Roman Martinez

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Román "Rocky" Martínez is a retired Puerto Rican professional boxer who held the WBO junior lightweight championship belt three times. Martinez has an impressive professional record of thirty wins, four losses and three draws from thirty-seven total bouts. He achieved an impressive eighteen knockout wins from his thirty victories showcasing his punching power. From his three losses, he suffered three knockouts, highlighting his vulnerability against hard-hitting opponents. Despite this, Martinez is considered one of the greatest Puerto Rican super featherweight fighters, thanks to his numerous world titles and memorable victories over some of the sport's biggest names.

Martinez accomplished his first world title at the age of 26 after beating Nicky Cook for the Super-Featherweight WBO title on March 14, 2009. He had 22 professional fights during that time, with a record of twenty-one wins and one draw. He won the fight via fourth-round TKO to become the world champion, and it was a significant achievement in his career. Martinez's excellent performance against Cook paved the way for a long and successful career in professional boxing as he would go on to win two additional world titles at the super-featherweight classification.

Martinez's boxing style was distinctive, characterized by his quick footwork, powerful punches and impeccable timing. With a height of 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm) and a reach of 67 inches (170 cm), he employed the orthodox stance and was comfortable countering or leading during the fight. His fighting style allowed him to create openings that he exploited with his powerful right hand, earning him numerous knockout victories throughout his career.

Throughout his career, Martinez had many highlight-reel moments that showcased his talents. These moments included his first world title win over Nicky Cook, which was an impressive victory considering that Martinez had only fought 22 times professionally at the time. Seven months later, Martinez had his first successful title defense against Gonzalo Munguía, winning the bout via a fourth-round knockout. Lastly, on April 11, 2015, he won his third world title by beating Orlando Salido via a 12-round unanimous decision, confirming his place as a top-level fighter.

Martinez had to overcome many obstacles in his career, including his four losses. His first loss came against Ricky Burns via 12 round unanimous decision on September 4, 2010. It ended his 24-fight win streak, and it fundamentally changed his career trajectory. Martinez recovered strongly from the loss and went on to win several significant bouts, including victories over Daniel Attah, Diego Magdaleno, and Miguel Beltrán Jr.. Martinez had three losses via knockout, more than anything in the sport, but what counts is the remarkable achievements throughout his career.

Martinez achieved his last win on October 8, 2016, against Orlando Salido, marking the end of the fighter's 17-year-long professional boxing career. Martinez announced his intention to retire from the sport in August 2019 after suffering a defeat to Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa via second-round knockout. Martinez retired with a record of thirty wins and four losses and enjoyed an impressive career that saw him become a loved figure in the ring.

Overall, Román "Rocky" Martínez's ability to knockout his opponents with the slightest opening helped him become one of the successful boxers of professional boxing history. With three world titles to his credit, Martinez took on the giants in the boxing industry and delivered spectacular results. Today, Martinez is remembered as one of the sport's most prominent figures, and his numerous accomplishments serve as a testimony of his exceptional skill and talent.

Román Martínez Fight Record

# Date Age Opponent Result Via
37 Jul 27, 2019 36 Yuriorkis Gamboa Loss KO2
36 Mar 29, 2019 36 William Gonzalez Win TKO8
35 Jun 11, 2016 33 Vasyl Lomachenko Loss KO5
34 Sep 12, 2015 32 Orlando Salido Draw SD
33 Apr 11, 2015 32 Orlando Salido Win UD
32 Dec 20, 2014 31 Herbert Quartey Win KO2
31 Nov 9, 2013 30 Mikey Garcia Loss KO8
30 Apr 6, 2013 30 Diego Magdaleno Win SD
29 Jan 19, 2013 29 Juan Carlos Burgos Draw SD
28 Sep 15, 2012 29 Miguel Beltrán Jr. Win SD
27 Oct 1, 2011 28 Daniel Attah Win TKO6
26 Sep 4, 2010 27 Ricky Burns Loss UD
25 May 29, 2010 27 Gonzalo Munguía Win KO4
24 Sep 12, 2009 26 Feider Viloria Win KO9
23 Mar 14, 2009 26 Nicky Cook Win TKO4
22 Dec 13, 2008 25 Walter Estrada Win UD
21 Aug 30, 2008 25 Santos Benavides Win TKO6
20 Apr 25, 2008 25 Cristian Favela Win UD
19 Feb 23, 2008 25 José Aníbal Cruz Win TKO3
18 Aug 25, 2007 24 Daniel Jiménez Win KO12
17 Jun 22, 2007 24 Genaro Trazancos Win TKO3
16 Feb 2, 2007 24 Francisco Lorenzo Win SD
15 Nov 17, 2006 23 Baudel Cárdenas Win TD
14 Sep 30, 2006 23 Wilfredo Vargas Win TKO3
13 Oct 21, 2005 22 José Luis Soto Karass Win UD
12 Mar 5, 2005 22 Derrick Moon Win UD
11 Jan 27, 2005 21 Mario Lacey Win KO5
10 Jul 15, 2004 21 Johnny Walker Win UD
9 Apr 23, 2004 21 Celestino Rodríguez Win TKO7
8 Oct 24, 2003 20 José Cruz Draw SD
7 Apr 12, 2003 20 Joe Johnson Win TKO3
6 Feb 21, 2003 20 Adisone Sengaroun Win KO3
5 Oct 27, 2002 19 Israel Coraliz Win UD
4 Oct 5, 2002 19 Richard Boyd Win KO1
3 Mar 23, 2002 19 Israel Galarza Win SD
2 Feb 22, 2002 19 Ricky Piedra Win KO1
1 Dec 22, 2001 18 Wilfredo Ramos Win TKO4