heading into the final round.

Whether they believed their own advice or were just trying to hype up their fighter, it proved to be accurate. It's debatable if he even took the final frame, as Martinez' superior workrate was enough to punch his way to a draw and at least one more fight as a reigning titlist.

Martinez now moves to 26-1-2 (16KO) after the first successful defense of the belt he captured last September in a vacant title win over Miguel Beltran.

Burgos comes up just short in his second try at a major title. His record now stands to 30-1-1 (20KO). His previous attempt at a belt saw the Mexican come up short in a vacant featherweight title fight loss to Hozumi Hasegawa in November '10.

Both fighters made their HBO-televised debut. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Snake... on 01-21-2013

[QUOTE=StrangerInTown;12937537]If this display of judgmental incompetence were consistent within Football, Baseball, Basketball or Hockey, we would witness new regulations and suggestions regarding the prevention of such disgrace. But Boxing just accepts the brutal decisions and moves on. Men battle anticipating…

Comment by BIGLEX on 01-21-2013

Why doesn't the title of the article say, "Highway Robbery In NY"! This is the second time Martinez received a gift decision against a Mexican boxer, beginning with Beltran. When a Mexican boxer fights a PR, you got to Knock…

Comment by StrangerInTown on 01-20-2013

If this display of judgmental incompetence were consistent within Football, Baseball, Basketball or Hockey, we would witness new regulations and suggestions regarding the prevention of such disgrace. But Boxing just accepts the brutal decisions and moves on. Men battle anticipating…

Comment by prinzemanspopa on 01-20-2013

On any objective scorecard(or at least one that actually factors in body punches) that was a near shutout.There was a single round(the eighth) where Burgos was passive and didn't do anything,but that's it. Too many giving fans too much credit…

Comment by ELPERRO on 01-20-2013

Nimodo... Good news: Puerto rico keeps a belt Bad news: Rocky Martinez is your only tittle holder. Lets just hope Ponce De Leon don't get robbed in New york/March 2nd vs Jayson Velez. That should be a great fight and…

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