- Sandor Martin UD-12 Joe Hughes (117-111, 119-109, 119-109)
- David Avanesyan KO-1 Jose Del Rio (2:06)
- Jonathan Alonso UD-10 Samuel Gonzalez (97-94, 98-93, 98-92)
- Samuel Molina TKO-6 Ivan Tomas (2:12)
- Artur Kyshenko UD-6 Beibi Berrocal (59-54, 59-54, 59-53)
Today at 2 pm ET streaming live on DAZN from Barcelona, Matchroom Spain launches with a card headlined by a pair of European title fights at 140 and 147 pounds.
In the junior welterweight fight, Sandor Martin of Barcelona defends his European title at home against England’s Joe Hughes, a former European champ who lost the belt in March to Robbie Davies Jr, who then vacated, allowing Martin to claim the vacant title in a bout against Andrea Scarpa, whom Hughes had beaten to win the vacant title in 2018. Also worth noting that both Martin and Hughes lost in 2017 challenges for the title against Anthony Yigit. So counting this fight, the last six European title bouts at 140 pounds will have involved a grand total of five different boxers.
In the welterweight fight, Russian veteran Avanesyan defends against Jose Del Rio, a 34-year-old Spanish fighter. Avanesyan is coming off of back-to-back wins over the very popular Kerman Lejarraga in Bilbao, first by ninth round stoppage in March and then a first round wipeout in the September rematch.
At 31, Avanesyan has been around a while — he’s a former interim WBA titleholder who beat and ultimately retired an aged Shane Mosley in 2016 before losing to Lamont Peterson in 2017. Del Rio, though he has eight losses, has only been stopped once, and is generally a durable foe.
Main Card (DAZN, 2:00 pm ET)
- Sandor Martin (35-2, 13 KO) vs Joe Hughes (17-4-1, 7 KO), junior welterweights, 12 rounds
- David Avanesyan (25-3-1, 13 KO) vs Jose Del Rio (29-8-1, 7 KO), welterweights, 12 rounds
- Jonathan Alonso (18-1, 7 KO) vs Samuel Gonzalez (22-5, 13 KO), junior welterweights, 10 rounds
- Samuel Molina (13-0, 5 KO) vs Ivan Tomas (9-1-1, 3 KO), lightweights, 10 rounds
- Artur Kyshenko (debut) vs Beibi Berrocal (17-5, 16 KO), super middleweights, 6 rounds