Martinez drops Dzinziruk 5 times en route to an 8th round stoppage
WBC “emeritus” middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez, 36 years-old from Argentina, scored an impressive eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBO jr middleweight champ Sergei Dzinziruk, 35 years-old from Ukraine, to capture the WBC Diamond belt and retain his Ring Magazine belt, live on HBO World Championship Boxing on 12th March night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The WBC Diamond belt, green and gold, has an 18-carat gold plate, 598 diamonds, 196 emeralds, rubies and 156 Swarovski gemstones. It costs approximately $50.000,00 and is regarded as a bonus when there is no title at stake.
The 2010 Fighter of the Year “Maravilla” Martinez continued his domination of the middleweight division and cemented his top echelon pound-for-pound status.
Martinez outclassed Dzinziruk from start to finish, using his superior hand and foot speed, as well as his power against the reigning WBO junior middleweight champion. Martinez dominated from the outset as he scored well from the outside and easily moved away from the jab of Dzinziruk.
By the fourth Martinez began to open up and score more easily. Mid round, a left hand in the midst of a 4 punch combo caused Dzinziruk to take a knee. Martinez continued his dominance and scored a knockdown on a jab left hand at the end of round 5. Dzinziruk had perhaps his best round in the 7th when he finally opened up and landed some good jabs and left hands.
The two southpaws restored the status of the jab as a valuable attacking weapon early on and Martinez was bleeding under the left eye at the end of the seventh round.
Martinez stormed back in the 8th and scored an early knockdown on a counter left hand. Dzinziruk rose on shaky legs only to be knocked down by a second counter left hand. He gamely fought on but one more flurry from Martinez dumped Dzinziruk on the seat of his pants and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. called the fight at 1:43 of round 8.
Sergio Martinez outjabbed the jabber, landing 147 of 384 jabs (385) to 80 of 242 (33%) for Sergei Dzinziruk. Overall, Martinez landed 226 of 593 total punches (38%) to 161 of 413 (39%) for Dzinziruk.
Martinez notches another big win and improves to 47-2-2 with (26).
His only losses were to Antonio Margarito (TKO 7) in February 2000 and Paul Williams (points 12) in December 2009. In a return fight, he knocked out Williams in the second round last November.
Dzinziruk, who Dzinziruk was an outstanding amateur and won a silver medal at the 1997 world championships, loses for the first time and drops to 37-1-0 (23).
Andy Lee W TKO 10 Craig McEwan
The “Celtic War” was just that and more as two exciting middleweights, Ireland’s Andy Lee, 26 years-old, and Scotland’s Craig McEwan, 28 years-old, turned in an early Fight of the Year candidate.
Lee, 25-1-0 (19), won his “Celtic War” against previously unbeaten Craig McEwan, 19-1-0 (10), scoring a spectacular tenth round TKO.
A tactical match-up of southpaws quickly turned into a spirited bout with both fighters doing serious damage.
Lee started out boxing well in the opening stanza but it didn’t take McEwan long to get cooking and he pressed the action and hammered Lee through out the early half of the fight.
McEwen was dominant over the first half of the fight and was leading on all three judges’ scorecards after eight rounds (77-75 twice and 78-74), but the fight dramatically changed when Lee, looking tired and on the verge of defeat, unleashed a terrific right-left combination that sent McEwan to the canvas with less than 30 seconds left in the ninth. Going into the final round, the fight was dead even on two cards (85-85 for judges Clark Sammartino and Glenn Feldman) with McEwan leading on the third, 86-84 (Don Ackerman).
Lee came out for the final round with a series of well placed shots and finished the show, pounding the game McEwan into submission as referee Steve Smoger jumped in to end the fight 56-seconds into the 10th as McEwan was going down. It was a dramatic ending to an exciting fight.
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