Local pro boxer Martinez wins by unanimous decision at Foxwoods, keeps perfect record intact

Published on Saturday, 29 June 2019 21:31


MASHANTUCKET - Local pro boxer Nathan Martinez didn’t hesitate when asked if Saturday night’s bout with Jose Homar Rios was his toughest fight yet.

“By far.” Martinez said.

Still, despite the increased challenge, the New Britain native defeated Rios by unanimous decision, winning the four-round bout at Foxwoods to move to 4-0 in his professional career.

Martinez felt in control throughout the fight, but after securing a quick first-round knockout in his last fight, Rios represented a much tougher opposition.

“I started off good,” Martinez said. “I just kept applying pressure and throwing punches. He took a lot of my good punches and I hurt him a few times, but he never went down.”

Neither did Martinez, who received a consistent jolt of adrenaline from the large contingent of fans from the Hardware City who came out to support Martinez in what was a sold-out show.

“A lot of people from New Britain came out to support,” Martinez said. “It made me push harder and throw more punches.”

Martinez kept throwing combinations until the final bell, and while Rios remained standing, Martinez and his corner knew the match was theirs. Each judge ruled the contest 40-36 in favor of Martinez, who had the upper hand from start to finish.

“He connected on a few punches, but nothing serious,” Martinez said. “I felt in control all four rounds.”

Martinez will fight a four-round bout one more time next month before graduating to six rounds. With his next fight less than a month away, he will return to Martinez Boxing Club on Beaver Street and prepare to keep his undefeated record intact.

“It will feel good just to go back to the gym and keep working hard so I can keep improving,” Martinez said. “I’m just going to keep training hard and keep fighting.”

Ryan Chichester can be reached at (860) 801-5094 or rchichester@newbritainherald.com

Posted in New Britain Herald, General Sports on Saturday, 29 June 2019 21:31. Updated: Saturday, 29 June 2019 21:34.