Boxing: Martinez Retains Ibf Super-fly Weight Title
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.