Saturday 25 February 2017

Boxing: Martinez regains Euro crown

Thomas Myler

SPAIN'S Kiko 'La Sensacion' Martinez is prepared to come back to Dublin after winning back the European super-bantamweight championship at the National Stadium on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old Alicante puncher, who originally took the title from Dubliner Bernard Dunne in 2007 and lost it to England's Rendell Munroe over 18 months ago, won a unanimous decision over Armenia's Arsen Martirosyan.

"I've boxed three times here and won on each occasion," Martinez said. "You heard the great reception I got before and after this fight, so I'd be mad not to return."

An obvious match for Martinez would seem to be against Dubliner Paul Hyland, the EU and Irish champion, who had an easy 79-74 win over the New Yorker, Robert da Luuz.

Belfast's Brian Magee defended his European super-middleweight belt with a ninth-round win over Armenia's Roman Aramian.

The two undefeated Cubans based in Cork stretched their winning streaks -- super-middleweight Luis Garcia stopping California's Christian Cruz in the third round and super-bantamweight Alexei Acosta finishing Venezuelian Oscar Chacin in six.

In an all-Dublin clash, Anthony Fitzgerald retained his Irish supermiddleweight title with a 96-94 win over Robbie Long, while Galway's Irish heavyweight champion Coleman Barrett defeated Lithuanian Remigijus Ziausys 39-37.

Former Irish amateur international Brendan Fitzpatrick from Dublin made a successful pro debut when he stopped Poland's Mariusz Radziszewski in the second round at super-middleweight.

Irish Independent

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