By Reginald Murrell at ringside: Christopher Martin dropped an eight round unanimous decision to Enrique Quevedo a super bantamweight clash at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on Friday night.
Both fighter came into the ring dry, neither appeared to have worked up a pre-fight sweat. The first round found both fighters in a feeling out process, although Christopher Martin (27-3, 9 ko’s) appeared to have the won the round just on his use of the jab.
Enrique Quevedo (14-6-1, 9 ko’s) began to press the issue throwing 2 and 3 punch combinations, putting Martin on his heels. Quevedo looked very relaxed, his punches were accurate, he wasn’t throwing wild, out of control punches.
Round 3 began much the same as the previous round with Quevedo being the aggressor and finding a home for his right hand. Quevedo trapped Martin on the corner and ripped off 5 unanswered punches. Martin is looking flat footed and doesn’t seem able to return the shots thrown at him.
Martin is beginning to find his rhythm and is catching Quevedo with combinations of his own, going to the body and head. Quevedo comes back with his own 3 punch combination, not allowing Martin to establish a good rhythm. Quevedo is the busier of the two, coming forward, ripping of 3 and 4 punch combinations. Quevedo is not allowing Martin to get comfortable in the fight.
Once again Martin meets Quevedo in the center of the ring with the intention of taking control only to be met with accurate shots by Queveder. The right hand of Queveder has found a home and Martin is unable to get out of it’s way. Martin, who is normally a very good defensive fighter is getting caught with punches he would normally slip or make his opponent out right miss.
Is a replay of the previous 5 rounds with Queveder’s right hand parking upside Martin’s head.
Martin seem to be fully awake now, throwing his own 3 and 4 punch combinations with bad intention on his left hooks and right hand, unfortunately he allowed Queveder to get his confidence in the earlier rounds and is not affected by Martin’s punches. With a minute and some change left in the round Martin caught his steam rolling opponent with a nice body shot that seem to have had an affect, however, Martin neglected to jump on him. Queveder recovers quickly and continues the attack.
Martin knows at this point he needs a knockout to win the fight and Queveder knows this also, so he meets Martin in the center of the ring and they both trade heavy shots. Queveder is bleeding from the bridge of his nose, he motions to referee Wayne Hedgepin that the cut is from a butt. As the action continues Martin is having a good showing throwing uppercuts and hooks to the body. As the combat comes to a conclusion the pro Martin crowd has become silent, they the outcome before it is announced.
Martin seem to catch fire in the later rounds, but Queveder had put too many rounds in the bag for Martin to win on the cards. Queveder win 79-73 on all three judges cards
October 19, 2013