Fernando Martinez grinds down bloodied Jade Bornea, retains IBF junior bantamweight title in 11 rounds


IBF junior bantamweight titleholder Fernando Martinez overcame a decided problem from Jade Bornea, scoring an eleventh spherical stoppage Saturday at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minn.

Martinez (16-0, 9 knockouts) turned up the strain within the final third of the bout, buoyed by the horrific reduce which Bornea sustained on his proper ear within the ninth spherical. The reduce was paying homage to the harm that Sebastian Lujan suffered in his 2005 match in opposition to Antonio Margarito, in one other scenario the place a excessive quantity puncher brought on a jarring ear harm.

Referee Charlie Fitch waved off the battle halfway by means of the eleventh as Bornea (18-1, 12 KOs) was unable to defend himself from the nonstop energy punching of Martinez.

All three judges had Martinez pulling away within the battle with two judges having it 97-93 whereas the third had it 98-92 on the time of stoppage.

“I undoubtedly noticed the harm within the ear. The irritation was like nothing I’ve ever seen earlier than. I hit him with a left and it popped, exploded. I even instructed the referee be cautious I believe he’s actually harm. That’s once I simply stored going on the ear and attempting to complete this battle. I stored on going for blood like a shark on a mission,” mentioned Martinez, who’s rated no. 5 by The Ring at 115 kilos.

Martinez, 31, of Buenos Aires, Argentina began slower than he had in his two earlier wins, dominant selections final 12 months over Jerwin Ancajas to elevate the belt and retain it in a choice. Bornea, a 28-year-old southpaw from Common Santos Metropolis, Philippines, boxed nicely early on, focusing on the physique and counterpunching upstairs as Martinez bowled in.

Because the battle wore on, Martinez’s aggression started to unsettle Bornea, forcing him to the ropes and creating swelling below his left eye from proper fingers.

Expertise turned an even bigger subject because the rounds progressed. Martinez, who had gone twelve rounds twice, carried his energy significantly better than did Bornea, who had by no means beforehand fought previous ten rounds.

Although the blood created a jarring visible, Bornea didn’t cease punching. What it did do was visually guarantee Martinez that his punches have been having an impact, encouraging him to proceed swinging away.

“The primary seven rounds have been fairly even, however then I had the harm to my ear. It’s unlucky, but it surely occurs. I attempted to maintain preventing to the top,” mentioned Bornea, who had been coaching in the USA for almost two years, away from his spouse and two sons, as he chased his world title dream.

Martinez says he hopes this efficiency earns him greater alternatives in a division that also options large identify champions like Juan Francisco Estrada, Roman Gonzalez and Kazuto Ioka.

“Sufficient is sufficient. I need to face the champions. We made it evident that we’re very superior to the primary contender and now we wish the really large fights,” mentioned Martinez.

The battle opened up the Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader, which is headlined by Carlos Adames vs. Julian Williams.


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