Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

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. 

Tags: Roman Martinez image  
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.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (25)
Top Headlines Horn's Trainer: Brutal KO Loss to Marquez 'Haunts' Pacquiao Ward-Kovalev Rematch Replay Peaked at 947K Viewers on HBO Claressa Shields vs. Nikki Adler For WBC Title, August 4 on ShoBox De La Hoya: I Actually Hope Mayweather-McGregor is Good Fight Rigondeaux: I'll Sign Contract For Magdaleno Faster Than UPS! Easter: I'll Make it Look Easy and Will Be First To KO Shafikov Mikey Garcia: I'd Be 'A Huge Star in Boxing' If Not for Long Layoff Horn, Promoter Slam Pacquiao For Texting During Entire Presser An Opportunity for Jerwin Ancajas To Impress on Pacquiao Card UK News: Scott Fitzgerald, Ryan Burnett, Ted Cheeseman Roach Warns Horn: This is Going To Be a Short and Sweet KO! Hassan N’Dam vs. Ryota Murata Rematch - Purse Bid on July 7 Jamie Cox, Erik Skoglund Join World Boxing Super Series WBC Prez Smiles To Canelo: We Will Still Sanction Golovkin Bout! Romero Duno Heads To United States To Train For Next Fight Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face at Final Presser! Ryan Martin: Time To Prove That I'm a Real Deal Fighter Giovanni Santillan is Aiming To Knock Sammy Valentin Out Hopkins on GGG: There Will Be Blood, Mostly on Canelo's Shorts Miguel Cruz Drops Alex Martin Twice, Wins Decision in Rematch Nacho Believes Golden Boy Won't Allow Cotto-Marquez Clash Abel Sanchez: Shafikov Has "Extremely Tough" Task With Easter Horn: I Like Being Told I Stand No Chance Against Pacquiao Bob Arum: Blame Me if Pacquiao-Horn Isn't a Competitive Fight! Diego De La Hoya Ready For Battle in San Luis, Argentina Povetkin Back in Good Graces of The WBA, WBO, Says Ryabinsky Smith: Don't Think I'm Getting Deserved Credit for KO of Hopkins Pacquiao Not Looking Past Horn, But Wants Mayweather Rematch Charlo-Heiland, Washington-Miller Set For Broner-Garcia Card Mikey Garcia: Unless a Lucky Punch, I Don't See How Broner Wins Antoine Douglas vs. Bruno Sandoval Set For July 14th Roach: To Get Mayweather, Pacquiao Must Impress With Horn Sergey Kovalev Eyes New Trainer, Move To New Weight Class Photos: Vijender Singh, Zulpikar Maimaitiali - Go Face To Face Marco Huck is Pumped To Join World Boxing Super Series Uzcategui's Agent on Dirrell Rematch Order, Lawson Court Case Arum: Pacquiao-Horn on ESPN is "a Gift" for Boxing Fans Pacquiao's Future, Beyond Horn, is Uncertain at The Moment Broner Wishes He Had Always Trained as Hard as Mayweather Tyson Fury: Klitschko Let Joshua Off The Hook After Knockdown
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement