Fighter Of The Week: Xavier Martinez

In a relatively quiet weekend in the sweet science, one prospect stood out above all others. On a Showtime ShoBox card that featured three Mayweather Promotions prospects, it was super featherweight Xavier Martinez out of Sacramento that was able to establish himself as a star in the making. The 21-year-old prospect put an absolute beatdown on rugged Filipino veteran John Moralde. Moralde had gone the distance with Jamel Herring back in September and was expected to be a step up fight who would offer up quite a bit of resistance. This was anything but the case as Matinez steamrolled right through the Filipino fighter from the opening bell till the brutal beatdown was waived off 1:11 into the third round.

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Xavier Martinez was able to impose his will on John Moralde from the opening bell on. Walking him backward and landing thudding body shots that hurt the Filipino early and often Martinez was in control the entire fight landing an incredible 58% of his power shots in the first round. Mixing in body shots as well as thudding right hands and left hooks up top that took much of the fight out of Moralde who spent the first two rounds in constant retreat. During the third round Moralde, with referee Tony Weeks already looking in, tried to pick up the pace. That proved to be devasting, less than a minute into the third the two fired off hooks at the same time, Martinez’s hook was, shorter, quicker and way more powerful and sent Moralde to the canvas, Moralde gamely got to his feet and tried to continue but only to receive a devastating series of unanswered power shots that caused Tony Weeks to waive off the bout at 1:11 of the third round. Giving Martinez the TKO victory in his ShoBox debut and ran his record to 14-0.

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The 130-pound division is certainly not one of the strongest in the sport. With Loma seemingly settled into 135, it may be one of the weakest weight classes in the sport. The two top names in the division Tank Davis and Miguel Berchelt, and both are flirting with a move up to 135 before 2019 is up and certainly no later than 2020. This will certainly give the 21-year-old Martinez a great opportunity to grab a world title by the end of next year. Or if Davis who is also promoted by Mayweather opts to stay at 130, which seems unlikely, an all TMT championship showdown could easily be made between Tank Davis and Martinez for Tank’s WBA strap. For now, a step up fight and an impressive showing against game opponents like Puerto Rican challenger Jonathan Oquendo or Evgeny Chuprakov, or someone else at that level would put Martinez on a streamlined path to a championship.


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