Inactivity is a boxers most dangerous opponent, hours in the gym allow fighters to sharpen the tools but its been said that nothing can fully prepare for war. Four-division champion Mikey Garcia (40-2 30 KOs) found this out the hard way on Saturday night as he was defeated by European super lightweight beltholder Sandor Martin (39-2, 13 KOs).
Premature talk of future match ups with Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor all evaported overnight for Garcia who was derailed by the sharper man in Martin who took a majority decision over the sluggish Garcia at the outdoor Chukchansi Park baseball stadium in Fresno, California.
“I thought it was a good fight, you know, he fought a very good fight, he was boxing. I thought I did what was necessary, to close the gap, putting the pressure, looking for the fight. He was the one moving around, running around a lot. He was able to counter a few times but I was the one actively looking for the fight. I thought I was ahead on the cards. You know, it is what it is. There’s three judges and they decided he was the one winning the fight.
“I’m not bruised up. He didn’t put a beating on me, but it was a good, competitive fight. I thought I was winning the fight in a close matchup but, like I said, the judges saw it the other way around.
“I knew he was a very good boxer. I’ve seen some of these films, and I know he can box. That’s why I kept being the aggressor coming forward, But I couldn’t be reckless either because he was looking for those counters. I still thought I did enough to win the rounds being that I was the aggressor looking for the fight. He kept moving around using the ring. The judges this time thought that he was the one in control when I felt I was the one in control.
“I can definitely consider a rematch. I think two more rounds will probably be more beneficial. I thought I was coming on a little bit better in the later rounds, but there’s no excuses. That’s the way it is.”
Light flyweight prospect Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) continued his winning ways with the fourth round knockout of Jose Alejandro Burgos (18-5-1, 15 KOs).
Unbeaten super bantamweight Rafael “El General” Pedroza (12-0, 11 KOs) knocked out the only man to previously survive his power with a seventh round TKO over Iwier Henriquez (11-14-1, 5 KOs). Henriquez dropped Pedroza in the second but was punished for the action thereafter with the corner mercifully saving their man in the eighth.
Former WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (40-6-1, 13 KOs) needed the one round to knockout Walberto Ramos (26-11-2, 19 KOs).
In a weekend of upsets Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (25-3-1, 14 KOs) dethroned WBO light flyweight champion Elwin Soto (19-2, 13 KOs) via twelve round split decision. Gonzales largely frustrated the champion with his box and move tactics to offset the pressure of Soto. Scores were 116-112, 116-112 Gonzalez, 116-112 Soto
Remaining unbeaten, super flyweight David “El General” Cuellar (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round knockout of former world champion Moises Fuentes (25-7-1, 14 KOs). Cuellar’s landed a superb left hook to end the contest with Fuentes unable to continue.
Unbeaten welterweight star Taras Shelestyuk (19-0, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round stoppage over Ernesto Espana (31-3-1, 26 KOs). Shelestyuk finished with aplomb to get the stoppage with seconds remaining of the contest.
Super featherweight Brock Jarvis (20-0, 18 KOs) stopped Alejandro Frias (13-5-2, 6 KOs) in the fifth round but not without overcoming a wave of punishment in the second from Alejandro Frias (13-5-2, 6 KOs) who came close to the stoppage himself.
IBF cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis (28-1, 20 KOs) annihilated Artur Mann (17-2, 9 KOs) over three rounds at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia. Briedis dropped Mann in round two and followed the action with two more in the third to end proceedings. Time was 2:59..
Heavyweight Hughie Fury (26-3, 15 KOs) stopped Christian Hammer (26-8, 16 KOs) in the fifth at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle, England. Hammer was unable to continue after a bicep injury halted his night.
Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (31-2, 22 KOs) fighting under the guidance of the great Roy Jones Jr was too much for the overmatched Wanik Awdijan (28-2, 11 KOs) who after five rounds waved the white flag claiming a broken rib.
WBO female middleweight champion Savannah Marshall (11-0, 9 KOs) remained on course for a match up with Claressa Shields with a stoppage victory over Lolita Muzeya (16-1, 8 KOs). Two rounds is all it took before the referee intervened.
WBO featherweight champion Emanuel Navarrete (35-1, 29 KOs) went the distance with Joet Gonzalez (24-2, 14 KOs) in an all action affair on Friday night at the Pechanga Aren, San Diego, California. Navarrete found a willing dance partner in Gonzalez who pushed the action throughout albeit being hindered by an horrendous cut underneath his right eye. Neither man took a backward step all night but the offense of the champion was the deciding factor in the scores of 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.