Boxing Results - Martin Vs Harutyunyan
In the Martin Vs Harutyunyan clash, Frank Martin overcame a slow start by landing a late knockdown that secured his victory in a tight unanimous decision against Artem Harutyunyan during a WBC title qualifier match at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, on Saturday.
Martin (18-0, 12 KOs) began with a patient approach, seeking out opportunities as they arose. Harutyunyan started strong, landing effective right hand strikes during Martin’s slower phases, earning valuable early points.
As the Martin Vs Harutyunyan progressed, Martin found out that Harutyunyan, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, wasn’t going to hand him the initiative. It was clear that Martin, also known as “The Ghost,” had the upper hand in terms of strength. He began to press this advantage from the sixth round, hurting Harutyunyan with a strong left to the body. Though Martin landed several powerful hits, he was unable to secure a knockout.
Harutyunyan carried on valiantly into the latter rounds of Martin Vs Harutyunyan, despite the obvious damage he sustained from Martin’s powerful blows. In fact, he seemed close to victory.
Encouraged by ringside presence Errol Spence Jr., Martin, aged 28, stepped up his game in the 11th round. He delivered a series of powerful combinations that visibly shook Harutyunyan. The final round saw Martin zeroing in on Harutyunyan’s badly damaged eye, chasing him down with relentless power shots. As Harutyunyan attempted to back off, Martin pursued him, continuously delivering body blows and combinations.
In search of a breather, Harutyunyan took a knee as his eye was visibly swelling shut. This helped him to hold out until the final bell. Given his strong start, he had hoped for a decision in his favor. However, the judges unanimously sided with Martin, with scores of 114-113, 115-112, and 115-112.
Other matches on the Martin Vs Harutyunyan card also saw Elvis Rodriguez defeating Viktor Postol via a 7th-round TKO , and Freudis Rojas besting Diego Sanchez through a 7th-round TKO at 58 seconds.