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Who won Martinez vs Abe?
Reiya Abe beat Kiko Martinez by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 8th April 2023 at Ariake Arena in Koto-Ku.
The scorecards were announced as 111-117, 109-119, 109-119 in favor of winner Reiya Abe.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was a final eliminator for the IBF featherweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Kenshiro Teraji beating Anthony Olascuaga for the WBA Super World Light Flyweight and WBC World Light Flyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Takuma Inoue defeated Liborio Solis for the WBA World Bantamweight belt and Jin Sasaki was victorious over Keita Obara.
Martinez vs Abe stats
Back in April 2023, Kiko Martinez stepped into the ring with a record of 44 wins, 11 loses and 2 draws.
Reiya Abe made his way to the ring with a record of 24 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw.
Kiko Martinez was the older man by 7 years, at 37 years old.
Abe had a height advantage of 3 inches over Martinez.
Kiko Martinez fought out of the orthodox stance, while Reiya Abe was a southpaw.
Martinez was 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 had fought 169 more professional rounds, 349 to Abe's 180.
Kiko Martinez went into the fight ranked number 5 by the WBC and 2 by the IBF at featherweight.
Reiya Abe was ranked number 12 by the WBA, 3 by the WBC, 7 by the WBO and 3 by the IBF in the 126lb division.
Martinez vs Abe form
Martinez had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had 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 had come over a period of 2 years, 1 month and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
What time did Martinez vs Abe start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 AM UTC at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan, which was 5:00 AM EST or 2:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 AM BST in the UK.
Who broadcast Martinez vs Abe?
The fight was broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.
What were the odds on Martinez vs Abe?
Kiko Martinez was a 1/1 (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Reiya Abe made his way into the ring at 4/5 (-130) with oddsmakers.
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