On what was supposed to be a quiet, predictable, ho-hum card in the fifth biggest city in California, turned out to be one of the most exciting and upset-filled cards we have had in a while. Two massive upsets occurred, first Jonathan Gonzalez beat down Elwin Soto over 12 rounds to capture the 108-pound WBO Light Flyweight title. Which set the table for what went down in the main event. Sandor Martin scored the biggest win of his career and scored what will likely be the upset of the year, in taking a 10-round majority decision over former four-weight division world champion and heavy favorite Mikey Garcia. There was no belt on the line, but Martin moved his record to 39-2 (13), earned himself at least one more big payday and quite possibly a rematch with Gacia, and takes home our Fighter of the Week award.
Sandor Martin of Barcelona, Spain, was laughed at and mocked by boxing fans and pundits, who wondered why Mikey didn’t get a real opponent while getting ready for the Regis Prograis fight next. Martin apparently didn’t hear the mockery or perhaps he just didn’t care. As he out-boxed Garcia. Martin thoroughly outboxed the native Californian who always appeared a step slower. Garcia was unable to cut the ring off on Martin and wasn’t able to get in front of him. Garcia, whose timing is typically impeccable was beaten to the punch time and again and was unable to counter the Spaniard. Martin took the majority decision by scores of 97-93 twice and the third judge scoring is even 95-95. Garcia said “No, [I didn’t underestimate him], not at all. I knew he was a very good boxer. I’ve seen some of his films. I knew he could box. That’s why I kept being the aggressor, coming forward” After scoring the biggest win of his career Martin said, “It’s the biggest moment of my career I always said I was going to do it and I’ve done it.”
Sandor Martin was largely an unknown name amongst even the hardest of hardcore. His best win was a points victory over Joe Hughes and prior to that, he had a lopsided points loss to Anthony Yigit of Sweden. However, Martin now has a win over a future Hall of Famer, he feels most comfortable at the 140-pound division and will likely secure himself another big-money fight. Whether that be a rematch with Mikey or perhaps a fight with one of the other big names at 140-pounds. Perhaps a fight with Jose Carlos Ramirez, new Matchroom acquisition Montana Love or a showdown with reigning veterans like Jose Zepeda or Jose Perdaza would all make for very interesting matchups. At just 28-years-old Martin entered the fight not just choc-filled with confidence but a lot of skills and discipline. Perhaps the Yigit loss was just too early in his career and we have found a diamond in the rough with the Spaniard. We will likely find out sooner rather than later if this was a one-off or if Martin is really the goods. He will certainly get another shot to prove himself in the not-so-distant future.