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Roman Martinez Wins Gold, Beats Beltran in a War

By Ryan Burton

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas - Score one for Puerto Rico in the latest chapter of the Puerto Rico versus Mexico rivalry. Rocky Martinez (26-1-1) picked up the vacant WBO super featherweight title in an exciting split decision victory over Miguel Beltran (27-2). Beltran appeared to land the harder shots and control the pace of the fight but the judges thought otherwise. Their were many close rounds that could jhave gpone either way. The scores were 116-111 Beltran and 114-113 twice for Martinez. Beltran started out fast wobbling Martinez on numerous occasions in the first round to the delight of the many Mexican fans in attendance. Neither fighter is known for their defense and both had their moments.

Beltran landed a huge right in the 4th round that hurt Martinez which lead to a chorus of "Mexico" chants from the fans. Rocky came out aggressive, swinging wildly as he tried to turn the momentum of the fight. Rocky had his best moments of the fight until another huge right from Beltran hurt him badly at the end of the round as the fight turned int a full fledged brawl. The two way action continued in the 6th round as both fighters landed big shots. Beltran and Martinez continued to trade punches through the 8th.

Rocky dominated the 9th as he continued out landed and out worked Beltran. The Mexican picked up the pace with a dominant 10th round as the crowd became re-energized. Referee Russell Mora took what proved to be a very important point aeay from Beltran in the 11th round for pushing Martinez's head down. He had already warned him twice earlier in the fight for the same infraction. Martinez closed the fight strong in the 12th round to secure the win. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Toltec77 on 09-16-2012

[QUOTE=Enchanted;12518368]This was no "robbery", it was a very close fight that could have gone either way, but in the end, Rocky got the nod. Anyways, great fight. Hopefully they have a rematch soon. And who knows, maybe a trilogy too.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Toltec77 on 09-16-2012

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;12516999]Rocky almost got robbed with that first scorecard with we're they watching glad rocky won he earned it he was the better fighter even with a long layoff he still has that granite chin[/QUOTE] could have gone either way dirty…

Comment by UTEP on 09-16-2012

point deduction was kinda bogus but Martinez earned the decision. a rematch would only suit Martinez, no point.

Comment by cabalas on 09-16-2012

[QUOTE=Basco;12519992]He was warned and clearly continue to do it. I agree that without the deduction, the result could've been different though.[/QUOTE] Yes, the referee warned him but I guess some boxers have bad habits and with the heat of the…

Comment by Basco on 09-16-2012

[QUOTE=apocalypto;12519760]bullsht point deduction that cost beltran at least a draw[/QUOTE] He was warned and clearly continue to do it. I agree that without the deduction, the result could've been different though.

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