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Q&A: R. Martinez promises 'fireworks' against Burgos
Puerto Rican WBO junior lightweight beltholder Rocky Martinez on his clash with Mexico's Juan Carlos Burgos: "I'm looking forward to giving the fans a great fight, and a great show, and I think that we could steal the show that night."
Puerto Rican Roman "Rocky" Martinez is motivated to "steal the show" with the Jan. 19 defense of his WBO junior lightweight belt against Mexico's Juan Carlos Burgos in The Theatre at New York's Madison Square as the opening bout of an HBO-televised triple-header.
A 29-year-old who will be after his third straight victory, Martinez (26-1-1, 16 knockouts) is being trained by Raul Torres at the Edgar Martinez Gym in El Dorado, Puerto Rico, in the hopes of ending the five-fight winning streak of Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs) that includes two stoppage wins.
Martinez-Burgos will take place on a card featuring Philadelphia-based junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) in pursuit of his eighth straight triumph and his sixth stoppage win during that run against Kazakhstan-born WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs), who will be after his 12th consecutive knockout.
Promoted by Top Rank as well as the K2 and Russell Peltz promotional companies, Martinez-Burgos leads off the televised portion of a card whose main event matches featherweight contender Mikey Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) and WBO beltholder Orlando Salido.(39-11-2, 27 KOs) in a clash of Mexicans.
From his training camp in El Dorado, Martinez provided an update during this Q&A below that was translated by Top Rank's Ricardo Jiminez.
So I expect to be in a war. I think that both of us will enjoy having that type of a fight, and that's why I've prepared myself so well, because I know that it's going to be a very tough and difficult fight.
RingTV.com: What did you learn from the Burns fight, and how much does that loss serve as a motivator?
I think that my experience will show in the ring against Burgos. I think that, more than anything, the loss showed me that you have to move a little bit.
I know that I need to be a little more defensive. But, overall, I just think that I I've gained a lot of experience from that fight, and, in the fights since then.
That's what I'm going to give them. I want HBO and the fans to be excited. I want everyone to be excited about my fight.
But I also have to be intelligent and I have to be smart. I have to know when to be smart and when to box if that's necessary.
RingTV.com: Do you see a scenario in this fight breaking down to a knockout in your favor?
But it's not going to be me going out there being reckless. I need to be intelligent, and I think that I can knock him out, probably in the later rounds. But we're going to have to work for it.
I'm going to have to work for everything that I get in the ring, and that's what I've prepared myself 100 percent, one thousand percent to do.
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