Sergio Gabriel Martinez vs. Kermit Cintron

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2009-02-14 : Sergio Gabriel Martinez 153¼ lbs drew with Kermit Cintron 154 lbs by MD in round 12 of 12

  • WBC Light Middleweight Title (Interim title)
  • Aired On: HBO Boxing After Dark
  • Weights: Martinez 153¼ lbs, Cintron 154 lbs
  • Fight Night Weights: Martinez 164 lbs, Cintron 164 lbs

Summary

The fight was a real clash of styles with a lot of holding. The pace came started very slow in the first with both both guys being cautious. The second round was more of the same. Martinez tried to use quick combinations, while Cintron was a bit sluggish. The third was better for Martinez, who landed the better punches. Martinez opened up a cut above the left eye of Cintron in the fifth. He began to step up the pace in the sixth round, setting himself up on the outside and throwing quicker punches. Martinez tagged him with a very hard left hand in the seventh and it sent Cintron down on the mat. Cintron thought the punch was actually a clash of heads and stayed down as the referee appeared to count to ten and the bell rang to close the seventh. It appeared that the fight was called by the referee, and was over for a few minutes, with all sorts of confusion in the ring. Then it was restarted with the fight going into the eight round. Both fighters were very mad in the eight, taunting each other and throwing punches. They continued the more active pace in the ninth, as Martinez was landing more punches. Cintron came on with a very strong round in the tenth, landing big punches, but Martinez came right back and outboxed Cintron in the eleventh. During the twelfth, the referee took a crucial point away from Martinez for hitting Cintron with a punch to the back of the head. The point deduction was critical to the scores and cost Martinez the decision. Martinez stepped on the gas in the final round while Cintron was staying away and not throwing enough. In the end, Everyone was surprised by the decision.