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Jose Martinez Stops Jesus Martinez To Win NABO Super Flyweight Title

CANCUN, MEXICO (Nov. 16, 2017): Golden Boy Promotions and Cancun Boxing
initiated their new partnership in exciting fashion as *Jose “Chiquiro”
Martinez* (20-0-1, 13 KOs) captured the NABO Super Flyweight Title by
defeating *Jesus Martinez* (23-3, 11 KOs) via a brutal shot to the liver in
the fourth round of the scheduled 10-round main event of the latest edition
of *Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN* at the *Poliforum Benito Juarez* in Cancun,
Quintana Roo, Mexico. Jose Martinez hurt his opponent in each and every
round, dropping him with shots to the body in the third and fourth rounds,
the latter of which Jesus Martinez was unable to recover from. The fight
was officially stopped at :19 of the fourth round.

“I’m very happy with the win,” said *Jose Martinez*. “I thought that it
would last longer, but the goal was accomplished. The knockout is what we
wanted, though we were prepared to go the distance. I’ll let my promoter,
Miguel Cotto Promotions, decide what’s next for me. This victory is for
Puerto Rico. I want to thank all the Puerto Rican people for their support.”

*Alexis Rocha* (10-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive first-round knockout win
agains *Pascual Salgado* (12-8, 8 KOs) of Cartagena, Colombia in a
scheduled eight-round welterweight fight. Rocha, the native of Santa Ana,
Calif. with a composed southpaw style, calmly walked Salgado down before
slipping a right hand and countering with a shot to the liver. Rocha landed
a few shots on Salgado before he got to his knees, but it was very clear
that the stoppage, which occurred officially at 1:46 of the first round,
was caused by the body shot.

“I started off by throwing my jab, and I was patient,” said *Alexis Rocha.* “He
[Salgado] was throwing a lot of straight right hands, so when he threw the
right hand, I slipped it and came back with my left hook [to the body]. My
coach is always telling me to have fun, be patient and relax. I don’t want
to just rely on one punch. I want to mix it up and be just as good at
defense as I am at offense.”

*Vergil Ortiz *(8-0, 8 KOs) opened the ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 transmission
with a devastating first-round knockout win against *Evandro Cavalheiro* (9-4,
5 KOs) of Santa Catarina, Brasil in what was scheduled to be an eight-round
super lightweight fight. Ortiz, the native of Dallas, Texas who has never
heard the final bell of a fight, landed a hard right hand that dropped
Cavalheiro.

The referee gave Cavalheiro five minutes to recover, thinking it was a shot
behind the head. The fight risked being ruled a no contest, but after
review by the Cancun Boxing Commission, the fight was correctly ruled a TKO
win for Ortiz with an official time of :21 of Round 1.

“I hit him on the side of the head, but the referee saw something
different,” said *Vergil Ortiz, Jr.* “I knew he was done, but for a second
I thought I’d get disqualified or get a no contest. Then I heard it was
ruled a technical knockout, and I was delighted. In 2018, I hope to fight
for a small title.”

*Maricela Cornejo *(9-2, 2 KOs), the super middleweight of Los Angeles,
California who signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions
just yesterday, scored a six-round split decision victory against* Irias
Hernandez* (2-1, 2 KOs) of Tijuana Mexico. Cornejo won with two scores of
58-56, while one judge scored it 55-59 for Hernandez.

*Joaquin Cruz *(11-1, 1 KO) of Tlanepantla, Mexico defeated *Humberto
Morales* (11-18-2, 7 KOs) by majority decision over eight rounds of super
flyweight action. Cruz won with scores of 78-74, 79-74, while one judge had
it a 76-76 draw.

*Jose Aguilar *(7-4-1, 1 KO) of Cancun, Mexico scored a six-round split
decision win against *Jesus Trevino* (13-3, 10 KOs) of Torreon, Mexico in a
welterweight fight. Aguilar won with scores of 56-58 and 54-60, while one
judge had the fight 58-56 for Trevino.

*Jose “Churrito” Gonzalez* (7-0, 6 KOs) of Puerto Morelos, Mexico, opened
the night’s festivities with fourth-round TKO victory against *Alejandro
Gutierrez* (1-6) of Cancun, Mexico in a scheduled four-round lightweight
fight.

*Martinez vs. Martinez *was a 10-round fight for the vacant NABO Super
Flyweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with
Cancun Boxing. The event was sponsored by Tecate,* “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF
BOXING”* and Hennessy, *”Never Stop, Never Settle.” *The event took place
on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at *The Poliforum Benito Ju**árez* in Cancun,
Quintana Roo, Mexico.