Another classic Chris Martin victory in 2010 Coors Light Boxing Series

At this point in his career, Christopher Martin’s confidence level is sky high. Photo: Jim Wyatt

Once again the Four Points by Sheraton, San Diego crowd was treated to an amazing performance by Christopher “The San Diego Kid” Martin as he successfully defended his California Super Bantamweight Title. His opponent, Mexicali’s Ruben “Finito” Lopez, hung tough for three rounds but the tide changed near the end of the fourth round when some wiseacre in the crowd called out for an uppercut and Martin fulfilled the heckler’s wish as if on cue. From that point on, it was all Chris Martin.

While Martin looked slick, quick and landed most every punch, Lopez started to slow down from the accumulation of blows, blows that would have stopped most fighters. Showing a solid chin, Lopez was getting hit from every angle. Each time Lopez’s head snapped back, you could hear the ooh’s and aah’s from the patrons. Martin’s punches to the body and head found their mark consistently.

In the latter part of the sixth round, Lopez went down but managed to get up and finish the round. His corner had seen enough and gave the nod to the referee for an early stoppage. Martin has now scored three TKO victories in a row and runs his unbeaten record to 17 wins.

When questioned later about his future plans, Martin emphasized that he’s now ready to take on stiffer competition and travel to take a shot at a title. For the second time, I heard him mention the name Rico Ramos as a potential opponent. Ramos beat Martin when the two were amateurs.

In the co-main event was the much anticipated rematch of a previous draw between Amaris “La Reina” Quintana and Melissa Mc Morrow that took place on June 4, 2009. Early on Quintana seemed sharper and landed her stiff jab plus several sharp left hooks to her opponent’s face.

However, as the fight continued Quintana just couldn’t slow down the shorter Mc Morrow. As long as she had Quintana backing up, McMorrow felt she could win the battle on the inside.

Once again the ladies fought non-stop and once again there was no clear cut winner. In Press Row, the gentleman from Sweet said McMorrow won, Ivan Orozco of the Union Tribune called it a draw and I thought Quintana won after landing the more telling blows. Almost as if the judges were looking over our shoulders, one gave McMorrow the nod, another saw it dead even and Fritz Warner agreed with my assessment calling it for Quintana based on the amount of power punches thrown.

Chris Chatman of City Boxing, a former San Diego based sailor and Chicago transplant, stopped Steve Macomber of Lakeside, Ca. at the 1:02 mark of the 4th round. Referee Jose Cobian counted Macomber out and awarded Chatman his 7th win, 3rd victory by KO. Once again Macomber came into the bout several pounds over the contracted weight and was fined 20 per cent of his purse.

The fight card opened with Armenia’s Artur Bernetsyan (now 2-0) taking on Fairfield, California’s Luis Sanchez in his pro debut. Luis is the older brother of welterweight Alan Sanchez (5-1).The hard punching southpaw from Armenia wasted no time in establishing his power and was usually the first one to get off. The end came at 1:02 in round four when referee Tony Crebs stopped the bout to award Bernetsyan his second win, his first by knockout.

The night’s festivities began after ring announcer Benny Ricardo called for a memorial 10 count for several members of the boxing community who recently passed away.

Lorraine Chargin died Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the age of 79. She was married to boxing promoter Don Chargin for 49 years and they co-promoted hundreds of fights together.

Another tragedy occurred Wednesday night when 52-year-old boxing trainer Hector Gil was shot and killed at the Pacific Coast Boxing Gym in Vista, Ca. Fellow trainer Peter Moreno, 56, and 21-year-old boxer Ricky Gutierrez were also shot but are expected to make a full recovery.

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