Felix Verdejo vs. Juan Jose Martinez Full fight video, replay, result, recap June 11, 2016 @ MGM, New York, NY, USA.
HBO Boxing lights up Broadway on the eve of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ROCKY MARTINEZ VS. VASYL LOMACHENKO AND FELIX VERDEJO VS. JUAN JOSE MARTINEZ is seen SATURDAY, JUNE 11 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from The Theater at Madison Square Garden, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
The 12-round main event is a spectacular junior lightweight showdown featuring titleholder Rocky Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs) in the second defense of his crown versus the heralded Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs). Hailing from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Martinez, 33, is ring-tested and willing to meet any challenge. Lomachenko, 28, had a brilliant amateur career, winning two gold medals as a member of the Ukrainian Olympic team. Since turning pro, he has battled elite competition, capturing a featherweight world title.
The opening bout pits fan favorite Felix Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs) against Juan Jose Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight showdown. The gem of Puerto Rico’s thriving boxing program, Verdejo, 22, calls San Juan home and is a fixture on the New York boxing scene. Martinez, 29, who hails from Mexico City, is riding a six-bout winning streak in the 135-pound division.
Launched 20 years ago, HBO BOXING AFTER DARK was the network’s initial platform for a host of exciting talents, including Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti, Marco Antonio Barrera, Fernando Vargas, Terence Crawford, Felix Verdejo, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Full Fight Recap
—–Felix Verdejo picked up his first stoppage win of 2016 with a fifth round TKO victory tonight on HBO, stopping Juan Jose Martinez in a showcase mismatch that was meant to be a more impressive performance than his last two bouts, and in some ways was.
Verdejo (22-0, 15 KO) was fairly aggressive, still missing a lot of shots, but also landed clean pretty frequently on the overmatched but game Martinez (25-3, 17 KO). He hurt Martinez quickly, it seemed, with a jab, and landed some good shots in pretty much every round, easily sweeping the first four frames of the fight.
In the fifth, he caught Martinez with a big right hand that staggered the underdog and pushed him back, then unleashed a flurry of power punches, little if any of it landing, but forcing referee Michael Ortega to step in and stop the fight at 2:40 of round five.
It occurred to me even more than before during this fight that the “problems” with Verdejo may simply be a matter of expectations and hype. He is not Felix Trinidad or Miguel Cotto, he’s not a destroyer, but he is an obviously talented young fighter who is, at worst, winning every round of all of his fights thus far. He may not live up to the hype, but he’s still on his way to a very good pro career if he keeps this up and can continue to develop.
Verdejo landed 90 of 261 (34%) of his total punches, with Martinez at 36 of 128 (28%). Those numbers included Verdejo landing 51% (63 of 123) of his power shots, compared to 30% (24 of 27) for Martinez.
Full Fight Result
— HBO boxing results: Felix Verdejo stays unbeaten, stops Juan Jose Martinez