YORK - Before a house filled with Irishmen celebrating
St. Patrick's Day, World Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla"
Martinez scored a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of a game Matthew
"Mack the Knife" Macklin Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square
Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up," presented by DiBella
Entertainment, provided fireworks on HBO and a strong Fight of the Year
candidate in the main event. The 37-year-old Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs)
got off the canvas, albeit a controversial knockdown, in the seventh and
then dropped Macklin twice at the end of the 11th round. Referee Eddie
Cotton halted the action on the advice of Macklin's corner.
"It was a complicated
fight," Martinez explained. "He wasn't open on defense. I knew it was a
12-round fight. I knew that it was only a matter of time. It's like
chopping a tree - little by little - and I knew he would fall."
"My right hand to
chest, straight punch to the chest, was working for me," Macklin
commented. "It was hard for him to nail me. He didn't think I could box
"Buddy stopped the
fight, I wanted to continue. (Macklin's co-promoter Brian Peters said,
'We called it in the corner. There are more days.') I worked with Buddy
on technical things. He polished me but I resorted back in the last two
or three rounds. We only had 10 weeks working together (for the first
time) to fight the best middleweight in the world."
In the "Bombs Away"
co-feature, undefeated IBF #3 Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs)
defeated tough Don "Da Bomb" George (22-2, 19 KOs) in the opening bout
on HBO. Rodriguez proved to be more skilled during the 10-round bout for
George's USBA title. The Worcester, Mass. fighter won a unanimous
decision by scores of 99-91, 97-93, 96-94.
"I feel great,"
Dominican-native Rodriguez said after the fight. "I feel tired but
happy. Ronnie (Shields, head trainer) gave me a 10 tonight. Since I've
been with Ronnie, we've been working on my defensive game and boxing.
I'm showing another dimension. I don't think I have to go out there for
three minutes every round throwing bombs. I still need to improve but,
overall, I was pleased with my performance."
Magomed Abdusalamov remained perfect, extending his pro record to 14-0
with his 14th knockout, coming against previously unbeaten Jason
Pettaway (11-1, 8 KOs) in the fourth round for the vacant World Boxing
Council Silver Championship.
New York fan favorite
Seanie Monaghan ran his undefeated record to 13-0 (8 KOs) with a
six-round decision against light heavyweight Eric Watkins (6-2).
middleweight champion Charlie Ota (20-1-1, 14 KOs), making his U.S.
debut in his hometown, registered a seventh round technical knockout
over Gundrick King (16-8, 11 KOs)
Popular Kevin "Kid"
Rooney (4-1, 2 KOs) made quick order of Anthony Shuff (0-1), stopping
him at 1:27 of the first round, and then went to work as publicist for
welterweight Carl McNickles (57-55, 57-55, 56-56) took a six-round
decision from Danny McDermott. Irish heavyweight Thomas Hardwick (5-0, 2
KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact, dropping TJ Gibson (1-2) once en
route to a unanimous four-round decision.
MAIN EVENT - MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs), Oxnard, CA/Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mathew Macklin (28-4, 19 KOs), Birmingham, UK
(Martinez retained World Middleweight title)
CO-FEATURE - SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), Worcester, MA.
WDEC10 (99-91, 97-93, 96-94.
Donovan George (22-2, 19 KOs), Chicago, IL
(Rodriguez won USBA Super Middleweight title)
Magomed Abdusalmov (14-0, 14 KOs), Oxnard, CA
Jason Pettaway (11-1, 8 KOs), Huntington, WV
(Abdusalmov won vacant WBC Silver title)
Thomas Hardwick (5-0, 2 KOs), Yonkers, NY/Dublin, Ireland
WDEC4 (39-35, 39-35, 39-35)
TJ Gibson (1-2), Duluth, MN
Seannie Monaghan (13-0, 8 KOs), Long Beach, NY
WDEC6 (60-54, 59-55, 59-55
Eric Watkins (6-2, 2 KOs), Morgantown, WV
Kevin Rooney (4-1, 1 KO), Catskills, NY
Anthony Shuff (0-2), Reidville, NC
Charlie Ota (20-1-1, 14 KOs), Tokyo, Japan/NY, NY
Gundrick King (16-8, 11 KOs), Tuscaloosa, AL
Carl McNickles (7-3, 6 KOs), Chicago, IL
WDEC6 (57-55, 57-55, 56-56)
Danny McDermott (9-3-2, 4 KOs), Jersey City, NJ
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