By Jake Donovan
Mauricio Pintor didn’t know much about late replacement opponent Miguel Angel Martinez but didn’t take long to figure out what he had in front of him.
The streaking welterweight made the most of an undesirable situation, tearing through Martinez en route to a 2nd round stoppage Friday evening in front of a standing room only crowd at Auditorio Blackberry in his hometown of Mexico City, Mexico.
A flurry of punches along the ropes forced the ending at 1:22 of round two in their Telemundo-televised main event.
For as long as the Telemundo summer schedule was released, Pintor—whose uncle is Hall of Fame-inducted former two-division champ Lupe Pintor—was under the impression that he would be facing crosstown rival Edson Ramirez. Those plans were ruined at Thursday’s weigh-in when Ramirez showed up seven pounds above the contracted 147-pound limit.
The dilemma prompted event handlers to scramble for an emergency replacement to salvage the show. In came Martinez (14-3-1, 9KOs), who was due to face unbeaten Yomar Alamo next Friday in the Telemundo summer season finale in Kissimmee, Fl.
The move worked out well for everyone except for the opponent who helped save the show.
Pintor was the superior boxer of the two, which became clear from the opening bell. Martinez—a natural super lightweight (for which he was training for his planned bout with Alamo)— was overmatched and lacked the firepower to even carry the proverbial puncher’s chance of ever turning things around.
A left hook by Pintor early in round two provided the beginning of the end. Martinez managed to take the shot but his offense all but shutting down from that point onward. Pintor closed the show moments later, connecting with a right uppercut which popped up Martinez’s head just enough to get clipped with a left hook along the ropes.
A right hand shot down the middle followed by another left hook had Martinez out on his feet, his upper torso bent through the ropes in prompting an immediate stoppage.
The call from the Telemundo booth questioned the bout being halted at that point, wondering aloud if the recent tragic ring-related deaths of Maxim Dadashev, 28, and Hugo Santillan, 23 caused the referee to err on the side of caution. The stoppage seemed fine from the televised view; at the very least, it allows Martinez to fight another day.
It just won’t be in one week versus Alamo, whose handlers are currently seeking a replacement foe.
As for Pintor, it’s his second straight win as he advances to 22-3-1 (14KOs). The second-generation boxer picks up his quickest win since 2011 and is 3-1 since returning to the ring for good in 2016 following a three-year absence.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
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