Tijuana, Mexico's Juan Carlos ''Mini'' Burgos, 24-0 (17), remained undefeated; keeping his WBC number two featherweight ranking intact with a final round stoppage over a game, late substitute in Juan Carlos Martinez, 15-11-1 (5), in the ESPN2’s televised “Friday Night Fights” main event at the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas.
The lanky and taller Burgos looked to fight at a distance in the first two frames, as Martinez was able to land in spots with
straight hands looking solid; this despite the one-week, twenty-pound losing effort, in order to make the weight limit prior to the fight.
Burgos began to work the angles and some body work in the fourth round, with Martinez making himself a hard target to land on, due to his very good side-to-side head and lateral movement.
Martinez and Burgos traded body shots in the fifth, with Burgos eager to exchange.
Hard, stinging shots began to land on Martinez in the seventh and eighth rounds, as Burgos began to really put on the pressure.
Burgos stunned Martinez with a stiff right hand in the tenth round, with the latter showing a very good chin absorbing the follow up shots.
Martinez would keep marching forward, walking into hard shots in the eleventh round as Burgos looked calm; measuring his opponent.
Burgos would finally catch his determined opponent in the final round, sending him to the canvas. After getting up, Martinez would get caught with three head-jolting shots, prompting referee John Schorle to step in and stop the fight at 1:07 of the final round..
Andrade Stops Guareca In One.
In the co-featured bout, super welterweight Demetrius Andrade, 9-0 (7), disposed of fellow southpaw Bernardo Guereca, 15-10-1 (3), with a counter right hook in the first round. Guereca, unable to get up forced referee John Schorle to call the bout off with 1:18 remaining.
Evans Decisions Escamilla In Four.
Super featherweight Yaundale Evans, 6-0 (3), fighting out the southpaw stance, scored a flash knockdown over Gino Escamilla, at the onset of the first round. Escamilla made it a brawl in the closing seconds of the round.
Evans dropped Escamilla once more at the start of the second round, as a wobbly-legged, still hurt fighter held on, while in close; surviving for the rest of the round. Evans failed to capitalize, ending the round with a cut alongside his right eye suffered during an exchange.
A game Escamilla hung in there and made in it tough for Evans for the rest of the fight, with Escamilla losing via 60-52 (twice) and 59-53 at the end of four.
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