Mexico vs Puerto Rico battle ends in a draw
From the Complejo Ferial de Puerto Rico in Ponce Jose Martinez took on Alex Santiago in a 10 round Super Flyweight bout. This was a rematch as they fought to a draw the last time they met.
Both men started out fast letting their hands go and took turns landing shots. Everything in the first round was thrown with bad intentions as both men seemed to want to establish themselves in the fight.
Santiago came out in the second picking his spots, using his feet and getting off first. In the third it was more of the same, with Santiago was using his movement and landing shots from different angles. Martinez found a home for his left hook as he began to finally cut the ring off some.
It seemed like Martinez was a step behind throughout the fourth round as Santiago’s movement and angles were still giving him problems. Martinez was able to land some good shots in the fifth as he was able to keep Santiago in front of him. Santiago landed some power shots in a sixth round where both guys went back and forth.
Both guys kept going back and forth hitting each other with some shots, with a lot swing rounds both men would answer each other. Santiago seemed to land the better shots in the seventh and eighth round using angles and movement. By the end of the eighth it was Santiago coming forward and Martinez going backwards. Going into the final round Martinez seemed tired and both guys went back and forth hurting each other in the final round.
Ultimately, they once again fought to a draw. It looked like Alex Santiago (16-2-4,7KO’s) may have edged out the victory but Jose Martinez (20-0-2,13KO’s) should feel fortunate to get the draw.
Earlier in the night Rashidi Ellis improved to 19-0 with 13KO’s stopping Fidel Monterrosa Munoz by 4th round TKO.
Lucas Fernandez improved to 12-1-1 with 9KO’s when he got a controversial stoppage over previously unbeaten Joshua Franco (13-1,6KO’s). The stoppage came in the 9th round when Fernandez seemed to hurt Franco, then proceeded to land a few more shots and the referee decided he had enough.
Josean Serra (12-1,8KO’s) walked through Marco Antonio Sanchez (12-7-3,7KO’s) scoring a third round TKO.
Danielito Zorilla (5-0,4KO’s) remained unbeaten dropping Clifford Gray (1-4) twice in their fight to win a easy unanimous decision.
By: Wilson Urena