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Lightweight Martinez wins opening bout at Stadium

Jonathan Cuba, left, fights Christian Martinez, right, during

Jonathan Cuba, left, fights Christian Martinez, right, during the first round of a super lightweight boxing match. (June 5, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The first fight in 34 years at Yankee Stadium went off without a hitch.

Well, it almost did, as New Yorkers Jonathan Cuba and Christian Martinez went at it for four rounds in a super-lightweight bout.

Martinez (4-0, four KOs) got the win with a fourth-round TKO over Cuba (2-2, one KO). But there was a little drama at the end of the third as Martinez floored Cuba with a hard left just as the bell sounded to end the round.

Referee Sparkle Lee wasn't sure if the punch was legal and delayed giving a standing eight count to Cuba. But bell referee Pete Santiago informed Lee that the punch was legal and signaled her to continue the standing eight count.

The drama lingered as Lee allowed the two to continue fighting until Santiago let her know the round was over. It was all a moot point, however, as Martinez sent Cuba to the deck twice more in the fourth round. Lee stopped the bout after the second knockdown 1:18 into the fourth.

"I couldn't wait for tonight,'' Martinez said. "It was a tremendous feeling walking through the stadium into the ring."

 

A family affair

The Cotto family experienced victory early as Abner Cotto (8-0, four KOs), second cousin of Miguel, remained undefeated with a unanimous decision win over Edgar Portillo (6-5-1, four KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout. In earlier bouts, featherweight Jorge Diaz (14-0, nine KOs) stopped Jae Sung-Lee (10-3-1, seven KOs) at 1:54 in the sixth round and Puerto Rico's Juan Gonzalez (8-0, seven KOs) earned a unanimous decision (40-36, 39-37, 39-37) over Juan Lucio (4-1-1, two KOs) in a four-round lightweight fight.

 

Jones returns

With Emanuel Steward training Miguel Cotto, HBO needed another man to team with Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman. Enter Roy Jones Jr. Jones is no stranger to the broadcasting game. He worked as an analyst on HBO's Boxing After Dark series from 1996 to 2005.

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