Once again, Chris Martin has backers biting their nails

June 29, 2013 No Comments
The former super bantamweight champion of the world, now Gym owner and ringside commentator, Israel Vasquez (r) interviews Chris "Marvelous" Martin of Chula Vista, CA (c) after his TKO win over Raul "Bule" Hidalgo of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. All photos: Jim Wyatt

The former super bantamweight champion of the world, now Gym owner and ringside commentator, Israel Vasquez (r) interviews Chris “Marvelous” Martin of Chula Vista, CA (c) after his TKO victory over Raul “Bule” Hidalgo of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. All photos: Jim Wyatt

Friday, June 28, 2013

In Friday night’s main event at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, CA, super bantamweight Christopher “Marvelous” Martin from Chula Vista, CA gave his fans another scare.


 

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In the above collage, we see Christopher Martin (white trunks) finally getting his act together with solid combinations which in the end broke his opponent down. (bottom) we see the saddened Raul Hidalgo being consoled by his support staff.

In the above collage, we see Christopher Martin (white trunks) finally getting his act together with solid combinations which in the end broke his opponent down. (bottom) we see the saddened Raul Hidalgo being consoled by his support staff.


 

Entering the fifth round of a scheduled eight rounder, it appeared to many the slow starting boxer was behind three rounds to one. Up to that point, his opponent, Raul Hidalgo, had been the more active boxer making certain to land more and better combinations. In between rounds, both Joe Vargas, his trainer and Alex Camponovo, his promoter, voiced their concern.

It appears Martin got the message. When he saw that first opening, he took full advantage and became masterful. He couldn’t miss. He was like one of those professional dart throwers who in rapid succession keeps hitting one bullseye after another. Then, after landing a solid left to Hidalgo’s midsection, down he went, dropping to his knees. Like a house of cards, Hidalgo crumbled. He tried but he couldn’t get up. Kneeling there, you could see, not only the pained expression on his face, but his disgust that his well tuned body had let him down.

With the loss Hidalgo’s record becomes (20-9 with 16 KOs) while Martin’s improves to (27-2-3, with 9 KOs).

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In the above photos, Chris Martin is joined by his wife, cousin and finally his mother. Below we have Alex Camponovo, the General Manager of Thompson Boxing Promotions with a young fighter, Jorge "Tito" Ruiz, his father and coach, Sergio Melendrez. On this evening they were discussing Ruiz's first fight on the July 26, 2013 Thompson boxing card.

In the above photos, we see Chris Martin joined by his wife (l), cousin and finally his mother. Below we have Alex Camponovo (l), the General Manager of Thompson Boxing Promotions, joined by a new, hot prospect Jorge “Tito” Ruiz of Chula Vista, CA, who is accompanied by his father (c) and then his coach, Sergio Melendrez. On this evening they were discussing Ruiz’s upcoming fight on the next Thompson Boxing Promotions fight card of July 26, 2013.

In the Thompson Boxing Promotions video take note of the size and weight of heavyweights Justin Goslee and Jose Hermosillo. Whoever talked Hermosillo into fighting Goslee must be quite a salesperson. “Oh, by the way, in your Pro debut, we want you to fight this giant who may outweigh you by 100 lbs.”

Post fight quotes:

Martin: “I’m happy with my performance and I’m already looking forward to my next fight.”

Alex Camponovo, Thompson Boxing Promotion’s Matchmaker and General Manager, the guy who nearly had a heart attack watching the fight: “If Chris continues to win like this, I can see him fighting for a world title by the end of the year.” Hopefully, Camponovo won’t have a heart attack before that happens.  

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(bottom left) Here we see the nasty gash on Victor Sanchez's forehead. (bottom right) The two boxers pose for photos at the end of their contest.

(bottom left) Here we see the nasty gash on Victor Sanchez’s forehead. (bottom right) The two boxers Efrain Esquivias (r) and Sanchez (l) pose for photos at the end of their contest.

In the co-main event, featherweights Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1, 9 KOs) (black trunks) and Victor Sanchez (5-6-2, 2 KOs) (blue trunks) had their bout stopped early after an accidental head butt forced referee Ray Corona to halt the match at the 2:22 mark of round two after twice consulting with the ring physician. Since the bout only went two rounds, it was declared a technical draw. Instead of being upset about the stoppage, Sanchez should have been thankful because up to that point he was behind on the scorecards.

On the Undercard

(bottom left photo) Giovani Santillan of San Diego has his opponent, Adam Ealoms pinned in the neutral corner.

(bottom left photo) Giovani Santillan (r) of San Diego has his opponent, Adam Ealoms, (back to us) pinned in the neutral corner. All photos: Jim Wyatt

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At the conclusion of his bout, Giovani Santillan is show being interviewed.

At the conclusion of his bout with Adam Ealoms, Giovani Santillan is interviewed.

Jr. Welterweight Giovani Santillan (9-0, 5 KOs) from the Undisputed Fitness & Training Center in San Diego’s downtown handled Adam Ealoms (3-4-3, 1 KO) in workmanlike fashion to secure a six-round unanimous decision. All three judges had Santillan winning every round.

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Daniel “The Baby Faced Assassin” Roman (7-1-1, 2 KOs) and Manuel “El Terco” Ruvalcaba (1-5) was almost a replica of the Santillan win.

(bottom) At the conclusion of their contest, Daniel Roman (l), the eventual winner and his opponent Manuel Ruvalcaba (r) pose for photos. All photos: Jim Wyatt

The four round bantamweight contest between Daniel “The Baby Faced Assassin” Roman (7-1-1, 2 KOs) and Manuel “El Terco” Ruvalcaba (1-5) was almost a replica of the Santillan win. Roman won every round.

As a footnote, in the third round, Roman caught Ruvalcaba with a hard shot to the ribs which from that point on virtually shut Ruvalcaba down. Also, Ruvalcaba did take this fight with just one week’s notice.

Middleweight Joshua Conley had no problem maintaining his unbeaten streak as he now moves to 7-0 with 6 knockouts.

Middleweight Joshua “Young Gun” Conley (7-0, 6 KOs) had no problem maintaining his unbeaten streak. He finished off Roberto Lara in just 67 seconds of the first round.

Middleweight Joshua “Young Gun” Conley (7-0, 6 KOs) remains undefeated after a quick TKO victory over Roberto Lara (0-4). The bout, scheduled to go six-rounds, never got passed 67 seconds. Lara’s performance or should we say lack of performance was met by boos from the crowd.

As tall as he is, Justin "Big Daddy Kane" Goslee's cutman had a difficult time getting his shirt over the top of his head.

Will someone get him a ladder. As tall as he is, Justin “Big Daddy Kane” Goslee’s cutman had a difficult time getting his shirt over the top of his head.

Even though his opponent was kneeling down, Justin Goslee didn't know when to stop punching.

With a sinister glare, Justin Goslee (l) appears to be warning his opponent to stay down.

(bottom) At the conclusion of their 2 minute and 14 second skirmish, the two fighters, Justin Goslee (r) and Jose Hermosillo (l) shook hands.

(top photo) At the conclusion of their 2 minute and 14 second skirmish, the two fighters, Justin Goslee (l) and Jose Hermosillo (r) shook hands.

The bout between super-heavyweight Justin “Big Daddy Kane” Goslee of Los Angeles, who stands 6’9” tall and weighed in at 329 lbs. and Jose “Joey” Hermosillo of Canoga Park, Los Angeles, CA who stands 6’1” tall and weighed in at 234 lbs. was one of those “do you believe this?” quirky once in a lifetime bouts.

In this match, the overmatched Hermosillio was dropped three times before referee Ray Corona stopped the bout at the 2:14 mark of round one. Why was Corona reluctant to stop this bout earlier? Because, not once, but twice, Goslee, who may be the second coming of Andrew Golota, slugged Hermosillo while he was already down.

(top, far left) During intermission boxer Israel Arellano of San Diego joined some of the local fighters who were introduced to

(top, far left) During intermission boxer Israel Arellano of San Diego joined the local fighters who were introduced to the crowd. (below) Ring Card Girls, Angelica and Casey rest up before the final bout of the evening, the Main Event, featuring Chris Martin and Raul Hidalgo.

Once was bad, twice was ridiculous. Especially with most boxing fans still recalling that Super Six fiasco involving Andre Dirrell and Arthur Abraham. In the 11th round, a slick spot in the corner of the ring caused Dirrell to slip to one knee. While down, Abraham delivered a punch to Dirrell’s chin, A so-called delayed reaction followed with Dirrell lying on the canvas, unconscious and shaking. The referee ruled the blow by Abraham was an intentional foul and awarded Dirrell the victory by way of disqualification.

Some critics claimed Dirrell was not even hurt and put on quite a performance. That bout was decided by just one blow after a boxer slipped to his knees. The fact Hermosillo was hit after going down, on two separate knockdowns, you would think Goslee should have been disqualified or at the very least penalized two points.

Getting back to our comparison with Golota, Golota was the Polish fighter disqualified on two separate occasions after repeatedly hitting Riddick Bowe, the former heavyweight champ below the belt.

On the first occasion, July 11, 1996, Bowe came into the fight as the renowned champ. Golota, the “Great White Hope” was a relative unknown. What unfolded was a night of high drama as Bowe was given a boxing lesson.

Golota pounded Bowe all around the ring as if he was a novice. Then Golota was penalized for repeated low blows. At the time, it seemed a little unfair since Bowe was also guilty of dirty tactics. Anyway, Golota was very good at looking puzzled and his nonchalant reaction to having the points deducted had everyone on his side. By round #7, the referee had enough, especially after Bowe went crashing to the floor after Golota hit him well below the belt with a devastating uppercut. Golota was disqualified.

If that wasn’t sensational enough, Golota was then attacked by one of Bowe’s corner men while walking back to his corner. The man shattered his mobile phone on the Pole’s crown. Golota’s reaction was to instantly swing around and smash the much lighter man in the face which instigated a free for all in the ring.

Within seconds the ring was packed with people throwing punches and Lou Duva, Golota’s promoter, was seen lying in the ring, the victim of a heart attack. It was all too much for the crowd who then turned on each other with large numbers of people attacking each other with whatever they could get their hands on, including the auditorium chairs. It seemed to be racially fueled as the predominantly white fans of Golota clashed with the mainly black Bowe supporters. Since the event was poorly policed, the damage was costly.

In their rematch on December 14, 1996, Golota was first deducted a point in the second round for a head butt which caused a cut below his own left eyelid. In the fourth round, he was deducted a point for repeated low blows. In Round #9, while ahead on all three scorecards, he was disqualified after dropping Bowe with three successive low blows. After the bout, Bowe remained inactive for nearly eight years.

On Friday night, Goslee received a warning after that first blow to Hermosillo’s head while he was on the canvas. A few moments later, after Goslee once again knocked Hermosillo off his feet, he was right back swatting the defenseless Hermosillo with another blow to the head.

The outlawing of hitting an opponent while he is down, has been a rule, a code of honor, ever since the first rule book was written back in 1743. Hopefully, Goslee won’t be repeating this infraction in his upcoming fights.

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