By Ryan Burton
Sam's Town Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada - Xavier Martinez (14-0) kept his perfect record intact with a over 3rd knockout victory over John Moralde (21-3). The Sacramento, California native didn’t waste any time in his ShoBox debut.
He rocked Moralde early and often throughout the opening stanza which put the Filipino in retreat mode. Martinez went right back to work in the 2nd round as Moralde had trouble adjusting to Martinez's power.
A big counter left hook sent Moralde crashing to the canvas early in the third. He would rise to his feet but a series of unanswered blows forced referee Tony Weeks to stop the bout. The time of the stoppage was 1:11.
Super featherweight prospect Andres Cortes (10-0) kicked off the ShoBox telecast with a bang by dominating Jahmal Dyer (9-1) over 8 rounds. The finals scores were 78-73, 79-73 and 78-74.
The Las Vegas resident told BoxingScene.com prior to the fight that he planned on winning by knockout and while he didn’t get the stoppage he predicted, he dominated the fight outside of the 4th round.
After a couple feeling out rounds Cortes and Dyer exchanged big punches in the third round. Cortes was being the aggressor and landed a series of power shots as he backed Dyer into the the ropes to end the round.
Cortes rushed Dyer, sensing he was still hurt to begin the 4th round. Cortes was picking Dyer apart until Dyer landed a perfect counter right that sent Cortes to the canvas. However Cortes came back strong and almost floored Dyer as the bell sounded to end the round.
The Las Vegas native continued to dominate the 5th and 6th rounds. Dyer tried to fight back but didn’t have any juice on his punches as he fought on unstable legs.
The 7th round was more of the same as Dyer stayed in defense mode to try to avoid the aggressive Cortes punches. Cortes tried to close the show in the final round but Dyer was able to make it to the final bell.
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