Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Martinez outpoints Beltran
Rocky Martinez defeated Miguel Beltran Jr. by split decision in an entertaining brawl on the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Arena.
LAS VEGAS – Rocky Martinez defeated Miguel Beltran Jr. by split decision in an entertaining brawl on the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Arena.
The fighters held nothing back from beginning to end, throwing one hard punch after another, although neither went down in a very close fight. The scores were 116-111 for Beltran and 114-113 and 114-113 for Martinez, who lost a point for punching behind the head.
Martinez (26-1-1, 16 knockouts), from Puerto Rico, won the WBO junior lightweight title. Beltran (26-2, 17 KOs) is from Mexico.
In other fights, Matthew Macklin of England, who was coming off a KO loss to Martinez in March, stopped Joachim Alcine (33-3-1, 19 KOs) only 2:26 into their scheduled 10-round middleweight fight.
Macklin (29-4, 20 KOs) put Alcine down and hurt him with an overhand right and the Canada-based Haitian never recovered. He went down again and then was being pummeled against the ropes until the fight was stopped.
And Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) easily outpointed Robert Marroquin (22-2, 15 KOs) of Dallas to retain his WBA junior featherweight title. It was Rigondeaux’s second defense.