Ex-heavyweight titleholder Charles Martin stops Devin Vargas in 4 on Ruiz-Ortiz card
LOS ANGELES – Heavyweight contender and former world titleholder Charles Martin stopped Devin Vargas in the fourth round Sunday afternoon at Crypto.com Arena (formerly known as Staples Center).
Martin, who is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, goes to 29-3-1, 26 knockouts.
Despite notching his third consecutive knockout win, Martin went through a rough stretch in the third round when Vargas stunned him with a right to the head. Martin was able to hold on and get through the round to recuperate from the punch.
The southpaw Martin hurt Vargas about a minute into the fourth round. Martin continued battering Vargas across the ring until referee Jerry Cantu stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:59.
Martin was fighting for the first time since January 1, when he dropped Luis Ortiz twice, but was not able to finish him off. He was knocked down twice in the sixth round by Ortiz and was stopped.
The 36-year-old won the IBF world title in January 2016 by stopping Vyacheslav Glazkov, but would lose the title to Anthony Joshua less than three months later.
Vargas, who resides in Toledo, Ohio and represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games, drops to 22-8, 9 KOs.
Junior featherweight Anthony Garnica of Oakland, California defeated Juan Lopez by majority decision.
One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges scored the bout 59-55 for Garnica, who improves to 10-0-1, 5 KOs.
Lopez, who resides in Dallas, Texas, drops to 17-11, 7 KOs. He has lost four of his last six bouts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing