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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 34 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 165 less professional rounds, 172 to Martinez's 337.
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 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, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against 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.
Going into that contest, he had beat Patrick Hyland on 16th April 2016 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket.
Before that, he had defeated Jhonny Gonzalez on 28th March 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBC World Featherweight championship fight at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas.
He had won against Christopher Martin on 20th December 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton.
Kiko Martinez had stopped 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Josh Warrington on 13th May 2017 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at First Direct Arena, Leeds, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Leo Santa Cruz on 27th February 2016 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBA Super World Featherweight championship fight at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Scott Quigg on 18th July 2015 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBA World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had been beaten by Carl Frampton on 6th September 2014 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
He had defeated Hozumi Hasegawa on 23rd April 2014 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Gary Russell Jr had been fighting more than Kiko Martinez.
Going to this contest, Gary Russell Jr had last fought 4 years, 8 months and 12 days ago, while Kiko Martinez's last outing had been 5 years, 8 months and 18 days ago.
Russell Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 1 month and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 7 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7 rounds on average.
Martinez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 9 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 9 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 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.
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What were the odds on Russell Jr vs Martinez?
Gary Russell Jr was a 1/50 (-5000) favourite going into the contest, while Kiko Martinez made his way into the ring at 12/1 (+1200) with oddsmakers.