Tonight’s triple header was filled with action, from opening to closing, every fight was exciting.
The night opened up with Demetrius Andrade boxing circles around Vanes Martirosyan in round one, only to be dropped by a counter punch and lose the round 10-8. From that point on it looked to be mostly Andrade’s fight. Vanes had his moments throughout the fight, although he was far too inactive, especially in the second half of the fight. The HBO announcers had the fight very wide for Andrade, while Bob Sheridan and Larry Merchant had the fight very close on the Top Rank broadcast. I felt that it was a close fight, but that Andrade did more than enough to deserve the decision, although I was unimpressed by his sloppiness at times.. Andrade won a split decision, by scores of 114-113 and 117-110, with the third judge having the fight 115-112 for Martirosyan. From here Andrade has a lot of options. He could take on the winner of James Kirkland vs Glen Tapia, or he could make the move to Showtime where the big names of the division fight. I would personally love to see him take on the winner of the Erislandy Lara vs Austin Trout match in December. Although, I doubt he is ready for either man just yet.
In the co-featured bout of the night, Nonito Donaire rematched his long time rival Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan. Donaire opened the bout looking extremely sluggish and unwilling to exchange. Darchinyan fought a very composed and intelligent fight throughout the majority of the night. The fight drew a large number of boos throughout, as it was at times hard to watch. Donaire continued to fall further and further behind on the scorecards, as he once again looked confused and out of it, trying to land a single shot. As chances had it though, that one shot came. In the ninth round Donaire landed a monster left hand to the chin of Darchinyan and dropped him hard. Darchinyan was clearly on shaky legs and Donaire did not let him off the hook; he flurried against a badly hurt Darchinyan, and gave the referee no option but to stop the fight. Although Donaire won by an exciting come from behind knockout, his last two performances have to raise serious doubts about his future in the sport. In his last two fights he has won no more than three rounds in my eyes and has not looked good at all. From here it is unclear where Donaire will choose to go. Although he called out Rigondeaux after the fight, I highly doubt that he or Bob Arum have any intention of that fight taking place. For Darchinyan, this is a heartbreaking defeat, and possibly the end of his borderline hall of fame career.
In the main event, Mikey Garcia came out strong, out-boxing Rocky Martinez and landing hard crisp jabs in the first round. In the second round, as it looked like Garcia was beginning to take control of the fight, out of nowhere Martinez landed a hard right hand counter which put Garcia on the canvas for only the second time of his career. The third round was basically more of the same, as aside from the one good counter shot, Martinez was basically outclassed throughout the evening. In round eight Garcia landed a hard 1-2 which bent Martinez over and Garcia then launched into a massive left hook to the body which crippled Martinez and sent him crumbling down to the canvas. Martinez was unable to answer the ten count. We now have a new WBO junior lightweight world champion. From here the options for Garcia seem pretty unlimited; he could choose to move up in weight and challenge either Yuriorkis Gamboa, or Terrence Crawford, or he could stay at 130 and defend his title. Either way, it will be exciting to see where he goes from here.
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