Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire Victorious In Corpus Christi
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX –
Mikey Garcia retained his undefeated record and became the new WBO junior lightweight champion defeating Rocky Martinez by eighth round KO Saturday night in Corpus Christi.
Fighting for the first time in his new, heavier weight class, Garcia entered the ring ready to gain a new title after losing his previous title for not making weight in the fight against JuanMa Lopez (a fight he also won).
After an uneventful opening round, Martinez turned the heat up by knocking Garcia to the canvas in the second round with a strong, counter right hand down the middle. Unfazed by the knock down, Garcia regained his composure and stepped up his offensive to begin round three. Consistently connecting with left hooks Garcia kept charging forward while Martinez found himself backing up with the ear muffs on for most of the round.
In the middle rounds, Martinez began to slow and appeared off balance. Forgetting about the jab that gained him entry into Garcia’s wheelhouse in the opening rounds, Martinez endured punch after punch whenever he came out of his defensive stance.
Never giving up, Martinez remained in the fight throwing blows and finding minimal connection. Unfortunately for him, none of the shots had the strength to slow Garcia down. Continuing to surge forward, Garcia connected with bomb after bomb weakening Martinez and pushing him closer to the verge of submission. When the end came, it crumbled up Martinez like a piece of paper in a 5th grade class room. The death blow? A left hook to the body that brought Martinez to his knees never to rise again.
In the co-feature event, Nonito Donaire took a step forward in his return to prominence by defeating Vic Darchinyanan in round nine of a 10 round scheduled bout by TKO.
Returning to the ring in a rematch six years in the making, Donaire didn’t start off with the fiery explosion we’ve come to expect from him. After performing well in the open rounds, he appeared cautious and out of rhythm. Standing around and not letting his hands go, Darchinyan made his way inside connecting with the heavy handed punches he’s known for. Trailing for a majority of the rounds on BadCulture’s official score cards, it looked like Donaire was cruising toward the third loss of his career.
(BC’s score cards are official in my office, not really to anyone else)
Emerging with purpose in the ninth, Donaire connected early with a solid left hook that staggered Darchinyan. A few seconds later, Donaire planted a straight right that pushed Darchinyan back, walked through a counter uppercut from his opponent then dropped Darchinyan with a second left hook with under two minutes left in the round. Like a lion ready to attack in the wilderness, Donaire back Darchinyan in the corner and continued chopping away until ring referee Laurence Call jumped in and stopped the action.
When asked in the post fight interview who he wanted to fight next:
[to Max Kellerman]
ND: “I’m gonna go with your boy, how about that?”
ND: “That’s you boy baby, you know that’s I want.”
If the Donaire that fought Darchinyan shows up to fight Rigondeaux, he’s going to take another L.
Demetrius Andrade defeated Vanes Martirosyan by split decision to become the WBO junior middleweight champion. After a minor scuffle at the weigh-in, both competitors entered the bout intense and ready to rumble.
After getting knocked down in the opening round with a counter left hook, Andrade bounced backed and dominated the rest of the bout. Despite his dominate effort, one judge ,Javier Alvarez awarded the bout to Martirosyan.
Donaire wants Rigondeaux again, should Rigondeaux make him wait 6 years? Garcia wants anybody, Kellerman mentions Gamboa, thoughts?
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