Last weekend two local San Diego fighters put on exceptional performances on a national platform. First on Friday night, the “SD Kid” Chris “Marvelous” Martin (24-2-3, 7KOs) earned a rare knock out and snapped a three fight winless streak when he stopped Roberto “Azabache” Castañeda (19-2-1, 14KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in the sixth round of a scheduled bantamweight eight, the semi-main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” held in
Corona, CA. In his usual manner Martin began slow but heated up in the middle rounds and began to land on Castañeda, especially to the body. Castañeda had his moments particularly with his right hand but Martin was always in control. At the end of the fifth, Martin landed a right upper cut to the mid-section that hurt Castañeda and put him down. Castañeda beat the count but not for long as Martin landed to the body again, this time with left hook, that dropped Castañeda again, this time for good. Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the fight at 2:31 of the round.
On Saturday night, junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (15-0, 11KOs) remained undefeated with a third round TKO over Albert Cruz (9-4, 8KOs). The bout was scheduled for eight rounds. Always stronger, Orozco took it to Cruz early who was clearly over matched. Orozco almost landed at will with his left hook and right upper cut which Cruz had not answer or defense for. At the end of the third round, both referee Pat Russell and the ringside physician had seen enough and called a halt to the one side action. Highlights of Orozco’s performance was shown on the Showtime televised portion of the fight card which featured IBF super welterweight champ Cornelius “K9” Bundrage’s (32-4, 19KOs) stoppage of former champion Cory Spinks (39-7, 11KOs). Showtime was so impressed with Orozco that they vowed to feature him on a future date.