Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kennedy, Martin Bring Back The 'Fight' in Friday Night

By Cliff Rold, photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

In a spirited main event between quality rising young Jr. Featherweights, 25-year old Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KO) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 25-year old Christopher Martin (23-1-3, 6 KO) of Chula Vista, California, both managed to avoid a second consecutive defeat in their careers.  Instead, they settled for a dramatic draw over ten rounds on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Both men weighed in a half-pound below the division limit of 122 lbs.  The referee was Jay Nady.

Martin landed first after a few misses from both, a single quick left jab.  Kennedy responded by moving forward with his own left lead.  They traded jabs, Martin pushing an off balance right uppercut and missing with a wide left hook.  Both men missed big shots near the ropes, both men struggling with timing each other.  Kennedy blocked a three-punch combination, and then took a shot to the body, in the closing seconds.

A lead left landed for Martin as he circled to his left near the start of the second.  In close quarters at ring center, Kennedy started to land to the body and, moments later, near the ropes, just missed with a left.  Martin found three rights in the final minute and then another pair of quick blows. 

A Kennedy right over the top caught Martin on the side of the head after each man took turns measuring with the jab in the third.  Kennedy landed another right in a close quarters exchange near the ropes.  A partly blocked Martin left caught Kennedy but it was Kennedy again to the body as the fight moved towards the ropes.  A counter Kennedy right landed as Martin attempted a lazy right uppercut. Kennedy used the opportunity to open up briefly as Martin went to the ropes.  A Martin flurry closed the frame, countering a missing Kennedy right.

The more active Kennedy pressed the action at the start of the fourth, Martin attempting big shots between attacks.  Into the final minute, Kennedy was struggling to find openings while Martin landed some stiff uppercuts and thudding single body punches.  A hard Martin right landed in the final ten seconds.

With Martin again against the ropes, Kennedy did quality work in the fifth, landing a right, then a left and right.  A left hook landed as Martin moved into a corner again shortly after.  Martin tightened his defense, blocking as Kennedy came forward, countering Kennedy with a right to the body.       

Referee Jay Nady warned Kennedy for a low blow in the sixth, Kennedy also landing a sharp left before the break.  Both men landed lefts just before the midway mark.  Still being out thrown, it was Martin landing the clean single shots in the second half of the round.  In the closing seconds, Kennedy broke through with a left uppercut, Martin responding with a shot to the body.

Swelling around the right eye, Kennedy took a counter left and answered with a straight right in the first minute of round seven. Kennedy drew a second warning for low blows and seemed to slow his attack.  Martin took advantage, throwing more as the fight reached a pace he liked.  Kennedy went to the floor in the waning seconds, Nady correctly ruling a slip. 

In round eight, the steady flow of Kennedy punches resumed, out-countering Martin through the first half while also landing first most often.  Two body blows and a left to the head landed for Kennedy near the corner inside the final minute.  Martin managed a few clean counters in the final twenty seconds, but all one at a time.

There was more bounce in the step of Martin to start the ninth but the game of hard counters versus volume would not abate.  It was a scoring nightmare and anyone’s fight heading into the tenth and final round.

Both men came out winging but not much was landing early in the round.  Martin landed a hard right counter off the ropes but stayed against the strands as Kennedy stayed touching him, waiting for a chance to land a loaded bomb.  They traded to the body before leaning against each other to catch their breath.  A crisp Martin left off the ropes seemed to stun Kennedy but he kept his feet.  Moments later, again with Martin to the ropes, it was Kennedy with a couple of big lefts.  Both men let their hands go at the clap to signal the final ten seconds and the fight went into the hands of the judges.

Ultimately, there would be no victor.  The greater activity of Kennedy carried one card at 97-93 but was overruled by twin counts of 95-95.  It was hard to fault the decision and fans got their money’s worth without a conclusive ending.

The televised card kicked off in the Jr. Welterweight division.

25-year old Cuban former World Amateur Champion and 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Yordenis Ugas (11-0, 5 KO), 141 ½, of Miami, Florida, used an early knockdown and consistent attack to earn a lopsided unanimous decision in the televised opener.  Ugas was never seriously tested on the night but 31-year old Esteban Almaraz (10-5, 4 KO), 142, of Harlingen, Texas, gave a respectable effort for all eight rounds.

The knockdown came in the very first round, Ugas using a left to the body to blind Almaraz to a right coming over the top.  Almaraz rose quickly and didn’t appear particularly hurt.  Coming into the bout, Almaraz had never failed to finish.  Ugas never really forced the issue enough to see if he could change that.  Almaraz worked hard and managed to get on the board on two of the judges scores but it was a moral victory alone, Ugas hand raised at 79-72 twice and a shutout 80-71.            

The referee was Hall of Famer Joe Cortez.

The card was televised in the U.S. on ESPN2 as part of its “Friday Night Fights” series, promoted by Top Rank.

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fightscore on 01-14-2012

Caught up with this fight today , it would have been a cracker for my blog as it was a very hard fight to score. I scored the fight 96-94 Kennedy although the draw OR a Martin win would have…

Comment by nycsmooth on 01-14-2012

2 things evident is neither have anything resembling a punch & both need major help in knowing what defense is, though Martin had good head/body movement...

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines David Haye is The Latest To Entertain Facing a UFC Fighter Mikkel Kessler Ring Return in Play For World Boxing Super Series Bradley Skeete vs. Shayne Singleton Set, June 2 In Brentwood Shumenov vs. Dorticos Headed To Palms in Las Vegas, April 29 Brook vs. Spence Tickets - Fight Pass Pre-Sale Sold Out Pacquiao Adviser: Pacquiao-Horn Deal Being Finalized For July 2 Petrov's Promoter Could See 'Fight of The Year' With Flanagan Kathy Duva Explains Why Barrera is Not Fighting Artur Beterbiev Luis Ortiz's Manager Explains Why They Signed With Al Haymon Charlo's Trainer, Hatley Argue About Results of Spence Sparring Frank Warren: 1 Mill For Crolla To Face Flanagan, is Hearn Joking? Liam Smith Hopes To Land Miguel Cotto Showdown Thomas Stalker To Return In Leicester, April 22 Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh: Anthony Yarde Added To Card Tony Bellew Admits He May Possibly Fight "Three" More Times Carson Jones: Kell Brook Will Beat Errol Spence! Marcos Reyes Plans Shocker: David Lemieux is NOT Invincible 30 years later, Tim Ryan on Leonard-Hagler and the Golden Age Mikey Garcia: If Gamboa Can Get a Title, I Would Fight Him Miguel Cotto Ring Return Being Positioned For June 24 Jermell Charlo: Hatley Hasn't Fought Near My Level of Competition Kudryashov-Durodola Rematch - WBC Final Eliminator, May 20 Juan Manuel Marquez Files Lawsuit Over Fraud, 2.3 Million Stolen Luis Ortiz: After My April Fight - I Want Wilder, Joshua or Parker! Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Receives Hero's Welcome at Home Arum Tired of Waiting, Gives Pacquiao Deadline To Decide on Horn Sullivan Barrera: Parker Fight is Another Step To a World Title Luis Ortiz vs. Derric Rossy Possible For Berto-Porter Card Froch: We May See The 'Best and Last' of Klitschko With Joshua Photos: Alberto Machado, Juan Jose Martinez - Go Face To Face Mayweather Gets Partial Win Over Ms. Jackson in Court Ruling Fonfara: Training With Virgil Hunter Will Make Me a Better Fighter Francisco Vargas Might Not Return to Ring Until Sometime in 2018 Samuel Clarkson: I'm Ready To Go To War With Dmitry Bivol! Josh Kelly will face Jay Byrne in Pro Debut on Burns-Indongo Luis Ortiz Inks Pact With Al Haymon Frank Warren Hits Golovkin With Deadline To Ink Saunders Deal Canelo vs. Chavez - Movie Theater Information Photos: Marco Huck, Mairis Briedis - Face To Face at Final Presser Joe Cordina To Make Pro Debut on Murray-Rosado Card, April 22
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement