Garcia picks himself off the canvas to knock out Martinez!

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American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA – Sat, Nov 9, 2013

Puerto Rican, Rocky Martinez, is no longer the WBO super featherweight champ; that belt now belongs to Mikey Garcia. The Californian remains unbeaten and has now claimed a world title in two weight classes.

It looked as though we were going to witness a gruelling battle between the pair, after Garcia was dropped during the 2nd round from a Martinez right hand counter; but this was not to be. Instead, it proved to be more demanding for the Puerto Rican. Garcia picked himself off the canvas, regained his composure; looking calm and collected, and took control of the fight.

Garcia, 25, expected the best Rocky Martinez to show up on the night, but he demonstrated how excellent an offensive technician he is to beat the Puerto Rican in stunning fashion in the 8th round. Garcia, who is now the first fighter to knock down and stop Martinez, knew it was a very good punch when he landed the body shot and had a feeling that Martinez wouldn’t get up.

Martinez, 30, who slips to 27(16)-2-2 following this defeat, knew he was fighting a high-quality opponent and knew that when he knocked Garcia down he wasn’t hurt. Martinez also felt Garcia’s power from the very first punch and despite showing dogged determination, was thoroughly outboxed and picked apart throughout.

The Puerto Rican shipped many solid shots, but showed a good chin as always and heart to keep plugging away. After Garcia landed that brutal body shot, Martinez was just unable to recover and was counted out.

Garcia will surely now rise up the pound-for-pound rankings after an impressive victory against a well respected opponent.

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