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Trainer: Burgos seeks early KO of Martinez
Trainer Gerardo Espinoza said Juan Carlos Burgos wants to be the first fighter to knock out WBO junior lightweightt beltholdere Roman "Rocky" Martinez.
NEW YORK -- Moments before taking Mexican challenger Juan Carlos Burgos through Wednesday's open media workout at the Kingsway Gym, the fighter's trainer and manager provided a swift preview of how he expects Burgos to perform against Puerto Rican WBO junior lightweight beltholder Roman "Rocky" Martinez in Saturday night's HBO-televised clash in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.
While acknowledging skills in Martinez (26-1-1, 16 knockouts) that have the 29-year-old pursuing his third straight victory, Espinoza expressed confidence that the 25-year-old Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs) will win his sixth straight fight, and his third by knockout during that run.
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 Promotions, 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.
During an interview translated by Alex Camponova, Espinoza kept his opinion short and sweet, just like he expects the fight to go -- in favor of Burgos.
We want this to be Burgos' showcase night. Nobody has knocked him out, and we want Burgos to be the one to do it. So, it's important for him to go out and to try to hurt this guy. Early.
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