With the new year almost a full two months old, one of the busiest promoters in southern California, Thompson Boxing, opened their 2013 season with another installment of their “Path to Glory” series held at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, with a sold out crowd as their guests. Recorded for a later broadcast on Timer Warner Deportes, San Diego, CA’s Christopher “Marvelous” Martin (26-2-3, 8KOs) made his shot at redemption a good one with a razor thin but hugely unpopular unanimous decision over previous conqueror Jose Angel Beranza (35-26-2, 27KOs) of Mexico City. The eight round super bantamweight fight was for the vacant WBC USNBC title.
Martin and Beranza first met back in late ’11 when Martin, who was in his first fight in Las Vegas, was upset by the veteran with a ten round split decision.
History was almost repeated.
Like many similar to betting on UFC, this second go around began like the next round of the last fight. Beranza was not shy of what his intentions were as he began to stalk the mobile Martin around the ring. Martin looked hesitant to exchange with the Mexico City native in the first third of the fight, preferring to move around the ring and try to time Beranza with right hands or left hooks as he rushed in.
By the third, Beranza looked to slow down as he began to breathe out of his mouth but was still having success pushing Martin against the ropes and sneaking in his left hook around Martin’s guard. Martin was still to score with some well-timed punches and in the fourth he began to let his hands more and meet Beranza’s aggression with some of his own. Martin strategy worked in the fifth as he dropped Beranza, catching him with a right hand as his shorter opponent charged in. Beranza did not look hurt and beat the count easily and tried to win the round back with effective aggression.
Martin kept attacking Beranza as he used lateral movement to avoid Beranza’s forward charged but the Mexico City proved to have a formidable defense as he made Martin miss. With the fight close, Martin decided to become the aggressor in the eighth and final round and despite Beranza being the busier fighter, Martin scored the more telling shots.
Judge Wayne Hedgepeth saw it 78-73 while Marty Denkin and Carla Caiz scored it a much closer 76-75. Unfortunately for Martin, as soon as the scores were read, boos and jeers were heard from the sold out crowd that should prompt Ken Thompson, Martin’s promoter, to perhaps seek the end of the trilogy.