Burgos and Martinez fight declared a split draw, decision questionable
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 21, 2013) Photo © Chris Farina / Top Rank
Defending WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) escaped with a split draw (and his title) against challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) in another dubious decision at the Theater at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.
The fight was the opening bout of the HBO Boxing After Dark series.
In round one, both fighters came out throwing serious punches. Burgos did well with his left while Martinez found pay dirt with his right. Burgos, taller by two inches, connected with a left right to the chin of Martinez. The champion stung Burgos with a left hook. Burgos kept his range and jabbed.
Burgos kept the action in the middle of the ring in round two. Martinez forced the action, but ran into a couple of combinations. Burgos continued to out box Martinez. In round three, Martinez tried to find a way to get under the long jab of Burgos. His winging shots were finding air. Burgos landed two shots to the body while Martinez countered with a left. Burgos found Martinez with two short uppercuts.
Burgos, 25, stalked Martinez in round four. He leaned against the ropes and ripped Martinez with uppercuts. Martinez landed a right that had no effect. As Martinez reached, Burgos landed a left hook to the belly. Burgos had won every round on the doghouse boxing scorecard.
In round six, Burgos landed two hard lefts to the side of Martinez. Those punches hurt, Martinez, as tough as they come, landed a heavy right that knocked Burgos back a step.
The last half of the round was all Martinez. His pressure kept Burgos on the ropes. The younger fighter was in search of his second wind.
Martinez, 29, kept eating punches in round seven. Burgos went back to using his legs and boxing. Martinez stepped in and landed a good right hand to the chin. Burgos went back to the body. Burgos was back on his toes in round eight. Martinez connected with a lead right. The pace of the fight slowed as Burgos missed a number of punches. Martinez took advantage by working the body.
In round nine, Martinez pushed Burgos into the ropes. Burgos strafed Martinez with four vicious body punches.
With his corner extolling him to throw more punches, Martinez tried to up his intensity in round 10. Burgos knocked Martinez back with two hard hooks to the ribcage. Burgos went back to the Martinez head later in the round. Martinez ran into another numbing left near the end of the round. Burgos still had enough in the tank to move and jab in round 11. His step around left couldn’t miss. Martinez kept looking for an opening that wasn’t there.
The 12th and final round was action packed. Burgos connected to the body and head. Martinez asked for more. Burgos obliged him by standing in the center of the ring and slugging. Martinez was fighting on guts alone. Burgos punctuated the fight by connecting with a hard left.
Scores were as follows: Judge Weleska Roldan scored it 117-111 for Burgos, Tony Paollilo had it 116-112 for Martinez (stunning), and John Signorelli scored it 114-114.
Doghouseboxing scored the bout 116-112 for Burgos.
A rematch is a forgone conclusion.
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