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Martinez KOs Dzinziruk in 8th

Sergio Martinez poses for cameras after knocking out

Sergio Martinez poses for cameras after knocking out Paul Williams in the second round. (Nov. 20, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Middleweight Sergio Martinez improved to 47-2-2 with an eighth-round TKO of Germany's Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1). Martinez knocked down Dzinziruk three times in the round, with the final combo landing 1:43 into round eight. Martinez knocked Dzinziruk down in the fourth and fifth rounds.

Here's a quick summary: 

Round 1-3: It was a jab-fest in round one as both fighters tried to set the pace. Martinez won the first because he was a little more active. The second round was more of the same. The second could've went either way, but Dzinziruk ended on a high enough note to take it. Martinez really started to take control in the third round with his jab. It’s only a matter of time before he lands it enough to set up his overhand left. After three rounds: Martinez 29, Dzinziruk 28.

Round 4-6: Martinez scored a quick knockdown less than 20 seconds into the fourth. Dzinziruk wasn’t hurt bad, but he got the eight count. Martinez caught Dzinziruk with several right jabs and landed two solid rights the first minute into the fifth. He then floored him with a hard left toward the end of the fifth. Martinez’ combos are really starting to hurt the Dzinziruk. Martinez started where he left off, and began peppering Dzinziruk with combinations in the sixth. This all started because of his right jab. After six rounds: Martinez 59, Dzinziruk 55.

Rounds 7-9: Martinez’ jab is still popping, but Dzinziruk seems to have caught a second wind. He landed several right jabs and a few straight lefts to win round seven. Martinez came back hard in the eighth and knocked Dzinziruk down twice. He ended it with the third knockdown of Dzinziruk 1:43 inton the eighth. Martinez wins.

In the main undercard, middleweight Andy Lee scored a 10th-round knockout of Craig McEwan. Lee floored McEwan with a straight left in the ninth. Lee continued what he started and finished McEwan with a hard left in the 10th. The fight was stopped at the 56 seconds into the 10th round. 

In earlier bouts, Long Beach's Seanie Monaghan (5-0) beat Billy Cunningham (5-9) in a unanimous decision, 40-36 (three times) in a light heavyweight bout, Abraham Lopez (2-1-1) scored a unanimous-decision win over Andrew Jones (0-4-1), 40-36, 39-37 (twice) in a four-round junior middleweight bout, while welterweight Thomas Dulorme scored a second-round TKO over Guillermo Valdes.

In the only female bout on the card, Sonya Lamanokis (4-0) beat Brooklyn's Tanzee Daniel (4-1) in a unanimous decision, 59-55 (twice), 58-56.


 

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