Jhonatan Romero-Kiko Martinez Set For HBO Triple, 8/17

By Jake Donovan

Jhonatan Romero was hoping for a notable name in the opposite corner for his first defense of the 122 lb. title. The unbeaten champ gets his wish, as he will face Spain's Kiko Martinez on August 17 in Atlantic City.

The bout will serve as part of a televised tripleheader on HBO, with middleweight titlist Daniel Geale defending against British contender Darren Barker in the evening's main event.

Romero makes his first ring appearance since winning the vacant belt earlier this year in a well deserved split decision over Alejandro Lopez.

Talks were in place for his first defense to come against former bantamweight titlist Joseph Agbeko, who made a triumphant ring return earlier this year following a forced 15-month break. The two camps were close to finalizing but negotiations ultimately hit a wall.

In came Martinez (28-4, 20 KO), a perennial bridesmaid at the top level of the 122 lb. division. The Spaniard is best known for his shocking 1st round knockout of Bernard Dunne back in 2007, as well as his all-action style. He is coming off of a knockout win over David Marchiano, which in turn came on the heels of a heartbreaking 9th round knockout loss to unbeaten contender Carl Frampton late last year.

The upcoming title defense marks Romero's debut on cable giant HBO.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 07-02-2013

[QUOTE=Rajon34;13525391]Romero is gonna be on the top P4P list can't wait[/QUOTE]He's good but he's not special. Top PFP I doubt very seriously.

Comment by calamaro on 07-02-2013

WAR KIKO WAR!!!! He has the power to stop Romero, but I´m afraid colombian is too slick.

Comment by AgainstTheRopes on 07-02-2013

Why is a card being headlined by a British boxer who has only fought once in America and an Australian making his US debut being held in Atlantic City?

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 07-02-2013

Eh? Gets stopped. Pops for PEDs and gets a title shot... Boxing. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 07-02-2013

No hating on the up and comers or Europe fighters but HBO is lacking alot of star power with these cards. A year ago a lot of these guys fighting on HBO would have not been on the network.

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