Kiko Martinez v Rendall Munroe - European Super Bantamweight Title
byon 03-15-2008 at 01:27 AM (2442 Views)
Kiko Martinez v Rendall Munroe – European Super Bantamweight Title
Decent guard from both fighters early on, and Munroe paws out with the jab. Right hand from Munroe, and Martinez lands a right, then two shots to the body. Munroe with a jab, then a good left hook. Martinez comes in and works the body again. Martinez warns for chrgingin in with the head. Left hook from Martinez rocks Munroe, who is landing shots. Body shot and a jab. Munroe's gone further than Dunne. Munroe cagey and pushing out the jab.Jab and hook from Munroe. Good left hook from Martinez, but misses the right hook wildly.
Munroe with the more landing shots, Martinez with the power. I'll givethe Brit the first round. [IMG]file:///D:/DOCUME%7E1/Pawb/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/06/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]
Munroe circling and jabbing, and Martinez looking for the way in. Munroe with a jab, and keeping Martinez off. Martinez lunge and misses. Martinez swinging and missing, but Munroe with a jab and a couple of hooks. Munroe's jab doing well, and Martinez struggling to find anything so far. Body shots from Munroe, then gets out of the way aigain. Good flurry from Munroe to the body, and more. Jabs from Munroe. Martinez misses, then Munroe to the body. Martinez with two thudding body shots.
Munroe still keeping Martinez from pouncing on him so far.
Munroe's jab is onstantly out pushing Martinez off. Martinez with a flurry of three hooks blocked, but Munroe returnign four or five both to the body and up top. Big left from Martinez, but Munroe backs off then a body shot. Munroe still blocking most of what Martinez throws. Right to the body from Martinez. Jab and a body shot from Munroe. Again from Munrow. Body shot, and a second from Martinez. But Munroe moves out of the way. Jab and uppercut from Martinez. Another body shot from Martinez. Right to the body from Martinez. Munroe's jab is back and forth like a bouncing spring so far.
Munroe's round. Martinez not wasting energy though.
Munroe doing very well so far, but Martinez looks to be comfortable so far not stretching himself, but just looking dangerous. Munroe jabbing and trying to keep Martinez. Good right narrowly misses from Martinez. Chopping left hook from Martinez and Munroe clinches. Uppercut finds the Munroe gloves, but although he hooks back, Martinez lands a body shot too. Martinez to the body, but Munroe with three body shots and a hook up top. Munroe nearly caught in the corner there. Martinez misses a right. Body shot from Munroe, who clinches then. Munroe isn't landing with the jab, but is keeping MArtinez occupied. Good right hook and a second from Martinez, and Munroe gets out of the way sharpish.
Martinez landing enough to earn a share of that for me, although Munroe's doing the work.
I didn't see it going this far to be honest. Martinez still stalking him like a lion, but the Munroe jab flashing constantly in his direction. Martinez with a body shot, but Munroe covers up for a hook upstairs. Martinez pushes Munroe into the corner, and gets another body shot. Left hook very close to landing from Martinez, then Munroe bounces off the ropes with a couple of body shots and a short hook. Body shot, left hook, and two more body shots from Martinez. Left hook again from Martinez, and Munroe once again tries to get out of range. Martinez with a right to the body, then gets out of the way again. Jab from Munroe. Martinez trying to get Munroe into the corners now. Two more body shots from Martinez.
Martinez starts to assert himself.
Good to have you both along for the ride VD and Lee. Munroe jabbing, and as they clinch Martinez digs to the ribs. Munroe comes out with some straight shots, but those clubbing Martinez blows to the body are hurting, and even those caught on Munroe's guards must still cause damage. Munroe with a jab and a right. Martinez with a right to the body. Munroe pumping out that jab that's still falling short. Body hsot and uppercut from Munroe, but Martinez with another body shot. Munroe with a right hook. Straight right from Munroe, returned to the body by Martinez. Two munroe body shots. and he ducks away from a wide left from Martinez.
Munroe's work beats the five or six Martinez shots landing for me.
Martinez gets Munroe in the corner with a clubbing right, then body shots. Munroe comes out with two hooks, but took some damage there. Munroe ducks out of the way then a right hook. Two body shots from Munroe, but Martinez comes forward with a clubbing body shot. Two short hooks from Munroe, then an uppercut as Martinez comes forward. Straigth right lands on Munroe's guard but pushes him back nonetheless. Munroe keeping Martinez off again this round.Left hook from Martinez finds the guard, but Munroe gets away and holds his jab out. Martinez looks to rush in and hit the body of Munroe. Jab and straight right from Munroe. Left hook lands from Martinez.
Munroe's round again. Martinez struggling to pin him down.
Martinez comes forward with a right left which glance Munroe. Body shot from Martinez. A second, but Munroe spins out and throws a couple of hooks which do land on Martinez. Two right hooks from Martinez land, and another, but Munroe comes back with a jab and straight left. I definitely didn't see it going this far. Martinez with another right, and Munroe with a jab and straight counter again. Munroe blocks. Munroe with a jab and uppercut. Martinez comes forward, but Munroe bounces back with a jab, and has Martinez on the ropes. Short hooks from Munroe, body shots and short hook, and Munroe wrestles him back onto the ropes. Exceptional work. Martinez with a right to the body. Martinez misses, and takes two Munroe jabs.
Great second half of the round from Munroe.
Martinez's power is the worry now.
Martinez still looks like the hunter waiting to pounce. Cagey opening to this round, jab from Munroe first landing shot after 40 seconds. Martinez has to do something here, as he's losing this title. Jab and hook from Munroe, gentle but still landing. It hasn't been fireworks so far, but entertaining. Body shot from Martinez, then a hook up top blocked. Munroe moves out of range of a shot, then a hook. Good straight left from Munroe, but he misses with three or four jabs. Martinez needs to throw to retain his title. Two body shots form Martinez, but Munroe spins out and returns hooks of his own.
Nothing happened much in that one.
Frank Maloney has Munroe three rounds up. Martinez hasn't been at the races tonight. Martinez comes forward with a body shot. They trade, but Martinez goes to the body. Munroe spins out, and goes to the body, then some short hooks. Right lands well for Munroe, and all Martinez can returne is a right to the bdoy. Three Munroe body shots. lEft hook from Munroe, and Martinez is lost in there. He doesn't know what to do. Munroe is flurrying to the body, and short hooks upstairs, and Munroe bossing it. two more Munroe hooks land. Martinez to the body, but not looking as powerful. Superb period for Munroe. Munroe is being made to miss a little by Martinez, who isn't landing anything back, so all well. They're circling each other here. Martinez needs the KO in my book.
Martinez has Rendall on the run, but can't land that much. Noithing landed in first 30 sconds, then a jab straight left from Munroe. Left hook from Martinez lands, but Munroe walks on with more body shots and short uppercuts. Two left hooks and body shot. Martinez spins out and gets away from Munroe's shots now. Martinez is losing his title here to the 11/2 underdog. Bpdy shot from Martinez bu a left hook return from Munroe. Munroe is a little more cagey, but then lands a body shot and two hooks up top. Munroe coming out of the corner with jabs, and Martinez is back on the ropes again. Not much thrown, but keeping Martinez from landing his own big shots.
Munroe's round again. Martinez might be a one-round wonder against Dunne.
Frank Maloney took over the pep talk for that last round. His afvice "Keep your f***ing hands up." MArtinez with three body shots, and another, and Munroe is keeping a tight guard and leaning on. Body shots from Martinez, and a hook up top but partially blocked. Munroe circling and staying away, then two short left hooks. Martinez circling, and still can't get close enough. Martinez comes forward with a body shot, but takes three pitter-patter shots from Munroe. STraight right from Martinez, then a body shot. Body shot and huge left hook from Martinez rattles Munroe, who is clinching and leaning on. 20 seconds. Left hook from Munroe. Last gasp saloon for Martinez. Big right, but Munroe stays erect. And gets off to another corner.
The Nottingham venue erupts...they certainly believe Munroe will be the new European Champion!!!!
Martinez landed more in that last round than any other, but still
118-112 to Munroe on my card.
The judges have it:
115-113, 114-114, 115-113. Munroe wins it by MD.....how on earth did those judges have it so close. Munroe was so nearly robbed by dodgy judging in there, but he's scraped the judges card, and he won't care about the scores now the gold's around his waist.