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Boxing: Martin goes distance, remains undefeated

Alex Mart| File photo

Alex Martin | File photo

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Updated: July 27, 2014 10:14PM



Alex Martin was getting wrapped up for his welterweight clash with Alfred Hall backstage at the UIC Pavilion when he heard the news.

“Rest in peace to my oldest cousin,” Martin said. “He passed away right before I fought — Terry Martin. He was 61 years old and battled stage four cancer. We knew it was a matter of time. He was on his final straw.

“He’s not suffering anymore. I just wanted to dedicate this fight to him.”

Martin, 24, showed no signs of mental fatigue after receiving word of his cousin’s passing. Martin (6-0, 5 KO) battered Hall (3-5-2) through all six rounds of their contest, which was the last bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights card.

Martin earned 60-54 scores on all three judge’s cards for the unanimous decision victory. It was Martin’s first time going the distance in his promising professional career.

“(Hall) had a crazy, weird style, and it was basically, ‘I’m going to run from you the whole night,’” Martin said. “I thought he was going to stand in front of me, but after he felt the hook in the first round, he basically disappeared on me. I had to go find him.”

Martin looked crisp from start to finish. He consistently fired combinations, pressed the action and never seemed in danger. He stalked Hall — who seemed content to survive — around the ring.

But Harvey Boxing Club’s top prospect is a tough critic. Martin, a former Olympic alternate, graded his fight a “C-plus.”

“After that performance, I don’t want no days off,” Martin said. “I gotta keep working. I gotta get to the main event of this card and hopefully get to a championship.”

Around the card

In lightweight action, Alsip native Jose Felix Quezada (3-0, 2 KO) outpointed Jose Romero (1-2) to a majority decision.

Romero stormed out from the bell and immediately unloaded a barrage of strikes, coercing Quezada into a brawl. But the 19-year-old Shepard graduate endured the initial frenzy and started to find a home for his right hand.

The card also featured Subway endorser Mike Lee (13-0, 7 KO), who won an uninspired decision over Paul Gonsalves (7-4, 3 KO).

In the main event, Roberto Garcia (35-3, 22 KO) survived a ninth-round knockdown to outpoint Breidis Prescott (32-5, 23 KO).



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