Xavier Martinez out-slugs Juan Carlos Burgos; wins unanimous determination
Xavier Martinez (16-0, 11ko) is a rising junior light-weight at present ranked #2 by the WBA. He had an novice document of 85-10 earlier than turning professional on the age of 17 in Tijuana, Mexico. He was signed to Mayweather promotions that very same yr in June 2016. In October 2020, the younger prospect was severely examined in a step-up struggle in opposition to powerful Dominican veteran fighter Claudia Marrero. Marrero misplaced to each title contenders Child Galahad and Tugstsogt Nyambayar. Martinez had to overcome adversity by getting up off the canvas twice in the eighth round and showed a lot of heart, fighting strong over the last four rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Juan Carlos Burgos (34-4-2, 21ko) is one other powerful veteran fighter from Mexico. He has fought for titles in each, the featherweight and junior light-weight divisions, in opposition to champions reminiscent of Hozumi Hasegawa, Roman Martinez, Mikey Garcia after which contender Devin Haney in September 2018. Burgos would lose all of his excessive profile fights. Nonetheless, he has by no means been stopped and, at 33-years outdated, remains to be able to pulling off an upset, if taken flippantly.
A lower than spectacular opening spherical would see Burgos come ahead trying to use stress. To the credit score of Martinez, he would hold his composure. In doing so, he would time and counter Burgos with some sneaky, fast proper fingers. Rounds two and three would see a significant uptick in motion!
The next rounds could be fought in shut quarters, as Burgos pushed Martinez again onto the ropes. Sadly for him, whereas he did land some stable pictures of his personal, it was Martinez who was touchdown the tougher, cleaner pictures. The fitting and left fingers from Martinez would briefly cease Burgos in his tracks.
Watching this Martinez v Burgos struggle, it’s clear that neither man ever thought-about protection! The offensive motion within the center rounds was nothing wanting entertaining. Burgos dug constantly to the physique, and Martinez would do nothing however headhunt. Spherical six could be a battle of two halves. The primary portion of the spherical was all Martinez who was fast to the punch. Burgos would storm again, throwing exhausting combos to the pinnacle and physique of his unbeaten opponent.
The latter a part of the struggle was Struggle of the Yr worthy. Each males let their fingers fly with unhealthy intentions for his or her opponent. The physique work from Burgos was spectacular however didn’t appear to faze Martinez even within the late levels of the struggle. The 2 males would shut the present buying and selling huge pictures till, and past, the bell.
At 33 years outdated, Burgos confirmed that he nonetheless has some fuel left within the tank, if he chooses to proceed his profession. For Martinez, he confirmed he has the flexibility to be a reputable contender for a very long time. His stable energy, counter-punching skill and stable expertise will make him a tricky out for a lot of fighters at junior light-weight.
On the finish, Martinez could be introduced because the winner, successful the struggle by the use of a unanimous determination (99-91 on three playing cards). The followers booed the choice as Burgos received greater than the one around the judges scored for him. Xavier Martinez improves his document to 17-0, 11 KOs. This win pushes him nearer to a doable title shot within the close to future.
By: Jerrell Fletcher
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