Frank Martin Claims Knockout Over Romero Duno in Four!
In his latest in-ring effort, lightweight contender Frank “The Ghost” Martin (15-0, 11 KO’s) picked up his eleventh professional stoppage. The heavy-fisted southpaw accomplished this by knocking out “Ruthless” Romero Duno (24-3, 19 KO’s) in the fourth round of their dust-up.
It was the first fight of 2022 for Martin, who won his two previous scraps by way of stoppage. It was a great way to start the year for the seven-time amateur champion who is also trained by world renown Derrick James. Ranked #13 (WBA), the Ghost will no doubt be looking to position himself for a title shot in 2022.
THE GHOST TERRORIZES DUNO
The bout opened up with a standard feel-out round that saw Duno coming forward and Martin using his feet to stay out of trouble. Both men probed with their jabs yet nothing of much note landed for either.
In the second period, the Ghost established himself as the clear ring general. He easily and routinely landed two and three-punch combinations before sliding out of punch-range before eating any return fire. The same pattern of action persisted in the third, only now Duno’s face was beginning to show the wear and tear.
The tide officially turned in the fourth with about a minute to go on the clock. That was when Martin clobbered Duno with a crushing counter left hook that dropped him to the canvas. To his credit, Ruthless made it to his feet but he certainly was feeling the effects.
He would only last about twenty seconds or so more before being felled by the exact same punch. Once again, Duno mounted his feet but he swayed like a rubber man in front of a used car lot. His corner did not like his shaky legs and threw the towel in.
In the post-fight interview, Martin called for a fight with WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney.
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By: Bakari Simpson