Israel Gonzalez and Jose Martinez each had their moments throughout their back-and-forth, 10-round bantamweight bout Thursday evening.
Neither fighter did sufficient to impress the judges, nevertheless, and their televised combat was declared a majority draw. Choose Robin Taylor scored their combat 96-94 for Mexico’s Gonzalez, however she was overruled by judges Jose Roberto Torres (95-95) and Don Trella (95-95).
NBC Sports activities Community broadcast their carefully contested combat from Albergue Olimpico in Salinas, Puerto Rico, as a part of its “Ring Metropolis USA” collection.
The 24-year-old Gonzalez (26-4-1, 11 KOs) settled for a attract his second look since shedding a unanimous resolution to former WBA tremendous flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez two bouts earlier than he met Martinez. The 28-year-old Martinez (21-1-3, 14 KOs) has fought to attracts in three of the Puerto Rican veteran’s previous seven bouts.
Their combat seemingly was there to take coming into the ultimate spherical, however there have been a number of clinches throughout a sloppy tenth spherical neither fighter took a lot initiative to win.
Gonzalez’s proper handcrafted Martinez retreat with about 15 seconds left within the ninth spherical. Gonzalez was busier and extra correct all through that ninth spherical.
Gonzalez’s jab backed up Martinez with about 30 seconds to go within the eighth spherical. A proper hand by Gonzalez additionally landed about 15 seconds later in what was a productive spherical for him.
Gonzalez caught Martinez with a proper hand about 1:10 into the seventh spherical and rapidly acquired out of Martinez’s punching vary. Gonzalez landed one other proper hand throughout a spirited alternate simply earlier than the seventh spherical concluded.
Martinez stored pressuring Gonzalez through the sixth spherical, however he didn’t land the kind of flush punches he linked with within the fourth and fifth rounds.
Martinez blasted Gonzalez with a straight proper hand a number of seconds earlier than the fifth spherical ended. Earlier within the fifth spherical, Martinez backed Gonzalez in opposition to the ropes and landed numerous energy punches earlier than Gonzalez acquired out of that spot.
Martinez drilled Gonzalez with one other proper hand as Gonzalez pressed ahead with a couple of minute remaining within the fourth spherical.
Martinez’s proper uppercut linked simply earlier than the halfway mark of the third spherical. Martinez remained the aggressor all through that third spherical.
A proper hand by Martinez backed Gonzalez into the ropes a couple of minute into the second spherical. Martinez drilled Gonzalez with one other proper hand with simply over 10 seconds to go within the second spherical, however Gonzalez got here again to land a proper hand of his personal simply earlier than the spherical ended.
Gonzalez was the busier fighter within the opening spherical, however neither fighter landed impactful punches in these first three minutes.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He will be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.