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Julio Cesar Martinez outpoints Samuel Carmona in dud of a fight, defends WBC flyweight title

Julio Cesar Martinez struggled landing his bet shots against slippery Samuel Carmona, but he got the decision. Photo @MatchroomBoxing

GLENDALE, Arizona – The co-featured bout to the Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez was a clash of styles that didn’t work out in terms of entertainment value. The 12-round flyweight bout featured WBC titleholder Julio Cesar Martinez against 2016 Olympian Samuel Carmona. It was a classic slugger vs. boxer matchup.

Martinez (19-2, 14 KOs), of Mexico City, was the bull (a slightly deranged one), and he ultimately prevailed by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114, defending the green belt for the fourth time, but he was clearly frustrated by the fleet-footed Spaniard.

Carmona (8-1, 4 KOs) was the matador (one who forgot his irons and “Banderillas” and was reluctant to use his sword — there was talk that he may have injured his right hand).

Samuel Carmona tries to keep JC Martinez at bay. Photo by @MatchroomBoxing

The boxer-slugger matchup is usually a fascinating one. Can the boxer keep his composure and control the pace and distance of the bout with his stick-and-move game? Or will the slugger’s aggression and wild haymakers pull the boxer in to his type of fight (the type of scrap the fans in attendance tonight came to witness)?

This time it just didn’t work out. Martinez couldn’t cut the ring off the constantly moving Camrona and his stalking aggression was often ineffective when he was in range because he usually missed with wide hooks. Carmona’s punch-on-the-fly game was mostly flight by the middle rounds, which brought out the boo birds, especially during Rounds 7 and 8.

In a nutshell, Martinez was sloppy and Carmona was slippery, so there weren’t many meaningful exchanges over the 12 rounds they shared in the ring.