Boxing: Martinez Retains Ibf Super-fly Weight Title

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Argentina's Fernando Martinez retained the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight title on Saturday, defeating JerwinAncajas by unanimous decision.

Martinez defended by judges' scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110 in the championship rematch at Carson, California.

"This was a validation of the first fight. Definitely the training was very hard. I prepared really well."

Martinez improved to 15-0 while Filipino southpaw Ancajas fell to 33-3 with two drawn and 22 knockouts.

The South American found defending a world crown for the first time harder than winning it for the first time.

They combined to throw more than 1 400 punches in the 12-round affair.

Martinez took the IBF crown in the 115-pound division from Ancajas in February with a unanimous-decision victory at Las Vegas, snapping the Filipino fighter's 21-bout, decade-long unbeaten streak.

Ancajas, who made nine successful defenses of the title he won in 2016, invoked a rematch clause for a chance to reclaim the crown.

Source: SuperSports