May 18 2019
Saturday

Barclays Center, New York, United States

12 rounds contest @ Featherweight
29-1-0
TKO 5
TKO 5
39-8-2

Belts on The Line

WBC World Featherweight Championship

The tape

33
Age
35
5' 5" / 164 cm
Height
5' 5" / 165 cm
64.2" / 163 cm
Reach
66.1" / 168 cm
Southpaw (L)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Tape record

UDTKOTKOTKOUD
Form
UDTDKOTKOMD
29
Wins
39
17
By KO
28
59
KO%
72
1
Loses
8
0
Draws
2
2009
Debut
2004

Tape rankings @ Featherweight

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The Ring
-
-
WBA
-
-
WBC
3
-
WBO
-
-
IBF
-

Gary Russell Jr vs Kiko Martinez report

Who won Russell Jr vs Martinez?

Gary Russell Jr beat Kiko Martinez by technical knockout in the 5th round on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Barclays Center in New York.

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 for the WBC featherweight championship of the world.

This fight appeared on the undercard of Deontay Wilder's and Dominic Breazeale's clash for the WBC World Heavyweight championship.

Russell Jr vs Martinez stats

Gary Russell Jr stepped into the ring with a record of 29 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Kiko Martinez made his way to the ring with a record of 39 wins, 8 loses and 2 draws, with 28 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggested Martinez had advantage in power over Russell Jr, with a 72% knock out percentage over Russell Jr's 59%.

Gary Russell Jr was the younger man by 2 years, at 33 years old.

Martinez had 2-inch reach advantage.

Gary Russell Jr fought out of the southpaw stance, while Kiko Martinez was an orthodox fighter.

Russell Jr was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 19 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 4 year and 7 months later than Martinez, whose first professional fight was in 2004. He had fought 166 less professional rounds, 160 to Martinez's 326.

Kiko Martinez was ranked number 3 by the WBC in the 126lb division.

Russell Jr vs Martinez form

Russell Jr had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Tugstsogt Nyambayar on 8th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States.

Previous to that, he had won against Kiko Martinez on 18th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.

Going into that contest, he had beat Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz on 19th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Before that, he had defeated Oscar Escandon on 20th May 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill.

He had won against Patrick Hyland on 16th April 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket.

Martinez had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jayro Duran on 11th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest at Pabellón de la Vall d'Hebron, Cataluña, Spain.

Previous to that, he had been beaten by Zelfa Barrett on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Noe Martinez Raygoza on 21st August 2020 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at El Malecon, Cantabria, Spain.

Before that, he had lost to Gary Russell Jr on 18th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York, United States.

Hehad been beaten by Josh Warrington on 13th May 2017 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at First Direct Arena, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Kiko Martinez had been fighting more than Gary Russell Jr.

Going to this contest, Gary Russell Jr had last fought 1 year, 11 months and 21 days ago, while Kiko Martinez's last outing had been 4 months and 18 days ago.

Russell Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 9 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.

Martinez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 8 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.

What time did Russell Jr vs Martinez start?

The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Barclays Center, New York, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.

Who broadcast Russell Jr vs Martinez?

Russell Jr vs Martinez was broadcast on ShowTime in the US, while the fight was broadcast in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports Action.

What were the odds on Russell Jr vs Martinez?

Gary Russell Jr was a 1/50 (-4999) favourite going into the contest, while Kiko Martinez made his way into the ring at 12/1 (+1200) with oddsmakers.

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