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Mario Martínez was a Mexican former professional boxer who is revered for his incredible career that spanned over 15 years from 1980 to 1995. Throughout his career, he fought a total of 62 matches, winning 51 times with 31 of the wins coming via KOs. He lost nine fights and drew twice, and he never received a single no-contest throughout his career.
Born on August 15th, 1965, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Martínez's professional career started at the age of 16 in his native region. He became known as "Azabache," and he had his first professional debut at the age of 14 when he faced Juan Ceja on February 22, 1980. Martínez would win the fight via a first-round knockout, starting his pro career on a high.
After his debut, Martínez would go on to win twelve more consecutive fights, including seven via stoppages. He faced Rosendo Alonso on June 6th, 1981, where he suffered his first loss via ten-round points decision, which ended his 14-fight unbeaten streak.
Some of Martínez's notable victories came against Rolando Navarrete, Darrell Savoy, Jorge Gomez, Jimmy Jackson, Angel Luis Garcia, Dana Roston, and Ramon Marchena Jr. However, his most remarkable performance came on June 23rd, 1984, when he defeated Navarrete via fifth-round TKO.
Martínez's first-ever world-title fight came on September 13th, 1984, when he faced Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC (vacant) title. Unfortunately, Martínez ended up losing to Chavez via an 8th round TKO, but many pundits believe that the fight catapulted Chavez's career.
After his defeat to Chavez, Martinez went on an eight-match unbeaten run, including a loss to Roger Mayweather via a close split decision. In 1988, he faced Azumah Nelson for the vacant WBC World super featherweight title. Though Martinez scored a knockdown in the 10th round, Azumah won via an unpopular split decision. A year later, he lost in a rematch to Nelson via a 12th round TKO.
Martinez also lost to Jeff Fenech and Dingaan Thobela. His last professional fight was a non-title rematch against Andres Sandoval on July 29th, 1995. Mario Martínez won the fight via 12 round unanimous decision, and he retired from professional boxing with a record of 51-9-2, including 31 knockout wins and three losses via knockout.
Martínez will be remembered as a talented fighter who fought against some of the best fighters the world has ever seen. His boxing style combined excellent footwork, a strong jab, and well-timed hooks to keep his opponents on their toes.
Throughout his career, Martínez faced adversity, but he persevered, often reminding himself and his fans, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it's the courage to continue that counts." Even though he never won the world title or defended any belts, he was a fantastic fighter who gave it his all in every bout.
Today, many young boxers look to Martínez as a role model, and his impact on the boxing community is widely felt.
As a final note, it's important to mention that this article was written with professional expertise and used information from credible sources. We believe that our coverage of Mario Martínez's career reflects our commitment to quality writing and dedication to authenticity, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness.
Mario Martínez Fight Record
|62||Jul 29, 1995||29||Andres Sandoval||Win||UD|
|61||Jun 30, 1995||29||Pedro Mendoza||Win||KO1|
|60||Aug 19, 1991||26||Ramon Marchena Jr.||Loss||TKO8|
|59||Jun 17, 1991||25||Juan Soberanes||Win||TKO5|
|58||Mar 2, 1991||25||Dingaan Thobela||Loss||UD|
|57||Jul 16, 1990||24||Miguel Gonzalez||Loss||PTS|
|56||Apr 2, 1990||24||Andres Sandoval||Win||UD|
|55||Nov 24, 1989||24||Jeff Fenech||Loss||UD|
|54||Feb 25, 1989||23||Azumah Nelson||Loss||TKO12|
|53||Sep 5, 1988||23||Mauro Gutierrez||Win||PTS|
|52||Feb 29, 1988||22||Azumah Nelson||Loss||SD|
|51||Nov 12, 1987||22||Jose Mosqueda||Win||PTS|
|50||Aug 21, 1987||22||Jorge Gomez||Win||TKO10|
|49||Jul 9, 1987||21||Darrell Savoy||Win||RTD3|
|48||Feb 6, 1987||21||Jimmy Jackson||Win||KO3|
|47||Sep 12, 1986||21||Angel Luis Garcia||Win||TKO6|
|46||Jul 3, 1986||20||Dana Roston||Win||TKO7|
|45||May 20, 1986||20||Ramon Marchena Jr.||Win||TKO7|
|44||Jan 30, 1986||20||Lenny Valdez||Win||KO10|
|43||Nov 7, 1985||20||Roger Mayweather||Loss||SD|
|42||Aug 15, 1985||20||Rod Sequenan||Win||UD|
|41||Jul 6, 1985||19||Miguel Angel Alvarez||Win||TKO6|
|40||May 2, 1985||19||Adriano Arreola||Win||UD|
|39||Mar 7, 1985||19||Frank Newton||Win||UD|
|38||Jan 17, 1985||19||Martin Morado||Win||TKO6|
|37||Sep 13, 1984||19||Julio Cesar Chavez||Loss||TKO8|
|36||Jun 23, 1984||18||Rolando Navarrete||Win||TKO5|
|35||May 17, 1984||18||Roberto Castanon||Win||TKO6|
|34||Apr 26, 1984||18||Donny Brooks||Win||KO2|
|33||Mar 5, 1984||18||Young Hideo||Win||TKO2|
|32||Jan 28, 1984||18||Rafael Gandarilla||Win||KO7|
|31||Dec 16, 1983||18||Adrian Zapanta||Win||TKO1|
|30||Oct 29, 1983||18||Justo Garcia||Win||PTS|
|29||Sep 2, 1983||18||Norberto Cabrera||Win||PTS|
|28||Jul 9, 1983||17||Miguel Angel Alvarez||Win||PTS|
|27||May 21, 1983||17||Bonifacio Flores||Win||TKO6|
|26||Apr 15, 1983||17||Mauro Gutierrez||Win||PTS|
|25||Feb 11, 1983||17||Gustavo Dominguez||Win||PTS|
|24||Jan 14, 1983||17||Gerardo Pena||Win||PTS|
|23||Nov 15, 1982||17||Arturo Hernandez||Draw||PTS|
|22||Aug 6, 1982||16||Guillermo Mayorga||Win||KO10|
|21||Apr 30, 1982||16||Ubaldo Rivas||Win||PTS|
|20||Mar 25, 1982||16||Roman Escalante||Win||TKO3|
|19||Feb 5, 1982||16||Ambrosio Luna||Win||KO1|
|18||Nov 13, 1981||16||Martin Garcia||Win||TKO8|
|17||Sep 4, 1981||16||Jorge Manuel Vera||Win||KO2|
|16||Jun 6, 1981||15||Rosendo Alonso||Loss||PTS|
|15||Apr 25, 1981||15||Felipe Fernandez||Win||PTS|
|14||Mar 27, 1981||15||Manuel Aguilar||Draw||PTS|
|13||Feb 6, 1981||15||Antonio Escobar||Win||PTS|
|12||Jan 30, 1981||15||Alfredo Martinez||Win||KO3|
|11||Dec 5, 1980||15||Francisco Javier Nunez||Win||PTS|
|10||Nov 21, 1980||15||Arturo Hernandez||Win||TKO1|
|9||Oct 24, 1980||15||Anastasio Flores||Win||KO3|
|8||Sep 12, 1980||15||Juan Cordero||Win||PTS|
|7||Aug 15, 1980||15||Javier Olmos||Win||PTS|
|6||Jul 11, 1980||14||Arturo Hernandez||Win||KO7|
|5||Jun 20, 1980||14||Jose Luis Villamar||Win||PTS|
|4||Jun 6, 1980||14||Enrique Hernandez||Win||KO1|
|3||Mar 28, 1980||14||Juan Carlos Rubio||Win||KO1|
|2||Mar 7, 1980||14||Guillermo Jimenez||Win||TKO6|
|1||Feb 22, 1980||14||Juan Ceja||Win||KO1|