At the Galen Center in Los Angeles, British contender Michael “The Problem” McKinson (22-0, 2 KOs) of Portsmouth, GBR and Alex “Chi-Heat” Martin (17-4, 6 KOs) of Chicago, IL, participated in a 10 round welterweight fight.
Martin used his reach to his advantage by using his jab to set up effective counter-punches. McKinson was not afraid to take on the role of chaser, coming forward landing some effective right hooks while using his jab as a guide to his attack.
The fight went the distance with the judges’ ruling the fight in favor of Mckinson via unanimous decision with scores of 97-93, 99-91, and 98-92.
“It was basically a clash of styles,” said McKinson. "Two tricky southpaws which I expected. I didn’t feel like I was losing too many rounds. With me fighting someone so negative, I didn’t look my best which wasn’t as exciting to the crowd. I had to stick to the game plan and be patient. I kept my distance and when I threw my shots I had to make them count.”
McKinson was originally scheduled to headline the event against dangerous puncher Vergil Ortiz, who withdrew on a few days notice with illness.
After another possible opponent fell out, he was replaced by Alex Martin, who believes he would win a rematch if given enough time to properly prepare for the contest.
“I think he’s average,” said Martin. “If we fight again in a rematch I’ll stop him. I’m not being arrogant. My timing just wasn’t there, I couldn’t click. He had good distance which surprised me because I’m usually the one keeping my distance. I was basically fighting myself."