2002-01-05 Artur Grigorian w rsc 8 Rocky Martinez, Borderland Hall, Magdeburg, Germany - WBO

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2002-01-05 Artur Grigorian w rsc 8 Rocky Martinez, Borderland Hall, Magdeburg, Germany - WBO. Referee: Paul Thomas. Outboxed by the southpaw champion, the tough Martinez (135) tried his hardest but did not have the tools required to do the job. His chances became even more limited when he was cut over the right eye early on. Ever the master boxer, Grigorian (135) kept snapping out the jab and crossing the left to win round after round, and with the cut worsening the referee pulled Martinez out at 2.15 of the eighth. Initially thought to have been premature, the stoppage saved Martinez from an unnecessary beating.