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When is Martinez vs Abe?
Kiko Martinez is set to square off against Reiya Abe on Saturday 8th April 2023 at Ariake Arena in Koto-Ku.
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which means the weight limit will be 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This fight will appear on the undercard of Kenshiro Teraji's and Anthony Olascuaga's clash for the WBA Super World Light Flyweight and WBC World Light Flyweight championship. Also, on the undercard will be Takuma Inoue's and Liborio Solis' contest for the WBA World Bantamweight belt and Jin Sasaki's and Keita Obara's bout.
Martinez vs Abe stats
Kiko Martinez steps into the ring with a record of 44 wins, 11 loses and 2 draws, 31 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Reiya Abe will make his way to the ring with a record of 24 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, with 10 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Martinez has a large advantage in power over Abe, boosting at 70% knock out percentage over Abe's 42%.
Kiko Martinez is the older man by 7 years, at 37 years old.
Abe has a height advantage of 3 inches over Martinez.
Kiko Martinez fights out of the orthodox stance, while Reiya Abe is a southpaw.
Martinez is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 29 more fights, and made his debut in 2004, 8 years and 11 months earlier than Abe, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He has fought 169 more professional rounds, 337 to Abe's 168.
Kiko Martinez goes into the fight ranked number 7 by the WBC, 2 by the IBF and 8 by the RING at featherweight.
Reiya Abe is currently ranked number 11 by the WBA, 5 by the WBC, 7 by the WBO and 3 by the IBF in the 126lb division.
Martinez vs Abe form
Martinez has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he defeated Jordan Gill on 29th October 2022 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Wembley Arena, Wembley, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Josh Warrington on 26th March 2022 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their IBF World Featherweight championship fight at First Direct Arena, Leeds.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Kid Galahad on 13th November 2021 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their IBF World Featherweight championship fight at Sheffield Arena, Yorkshire.
Before that, he had beat Jayro Duran on 11th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Pabellón de la Vall d'Hebron, Cataluña, Spain.
He had lost to Zelfa Barrett on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Martinez's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 1 month and 18 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
What time does Martinez vs Abe start?
The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 AM UTC at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan, which is 6:00 AM EST or 3:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 11:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who is showing Martinez vs Abe?
The fight will be broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.
How do you stream Martinez vs Abe?
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What are the odds on Martinez vs Abe?
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