Martinez Makes His Mark

By Tom Donelson
Updated: October 6, 2008

Gloves IOWA CITY — Sergio Martinez did his best Joe Calzaghe imitation as he defeated a previously hot Alex Bunema. Bunema came in with a five fight winning streak and was the favored as Martinez has spent most of his career in Argentina and in Europe.

Most of the American boxing public had no clue about the skill level of Martinez and Bunema found out quick enough that Martinez was not just another over-inflated and overrated fighter with a gaudy record.

He was the real deal as he pumped Bunema with a effective jabs followed by straight left from his southpaw stance. In the third round, Martinez’s straight left sent Bunema down and from this point, the fight took on a similar pattern.

Bunema chased Martinez but often his right hand hit nothing but air. And there were those moments that Bunema found himself backing up to the rope and seeing nothing but blurs as Martinez let loose combinations.

His face started to swell as his face simply continued catch Martinez’s combination. The eighth round was no different that the first seven, but when Bunema returned to his corner, his corner decided that the time had come to end the fight and save Bunema from further punishment and Martinez won the bout.

In the second bout, Alfredo Angula challenged Audrey Tsurkan in a fight that could easily been held in a phone booth. Angula is a carbon copy of Antonio Margarito but then maybe that is because Angula is a sparring partner of Margarito. <

He, like his partner, throws punches in bunches and Tsurkan found himself the victim of the Angula’s buzzsaw. There was little difference in skill between the two but Angula punches were just little bit sharper and just little bit quicker as he mauled Tsurkan.

No matter what Tsurkan did, Angula had the answer.

For every one punch that Tsurkan connected with, Angula nailed him with three punches. And his body shots sapped Tsurkan’s strength. The real question was whether Tsurkan’s corner or the referee would stop the fight first.

As the eighth round progressed, the HBO staff speculated on when the time would be right to end the fight. As Lennox Lewis noted that Tsurkan wanted to finish the fight; Jim Lampley retorted at what price.

Lampley added that if Tsurkan was not part of the junior Middleweight division’s elite. At the end of the ninth round, Angula struck Tsurkan with combination of punches with no response back. <

Lewis noticed that if there was a time for the referee end the fight, this was it. With 49 seconds left, Tsrukan’s corner threw in the towel.

In the final main event, Cuban fighter Yurkoki Gamboa fought another undefeated Marcos Ramirez. Gamboa is a talented fighter with speed and power combination rarely seen in a fighter.

When a fighter is awarded by God with such talent, they often take short cuts when comes to learning the basics. Great fighters like Ali and Roy Jones often used their speed in unorthodox styles that often broke boxing rules but when age caught up with them; those deficiencies came back to haunt them.

Gamboa is no different.

Keeping his hand low, he got caught with a left hook and a sharp right; resulting in a knockdown. Ramirez put a punctuation mark when he ended the round with yet another left hook.

In the second round, pure talent won out as Gamboa connected on a right upper cut and sent Ramirez down. After Ramirez got back up, both fighters exchanged punches but Gamboa got the better of it and another right hand sent Ramirez down for the count and the Kansas City native was counted out.

Gamboa won the fight but in the process showed weakness. As Max Kellerman asked, is Gamboa another Roy Jones or a Prince Hamed whose own weakness were exposed by Marco Antonio Barrera?

Only history will tell.