1991-03-02 Dingaan Thobela w pts 12 Mario Martinez, Exhibition Hall, San Jose, California, USA - WBO
1991-03-02 Dingaan Thobela w pts 12 Mario Martinez, Exhibition Hall, San Jose, California, USA - WBO. Referee: Rudy Ortega. Scorecards: 120-109, 118-111, 119-111. Showing fast hands, the champion was soon into his stride as he speared Martinez (135) with the left jab and prevented him from getting inside where he could do his best work. It was only in the sixth and seventh rounds that Thobela (134½) chose to fight Martinez’s fight and even when going toe-to-toe with his opponent he proved superior. By the 11th Thobela was way out in front, with Martinez damaged over both eyes, and he continued to work the jab through to the final bell where he was given a decision that was less than generous on two of the cards.
[Category: 1991 Lightweight Title Contests]]