Román Martínez (boxer)

Román Martínez
Roman Martinez.jpg
Martínez in 2008
Nickname(s) Rocky
Rated at Super featherweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1983-01-31) January 31, 1983 (age 33)
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 29
Wins by KO 17
Losses 3
Draws 3

Román "Rocky" Martínez (born January 31, 1983) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. He is a three-time former WBO junior lightweight champion.

Professional career

Early career

On December 22, 2001, Martinez began his professional career, beating fellow Puerto Rican Wilfredo Ramos with a fourth round knockout on the undercard of a bill headed by Irving Garcia in Manatí, Puerto Rico.[1] After defeating Ricky Piedra by knockout, he won his first decision against Israel Galarza.[2] During the next year, Martínez defeated Richard Boyd, Adisone Sengaroun and Joe Johnson by knockout and Israel Coraliz by unanimous decision, before scoring the first draw of his career against Jose Leonardo Cruz. After six months of inactivity, he returned to action on April 23, 2004, defeating Celestino Rodriguez by technical knockout. Martínez fought once more in 2004, defeating Johnny Walker by unanimous decision. On January 27, 2005, he fought Mario Lacey, defeating him by knockout after scoring three knockdowns in the fourth round. After defeating Derrick Moon by unanimous decision, Martínez fought to ten rounds for the first time in his career, defeating Jose Luis Soto Karass by unanimous decision. This fight was followed by eleven months of inactivity, when he returned to action by defeating Wilfredo Vargas by technical knockout in three rounds.

Super featherweight division

On November 17, 2006, Martínez fought in the super featherweight division for the first time, defeating Baudel Cárdenas by technical decision in the tenth round.[2] With this victory, he won the vacant WBO Latino super featherweight title, a regional championship sanctioned by the World Boxing Organization.[2] Three months later he competed for his second professional championship against Francisco Lorenzo. Martínez won the contest by split decision and received the WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title. After defeating Genaro Trazancos by technical knockout in a non-title fight, he participated in a unification match against Daniel Jimenez. Martínez won by knockout in the twelfth and final round, retaining the Inter-Continental super featherweight title and winning the WBO NABO super featherweight championship.[3]

On February 23, 2008, he defended the first of these titles against Jose Anibal Cruz, winning by technical knockout in the third round. This was followed by a preparatory fight against Cristian Favela in the lightweight division, which he won by unanimous decision, with scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 99-91. On August 30, 2008, Martínez defended the NABO super featherweight title against Santos Benavides, winning the contest by technical knockout in the sixth round. He entered this fight ranked third in the WBO and expected to receive a championship opportunity against then-champion Alex Arthur if he won.

Martinez vs. Cook

On September 9, 2008, Nicky Cook defeated Arthur and inherited Martínez as his first contender. A fight between both pugilists was scheduled for March 14, 2009, as part of a card organized in Manchester, England. Early in the fight, Cook began his offensive by throwing jabs. Martínez responded by approaching his opponent to fight inside.[4] Both connected solid body punches in the first two rounds. Cook closed the second stanza by injuring Martínez with a left hook, which he followed with a combination before the bell.[4] During the third, they continued exchanging body punches, displaying tentative behavior throughout the period.[4] In the fourth round, Martínez scored a knockdown, which was quickly followed by a hook that left Cook partially unconscious.[4] The referee intervened immediately, awarding Martínez a technical knockout victory and his first world championship.[4]

Martinez vs. Viloria

In his first defense, Martínez competed against Feider Viloria. The first stages of the fight were slow, being used as study rounds by both pugilists.[5] In the second round, Martínez began pursuing the offensive, forcing Viloria to employ a defensive strategy.[5] This continued during the following chapter, when a previous injury re-opened under the challenger’s right eye. In the fifth round, both boxers traded combinations, with Martínez scoring the best punches.[5] Viloria countered by employing multiple combinations during the following chapter, winning the round. Consequently, Martínez was more aggressive during the latter part of the fight. In the ninth round, he scored a combination that left Viloria unconscious, winning the contest by knockout.[5]

Martinez vs. Munguia

On May 29, 2010, Martínez made his second defense after eight months of inactivity.[6] His opponent was Gonzalo Munguía of Nicaragua. The contest opened with Gonzalo Munguía, who was physically stronger pursuing direct exchanges, while Martínez employed an uncommon strategy of technical sidestepping and counterattacks.[6] During the second, Munguía employed his offensive to the body, but received a left hook that staggered him to close the round. The following round opened with both boxers exchanging, Martínez was able to gain control after thirty seconds.[6] Munguía lowered his offensive output in the fourth round leaving openings in his defense. Martínez was able to exploit this, scoring a knockdown.[6] Munguía was unable to stand up before the referee’s protective count concluded and the contest was stopped by knockout.[6]

Martinez vs. Beltran

On September 15, 2012 during a fight at Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.A., Martinez defeated the Mexican Miguel Beltran, Jr. winning the WBO Jr. Lightweight vacant title. The fight end as a split decision 2-1: judges Clark Samartino and Duane Ford voted 114-113 for Martinez, and judge Lisa Giampa 116-111 for Beltrán, Jr.

Martinez vs. Garcia

On November 9, 2013, Martinez was challenged by former WBO Featherweight champion Mikey Garcia for Martinez's title. Martinez knocked Garcia down in the second round with a counter right hand. Martinez could not press his early advantage and Garcia recovered and dominated the rest of the fight. A heavy Garcia left hook to the body in the eighth round left Martinez floored and unable to get up before the referee counted to ten. The victory meant Garcia is the 130 lbs WBO champion.[7]

Professional boxing record

35 fights, 29 wins (17 knockouts), 3 losses (2 knockout), 3 draws[8]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 29-3-3 Ukraine Vasyl Lomachenko KO 5 (12), 1:09 2016-06-11 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Defending WBO super featherweight title
Draw 29-2-3 Mexico Orlando Salido SD 12 2015-09-12 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO super featherweight title
Win 29-2-2 Mexico Orlando Salido UD 12 2015-04-11 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan Won WBO super featherweight title
Win 28–2–2 Ghana Herbert Quartey KO 2 (10) 2014–12–20 Puerto Rico El San Juan Resort and Casino, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Loss 27-2-2 United States Mikey Garcia KO 8 (12) 2013-11-09 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas Lost WBO super featherweight title
Win 27-1-2 United States Diego Magdaleno SD 12 2013-04-06 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau Retained WBO super featherweight title
Draw 26–1–2 Mexico Juan Carlos Burgos SD 12 2013-01-19 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Retained WBO super featherweight title
Win 26-1-1 Mexico Miguel Beltrán, Jr. SD 12 2012-09-15 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBO super featherweight title
Win 25-1-1 Nigeria Daniel Attah TKO 6 (12) 2011-10-01 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón Won WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Loss 24-1-1 United Kingdom Ricky Burns UD 12 2010-09-04 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Lost WBO super featherweight title
Win 24-0-1 Nicaragua Gonzalo Munguía KO 4 (12), 1:48 2010-05-29 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón Retained WBO super featherweight title
Win 23-0-1 Colombia Feider Viloria KO 9 (12), 2:59 2009-09-12 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan Retained WBO super featherweight title
Win 22-0-1 United Kingdom Nicky Cook TKO 4 (12), 2:20 2009-03-14 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, England Won WBO super featherweight title
Win 21-0-1 Colombia Walter Estrada UD 10 2008-12-13 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan
Win 20-0-1 Nicaragua Santos Benavides TKO 6 (12), 2:03 2008-08-30 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón Won NABO super featherweight title
Win 19-0-1 Mexico Cristian Favela UD 10 2008-04-25 Puerto Rico Coliseo Antonio R. Barceló, Toa Baja
Win 18-0-1 Dominican Republic José Aníbal Cruz TKO 3 (12) 2008-02-23 Puerto Rico Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas Retained WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 17-0-1 Puerto Rico Daniel Jiménez KO 12 (12), 1:51 2007-08-25 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón Won NABO and WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight titles
Win 16-0-1 Mexico Genaro Trazancos TKO 3 (10), 2:43 2007-06-22 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan
Win 15-0-1 Dominican Republic Francisco Lorenzo SD 12 2007-02-02 Puerto Rico Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla, San Juan Won WBO Inter-Continental super featherweight title
Win 14-0-1 Mexico Baudel Cárdenas TKO 10 (12), 0:41 2006-11-17 Puerto Rico Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo Won WBO Latino super featherweight title
Win 13-0-1 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vargas TKO 3 (6) 2006-09-30 Puerto Rico Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas
Win 12-0-1 Mexico José Luis Soto Karass UD 10 2005-10-21 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, San Juan
Win 11-0-1 United States Derrick Moon UD 8 2005-03-05 United States Mandalay Bay, Paradise, Nevada
Win 10-0-1 United States Mario Lacey KO 5 (6), 1:35 2005-01-27 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Win 9-0-1 United States Johnny Walker UD 8 2004-07-15 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Win 8-0-1 Puerto Rico Celestino Rodríguez TKO 7 (8) 2004-04-23 Puerto Rico Coliseo Guillermo Angulo, Carolina
Draw 7-0-1 Colombia José Cruz SD 6 2003-10-24 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 7-0 United States Joe Johnson TKO 3 2003-04-12 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 6-0 United States Adisone Sengaroun KO 3 (4) 2003-02-21 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 5-0 Puerto Rico Israel Coraliz UD 4 2003-10-27 Puerto Rico Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo
Win 4-0 United States Richard Boyd KO 1 (4), 1:51 2002-10-05 United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
Win 3-0 Puerto Rico Israel Galarza SD 4 2002-03-23 Puerto Rico Bayamón
Win 2-0 Cuba Ricky Piedra KO 1 (4) 2002-02-22 United States Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida
Win 1-0 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Ramos TKO 4 2001-12-22 Puerto Rico Acropolis, Manatí Professional debut

See also


  1. ^ Boxrec. "Roman Martinez". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Herminio Nieves (2008-12-08). "Román "Rocky" Martínez Bio" (in Spanish). PR Best Boxing. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  3. ^ Carlos González (2007-08-26). ""Rocky" Martínez sobrevivió una batalla campal" (in Spanish). Primera Hora. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Mark Vester (2009-03-14). "Martinez Knocks Cook Out in Four, Captures WBO title". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Boxeo-PUR-Súperpluma: Boricua 'Rocky' Martínez retiene corona súperpluma de la OMB" (in Spanish). 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  6. ^ a b c d e José A. Sánchez Fournier (2010-05-30). "Deportes". Retiene Rocky Martínez (in Spanish). El Nuevo Día. 
  7. ^ Scott Christ (November 9, 2013). "Martinez vs Garcia results: Mikey Garcia adds 130 pound title with body shot KO". Bad Left Hook. 
  8. ^ "Román Martinez Professional boxing record". 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nicky Cook
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
March 14, 2009 – September 4, 2010
Succeeded by
Ricky Burns
Title last held by
Adrien Broner
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
September 15, 2012 – November 9, 2013
Succeeded by
Miguel Ángel García
Preceded by
Orlando Salido
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
April 11, 2015 – present