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Honorio Replaces Martínez, Dulorme Added To Berto/Ortiz Undercard


By José Santana Jr.: Former WBO super featherweight titleholder Román “Rocky” Martínez has pulled out of Saturday’s Showtime-televised co-feature against Luis “El Artesano” Cruz in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, due to a back injury suffered last week in training. Stepping into his place is former world title challenger Martín Honorio of Mexico.

The bout which will open up the broadcast to the Juan Manuel Lopez-Orlando Salido main event is a WBO 130-pound title eliminator for the right to face current belt holder Ricky Burns, who defeated Martinez last September to gain the strap.

According to promoter Peter Rivera of PR Best Boxing Promotions, Martínez was taken to a doctor to have the injury evaluated by MRI and given a few days to see improvement before the decision was made to pull out of the fight.

The Martínez-Cruz fight was much anticipated on the island with both fighters being natives of Puerto Rico. Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) is a rising undefeated 25-year-old promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions. Many fans on the island believed the former champion Martínez’s experience and pressure style would be too much too soon for the up-and-comer Cruz.

Honorio (29-5-1, 15 KOs), 31, is a formidable replacement having defeated his share and rising contenders in years past. He is coming off a stoppage victory last February and is 5-1 since losing to Robert Guerrero in 2007 for the IBF featherweight world title.

It is expected that should Cruz win this fight he will face Burns next, as discussions have tentatively begun, with the possibility of an all Puerto Rico matchup with Martínez rematerializing for his first title defense.

First, Cruz will have to defeat the rugged Mexican in his first Showtime appearance. It will be the 12th time he will not have seen his opponent until the weigh-in, making things a little tougher having to fight short notice.


DULORME ADDED TO BERTO-ORTIZ UNDERCARD

Also on Saturday another Puerto Rican prospect will be facing the toughest test of his career when welterweight Thomas Dulorme will travel to Mashantucket, Conn., to face Harrison Cuello on the Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz headlined undercard.

Dulorme was added to the card late last week by his co-promoter DiBella Entertainment, who promotes him in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions.

The 21-year-old Dulorme (10-0, 9 KOs) last appeared at the same venue, Foxwoods Resort Casino, in March, winning easily inside two rounds. He has impressed Puerto Rican audiences in recent performances with his speed and power and is touted to be one of the better upcoming prospects from the talent-rich island.

Cuello (20-15-3, 15 KOs), 33, of Bronx, N.Y., by way of the Dominican Republic has only won two of his last five, yet has continually faced tough competition including top contenders and defeating former titleholder Steve Forbes.

April 12, 2011



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