Marcos Maidana protege Fernando Martinez stuns Jerwin Ancajas
Marcos Maidana underdog Fernando Martinez became the new IBF super-flyweight champion with a superb performance over Jerwin Ancajas.
With his promoter, the former two-division champion urging him from ringside, Argentina’s Martinez punished Ancajas over twelve rounds.
In the process, he wrestled away his title via a unanimous decision in a star-making performance in the SHOWTIME telecast opener.
After exchanging hugs, handshakes, and pleasantries during the final press conference on Thursday, Martinez (14-0, 8 KOs) and Ancajas (33-2-2, 22 KOs) dispensed with the niceness and engaged in an action-packed thriller.
But it was Martinez, a fan of Mike Tyson growing up, who delivered the heaviest blows. He squared up to Ancajas and winging lefts and rights to win by 117-11, 118-110, and 118-110.
Martinez, whose father died while he was in the amateurs and helped introduce him to boxing, fought back the tears as he expressed what the win meant to him.
“This moment is so special to me,” said Martinez. “It hurts so much that my father’s not here for this great moment in my life.
“But I know that he oversaw this. I’m so happy for my corner and for the people who supported me over the years.
“I want to thank SHOWTIME for their support. But I want to thank Jerwin for giving me this opportunity. I am so thankful for this.”
Martinez landed 421 power shots, a new division record, and 427 total punches, forcing Ancajas to be taken to the hospital as a precaution following the match.
“I am so thankful for team Martinez to give me this opportunity to make this fight,” Ancajas said.
“Yes, I want the rematch. I’ll do everything to achieve my goal. I learned a lot in this fight, and he’s a great challenger.”
The two continuously walked through hellacious punches throughout the action. But Martinez hurt Ancajas more than the champion, and in between the ninth and tenth rounds, Ancajas’ corner was asking him if he was okay to continue.
Ancajas responded by buckling Martinez in the 10th round with a right hand, and he buzzed Martinez again with a straight left only for Martinez to fire back with roundhouse punches of his own in a snapshot of the non-stop action that took place.