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Ultra Agressor Kiko Martinez Stops Romero on HBO

BY Michael Woods ON August 17, 2013
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HBOmage001Kiko Martinez took on Jhonatan Romero in the second fight of HBO's tripleheader, a super bantam bout which unfolded at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, and it was the super aggressive runt, and I use that term with all due respect, who had his hand raised in round six.

Martinez, at 5-5, didn't let the 5-9-plus Romero use a height advantage, and instead ground him down, taking away his legs, then a portion of his heart and finally his senses, to the point the ref halted the scrap, at 2:40.

Romero went 126-380, to 180-525 for the victor, and new IBF champion.

In the first, we saw the Spaniard Martinez land a left hook-right hand combo which the Colombian most definitely felt. He followed up with some rocking blows to the Colombian, who was on the ropes. In the second, the 27-year-old Martinez (20-4 entering) was the aggressor, looking to stalk as Romero sought to keep things in center ring. The longer Romero (23-0 entering) didn't use that jab to keep the shorter man out of harm's way as much as his trainer would hope.

In the third, the 26-year-old titlist got some rhythm. He used his legs to decent effect, mostly going to his left, as he pumped a jab and sometimes came underneath with a right, but more often a right cross. He slipped smartly and we wondered if he could keep up the pace, with his legs, or Martinez would wear out.

Romero got hurt in the fourth, and Martinez followed. Blood flowed from Romero's left eye, and he looked to be moving more nervously. They worked on the cut after the round, and his corner told Romero to stay away from the ropes.

In the fifth, we saw Martinez, who is by the way trained by Pablo Sarmiento, who trains Sergio Martinez, again be the aggressor. Romero again got caught on the ropes, as he was unable to stay mobile long enough for Martinez to stay a step behind. The pesky pintsizer Martinez simply stayed in his face, kept throwing, kept coming, kept winning rounds on my card.

In the sixth, Romero looked to hold, as he did in previous rounds intermittently. His hands dropped as fatigue kicked in, and the ref saw enough, finally, as he ate clean blows, and his head started to wobble. "Not a moment too soon, said HBO analyst Max Kellerman.

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brownsugar says:

Martinez looked like a accountant.... who knew he could fight like a demon.

brownsugar says:

Now that's how you beat a guy like Floyd Mayweather.

Shoulder Roll Defense says:

Now that's how you beat a guy like Floyd Mayweather.


I'm a little shocked that a boxing aficionado such as yourself would make such a foolish statement. Romero wishes he had even 1/10th of Mayweather's boxing skills. Mayweather would never square up and pull straight back with his hands down, thus allowing himself to get consistently nailed. He also knows the lost art of clinching, which is something Romero couldn't do last night. By making your statement, you inadvertently compared Romero to Mayweather. Please don't compare a C+/B level fighter to one of the all-time greats.

Radam G says:

Danggit! SRD, ditto! But that was more of a D+ fighter, who fought a C fighter who was spooked by being on the big stage of TV. Besides, no pressure fighter can beat Money May. Pressure turns him in a diamond that cuts rushing @sses up. Holla!

brownsugar says:

I'm a little shocked that a boxing aficionado such as yourself would make such a foolish statement. Romero wishes he had even 1/10th of Mayweather's boxing skills. Mayweather would never square up and pull straight back with his hands down, thus allowing himself to get consistently nailed. He also knows the lost art of clinching, which is something Romero couldn't do last night. By making your statement, you inadvertently compared Romero to Mayweather. Please don't compare a C+/B level fighter to one of the all-time greats.


I knew I wasn't going to leave the forum unscathed by my rash remark....so I take no offence at your comments.
I'm referring to the intensity of the battle. Not associating Martinez's boxing ability to Floyds neither am I comparing Martinez to Floyd as a fighter..... but simply trying to envision the last time Floyd had a challenger who applied as much pressure as enthusiastically as Martinez did last night....Jesus Chavez tried in Nov of 2001 but it wasn't enough Floyd was too big..too strong and too skilled...... in addition to this, Floyd basically gave his consent to allow Cotto to pressure him along the ropes ....But what if a fighter with the size, strength and power of Canelo applied every drop of determination to walking down the worlds P4P best?...and exerting that type of quality pressure against Floyd's 37 year old body? I think it would make things interesting to say the least. ..Floyd is not going to get out boxed...but he could be out-fought.
as far as Martinez is concerned...I haven't seen good consistent pressure like that in a while... even though he had to lead with his face...which is that bait a lesser skilled boxer has to use to entrap a fighter who is more technically proficient.

SouthPaul says:

Spoken like a true boxing aficionado, Brown Suga'. Exactly what I was suggesting last night when I said there's the blue print for Canelo. The intensity and determination of the battle.


Good eye, my friend.

amayseng says:

i see what you are both saying.. and i have mentioned it it seems for a few years...

you cant out skill floyd, or out box him, or out think him, but if you have the size and stamina you can win on

activity alone.

that activity would take a marathoners stamina and an iq high enough to do it convincingly


cotto won about 5 rounds against floyd..

did anyone watch round six like i mentioned


round 8 as well..


and cotto has NO head movement, he puts blinders on and absorbs shots, floyd kept throwing that right hook

and cotto not once had the boxing iq to adjust to it and move his head or trunk..

at 37 SRD floyd has some weaknesses, of course

amayseng says:

to beat floyd you need the activity, the FOOTwork which is most important and the skill and spacing to do it..

canelo doesnt have any of that...

he is a good fighter with good power but he is short, short arms, lacks the footwork and STAmina terribly..

it will be a decent scrap tho if canelo goes for it

brownsugar says:

We'll see Amaseng .... they claim Canelo is already breaking ribs and knocking out sparring partners .... to then point where they have to order half a dozen philly fighters a week just to keep enough sparring partners in stock.
Of course we always hear about the training tales before the main event but at least the hype is moving in the right direction. I'm getting psychologically prepared for the worst...just in case...that's how close I believe this fight will be....so I hope your right.

amayseng says:

I heard that about camp as well and it's a good sign if its true.
16 oz gloves if not thicker and headgear and he's knocking guys out and breaking ribs. So they say.

One thing I'm concerned about and maybe it's just propaganda is that a video of canelo sparring was released and the opponent was not using any footwork or slick skills. He was static and although had quick hands didn't have a style anywhere near Floyd's. I thought to myself what's the point may as well put me in there with him it'll prepare him just the same.
Canelo needs to be sparring fast slick guys with a longer reach and guys who are fleet of foot.

Floyd looks good and sharp. His footwork in training camp in July looked better then he did against the ghost and cotto.

Canelo better have that foot agility ladder out and be using it every day.

If not it'll be a long night for sure.

I would like to see canelo win, Floyd needs grounded and I think if he loses he will ultimately fight PAC.

I just think Floyd has too much for canelo even at this stage.

Floyd's endurance is uncanny.

Radam G says:

War propaganda! Canelo is probably eating ribs. The sucka is telling fibs. He ain't bursting grapes. Next they will be saying that he is kayoing gorillas from the "Planet of The Apes." Not a single one of Canelo's sparringmates can do Money May. It doesn't matter what they say. Canelo is going to be easiest pay. His arse oughta sit at the dock of the bay. And watch the time pay away. Money May is going to knock him out -- OKAY! Believe what I SAY!

Bet on Money May and phat moolah will be coming your way. Holla!

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