For a moment in round two, it looked like we might have a fight. Rocky Martinez popped Mikey Garcia with a counter right hand that put the favored challenger on the canvas, an unexpected development that, well, meant very little in the end. Garcia took over from there and won pretty much every moment of the fight otherwise, finally knocking out the very tough and durable Martinez at 56 seconds of the eighth round on a nasty left hook to the body.
Garcia (33-0, 28 KO) is now the WBO super featherweight titlist, winning his second belt this year, after taking the WBO featherweight title in January, which he lost on the scales this summer. The affable Garcia was simply caught with a good shot from Martinez, who took his time getting up, seemed to acknowledge he'd made a mistake, and was never in any danger otherwise.
Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KO) didn't apply much pressure in the fight, and that wound up with him easily outboxed by Garcia, who gained more and more confidence and threw some good shots to the head. With Martinez staggered a bit by a headshot early in the eighth round, Garcia took advantage of Rocky covering up and landed a lethal hook to the liver. Referee Laurence Cole counted ten over Martinez, and the fight was over.
It was another highly impressive performance by a skilled, well-rounded boxer-puncher. After the fight, Garcia was asked about Yuriorkis Gamboa, and said he was open to that fight or any other, even if it means going to 135 pounds.
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