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Roman Martinez
Weightclass:
Jr. Lightweight
Age:
31
Birthplace:
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Record:
27-2-2, 16 KOs
Height:
5’8”
Reach:
67”
Managers:
self-managed
Trainers:
Raul “Papo” Torres
biography

Ranked WBO #11 at 135 pounds…
World championship fights: 5-2-1, 3 KOs…
Former WBO jr. lightweight world champion (two-time), four successful defenses…
Former WBO Intercontinental jr. lightweight champion…
Former NABO jr. lightweight champion...

At the age of 31, Roman is a 12-year pro. A former two-time WBO junior lightweight world champion, he first won the title in March, 2009, and made two successful title defenses before losing the title in September, 2010. He won the title for the second time in September, 2012, and has made two more successful defenses.
He is tough and determined, has an aggressive style, and always makes exciting fights.
Roman is coming off an eighth-round TKO loss against Mikey Garcia in his last fight on November 9.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Garcia rolled to a knockout victory, despite one rough moment in the second round. That came when Martinez caught him with a perfect counter right hand, knocking Garcia to his rear end, only the second time he had ever been knocked down.
In the sixth round, Garcia badly rocked Martinez before cutting him over the left eye in the seventh round. In the eighth round, Garcia dug a perfectly placed left hook to Martinez's liver, dropping him to his knees. Martinez was counted out by [the] referee at 56 seconds. [End Rafael item]
Promoter Peter Rivera said, "Rocky never really quits training. He's the kind of athlete that's in the gym all the time, taking care of his body, his diet, the food he eats. He's very, very professional."
"And something that people can't really measure – we always say you can measure speed, you can measure power, but you can't measure the heart and the guts. You can't measure that.
"The reason Martinez has won a lot of fights in the past – fights that people didn't...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 – LOST WBO JL WORLD TITLE - in his last fight on 11-9-13 in Corpus Christi, TX, he lost by TKO (8th round) against former WBO featherweight world champion Mikey Garcia (32-0): the bout headlined at American Bank Center, and Garcia dominated most of the fight; Roman scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Garcia to the seat of his trunks in the 2nd round, but Garcia was quickly back on the attack - he consistently outworked Roman and landed the harder punches; he staggered Roman in the 6th, and Roman was cut over his left eye in the 7th round; Garcia scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 8th round, and Roman was counted out on his knees at 0:56; after seven rounds, Garcia led by scores of 67-64, 67-65, 68-63;
4TH WBO JL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 4-6-13 in Macau, CHI, he won a 12 round split decision against previously undefeated lefthander Diego Magdaleno (23-0): the bout was one of the co-features with the Zou Shiming-Eleazar Valenzuela main event, and it was a good, close fight; Roman pressed forward, Magdaleno boxed and moved well, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Magdaleno started fast - he won the 1st and 2nd rounds on two scorecards, then rocked Roman with a left hand in the 3rd and swept the round on all three scorecards; Roman came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4th round, but Magdaleno rallied and won the 5th on two scorecards, then swept the 6th round; Roman won the 7th on two scorecards, but Magdaleno rocked him again in the 8th round and swept the round; Roman rallied again and won the 9th on two scorecards, then swept the 10th and 11th rounds, and Magdaleno was cut over his left eye in the 10th; Magdaleno finished strongly and swept the...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Roman said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. I have six brothers and four sisters. Right now, my father is unemployed because he has a back issue, but he was working in construction. My mother is a housewife. Two of my brothers boxed as amateurs, but never turned pro.
“My interest in boxing started when I watched Felix “Tito” Trinidad and other great boxers, and I wanted to be like them.
“I started boxing when I was 12 years old and had 60 amateur fights, with a record of 45-15. I won the International José “Cheo” Aponte Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico, but I don’t remember which year. [note: results not currently available]
“I’m a fulltime fighter. I’m naturally righthanded. I’m not married, but I live with my girlfriend, Jennifer. We have one son, Luis Antonio Martinez, who is nine years old, and we had a daughter on September 7, 2012. Her name is Sofia Valentina.”…
 
KNOCKDOWNS: Roman said, “I’ve been knocked down, but I get up quickly.”…

8-30-08: was knocked down against lefthanded Santos Benavides, left hand, 2nd round…

CUTS:

11-9-13: was cut against Mikey Garcia – over left eye, 7th round…
2-2-07: was cut against Francisco Lorenzo – over right eye, clash of heads, 6th round...
10-21-05: was cut against Jose Soto-Karass – over right eye, clash of heads, middle rounds…

OTHER INJURIES: “I had a back injury earlier in my career, but it wasn’t that serious – it was like knots in my back. I’m in perfect health now.”…
FOULS: “No, I’ve never been...
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Biography
  • Ranked WBO #11 at 135 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 5-2-1, 3 KOs…
  • Former WBO jr. lightweight world champion (two-time), four successful defenses…
  • Former WBO Intercontinental jr. lightweight champion…
  • Former NABO jr. lightweight champion...

At the age of 31, Roman is a 12-year pro. A former two-time WBO junior lightweight world champion, he first won the title in March, 2009, and made two successful title defenses before losing the title in September, 2010. He won the title for the second time in September, 2012, and has made two more successful defenses.

He is tough and determined, has an aggressive style, and always makes exciting fights.

Roman is coming off an eighth-round TKO loss against Mikey Garcia in his last fight on November 9.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Garcia rolled to a knockout victory, despite one rough moment in the second round. That came when Martinez caught him with a perfect counter right hand, knocking Garcia to his rear end, only the second time he had ever been knocked down.

In the sixth round, Garcia badly rocked Martinez before cutting him over the left eye in the seventh round. In the eighth round, Garcia dug a perfectly placed left hook to Martinez's liver, dropping him to his knees. Martinez was counted out by [the] referee at 56 seconds. [End Rafael item]

Promoter Peter Rivera said, "Rocky never really quits training. He's the kind of athlete that's in the gym all the time, taking care of his body, his diet, the food he eats. He's very, very professional."

"And something that people can't really measure – we always say you can measure speed, you can measure power, but you can't measure the heart and the guts. You can't measure that.

"The reason Martinez has won a lot of fights in the past – fights that people didn't think he had the skills to win – is because he has something you can't buy in a store. He has tremendous heart, he has the hunger to be the best. He's very strong physically and very durable. He can take many punches."

Roman said through an interpreter, "After the first loss of my career I had to get away from boxing a little bit, but once I got over it, I knew I was ready to come back and seek the world championship once again.

"I think the layoff helped me get back my love for the sport, and to focus more on my career. I need to work hard and be ready to give my best inside the ring.

"I'm going to continue pressuring my opponent and landing those hard punches, but I'm going to change my strategy a little bit. I'm going to be more calm and accurate. When I throw a punch, I want to hit him hard.

"All I expect is to give a good fight and try to win as best as I can. I just want to keep giving victories to Puerto Rico."

Roman is experienced against very good opposition. He has fought world champions Mikey Garcia (KOby8), Ricky Burns (L12) and Nicky Cook (TKO4), as well as contenders Diego Magdaleno (W12), Miguel Beltran Jr. (W12), Santos Benavides (TKO6), Daniel Jimenez (KO12) and Francisco Lorenzo (W12).

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 – LOST WBO JL WORLD TITLE - in his last fight on 11-9-13 in Corpus Christi, TX, he lost by TKO (8th round) against former WBO featherweight world champion Mikey Garcia (32-0): the bout headlined at American Bank Center, and Garcia dominated most of the fight; Roman scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Garcia to the seat of his trunks in the 2nd round, but Garcia was quickly back on the attack - he consistently outworked Roman and landed the harder punches; he staggered Roman in the 6th, and Roman was cut over his left eye in the 7th round; Garcia scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 8th round, and Roman was counted out on his knees at 0:56; after seven rounds, Garcia led by scores of 67-64, 67-65, 68-63;

4TH WBO JL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 4-6-13 in Macau, CHI, he won a 12 round split decision against previously undefeated lefthander Diego Magdaleno (23-0): the bout was one of the co-features with the Zou Shiming-Eleazar Valenzuela main event, and it was a good, close fight; Roman pressed forward, Magdaleno boxed and moved well, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Magdaleno started fast - he won the 1st and 2nd rounds on two scorecards, then rocked Roman with a left hand in the 3rd and swept the round on all three scorecards; Roman came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4th round, but Magdaleno rallied and won the 5th on two scorecards, then swept the 6th round; Roman won the 7th on two scorecards, but Magdaleno rocked him again in the 8th round and swept the round; Roman rallied again and won the 9th on two scorecards, then swept the 10th and 11th rounds, and Magdaleno was cut over his left eye in the 10th; Magdaleno finished strongly and swept the 12th round, but Roman won by scores of 114-113, 115-112 Martinez, 116-111 Magdaleno…

3RD WBO JL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 1-19-13 in New York, NY, he had a 12 round draw against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Mikey Garcia-Orlando Salido main event, and it was very close; both gave strong efforts, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Burgos started fast - he swept the 2nd round on all three scorecards, then won the 3rd round on two; but Roman rallied in the middle rounds - he won the 4th round on two scorecards, swept the 5th, won the 7th and 8th rounds on two scorecards,then swept the 9th round; Burgos rallied in the late rounds - he swept the 10th round, won the 11th round on two, then swept the 12th round; scored 116-112 Martinez, 117-111 Burgos, 114-114; after the fight, Roman said, "Burgos is a big, strong, difficult guy to fight. I thought I won at least eight rounds, but the three rounds were very, very difficult. He came on and he threw a lot of overhand rights that really bothered me."…

 

2012 – WON VACANT WBO JL WORLD TITLE - in his last fight on 9-15-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round split decision against Miguel Beltran Jr. (27-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and stole the show; both gave tremendous efforts – both fought aggressively and scored repeatedly with hard combinations, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Beltran rocked Roman in the 4th and 5th rounds, but was cut over his left eye in the middle rounds and was penalized one point for punching behind the head in the 11th round; it looked like the decision could go either way and some observers thought Beltran deserved to win, but the judges scored 114-113, 114-113 Martinez, 116-111 Beltran…

 

2011 – WON WBO INTERCONTINENTAL JL TITLE - in his last fight on 10-1-11 in Bayamon, PR, he won by TKO (6th round) against lefthanded former world title challenger Daniel Attah (26-7-1): the scheduled 12-rounder was co-featured with the Juan Manuel Lopez-Mike Oliver main event, and Roman dominated; he scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, then scored two more knockdowns in the 6th - the first with a right hand, the second with a series of punches - and the referee stopped the fight at 1:50…

 

2010 – LOST WBO JL WORLD TITLE - on 9-4-10 in Glasgow, SCOT, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former Commonwealth super featherweight champion and local favorite Ricky Burns (28-2): the fight headlined at Kelvin Hall, and it was fast-paced, exciting, and close - one of the best fights of the year; both were rocked several times and the momentum shifted back and forth - Roman scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, then won the 2nd on two scorecards, but Burns came back and swept the 3rd and 4th rounds on all three scorecards, then staggered Roman with a series of punches in the 5th, swept the round, then won the 6th on two scorecards; Roman rallied and swept the 7th, Burns swept the 8th round, then Roman came back and swept the 9th; but Burns finished the fight strongly - he swept the 10th, 11th, and 12th rounds, and won by scores of 115-112, 115-112, 115-113…

2ND WBO JL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-29-10 in Bayamon he won by knockout (4th round) against Gonzalo Munguia (17-6-3): the scheduled 12-rounder was co-featured with the Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.-Zsolt Bedak main event, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Roman boxed well, but Munguia pressed forward and the momentum shifted back and forth - Munguia rallied and rocked Roman several times in the 3rd round, but Roman came back and staggered him late in the round; Roman scored a knockdown with a right uppercut in the 4th, and Munguia was counted out at 1:48; after three rounds, Roman led by scores of 29-28, 29-28, 30-27…

 

2009 – 1ST WBO JL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 9-12-09 in Hato Rey, PR, he won by TKO (9th round) against Feider Viloria (22-4-1): the scheduled 12-rounder was co-featured with the Ivan Calderon-Rodel Mayol main event; Viloria kept Roman off-balance with almost constant movement and the early rounds were close, but Roman pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; Roman rocked Viloria several times with right hands in the 8th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of right hands in the 9th and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59; after eight rounds, the fight was scored 77-75, 78-74 Martinez, 76-76…

WON WBO JL WORLD TITLE – on 3-14-09 in Manchester, ENG, he won by TKO (4th round) against defending champion Nicky Cook (29-1): the bout was co-featured with the Amir Khan-Marco Antonio Barrera main event; Cook boxed well and staggered Roman with a left hook in the 2nd round - Roman’s glove touched the canvas, but the referee did not rule a knockdown; Roman rallied and scored two knockdowns in the 4th, the first with a left uppercut, the second with a left hook - Cook got up both times, but was very unsteady after the second knockdown and the referee stopped the fight at 2:20; after three rounds, Cook led by scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28…

 

2008 –on 12-13-08 in Hato Rey he won a 10 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Walter Estrada (34-7): the bout was co-featured with the Eric Morel-Ricardo Vargas main event, and Roman dominated most of the fight; he scored one knockdown in the 9th round and another in the 10th, and won by scores of 98-89, 98-89, 97-90…

1ST NABO JL TITLE DEFENSE - on 8-30-08 in Bayamon he won by TKO (6th round) against lefthanded Santos Benavides (15-1-1): the scheduled 12-rounder was co-featured with the Ivan Calderon-Hugo Cazares main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and stole the show; Benavides scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd round, but Roman came back, rocked him with a series of punches later in the round, and rallied in the following rounds; Roman scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Benavides flat on his back in the 6th - he got up, but Roman rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:03…

On 4-25-08 in Toa Baja, PR, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Cristian Favela (15-14-4): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo; Roman outworked Favela and landed the sharper punches, and dominated the early and middle rounds; Favela rallied late in the fight, but Roman won by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 97-93...

On 2-23-08 in Caguas, PR, he won by TKO (3rd round) in the rematch against Jose Cruz (3-0): the scheduled 12-rounder was the rematch of their 6-round draw in October, 2003; Roman stopped Cruz in the 3rd round; after two rounds, he led by scores of 20-16, 20-16, 20-18...

 

2007 - WON NABO JL TITLE – on 8-25-07 in Bayamon, PR, he won by knockout (12th round) against Daniel Jimenez (17-1-1): the bout was co-featured with the Ivan Caleron-Hugo Cazares main event - it was a fast-paced, exciting fight that repeatedly brought the fans to their feet; Jimenez started strongly and outworked Roman in the early rounds, but Roman landed the harder punches and steadily wore him down; both tired in the late rounds but kept fighting hard; Roman scored a knockdown in the 12th round, and Jimenez was counted out at 1:51; after 10 rounds, the fight was scored 105-104, 105-104 Martinez, 105-104 Jimenez...

On 6-22-07 in Hato Rey, PR, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Genaro Trazcanos (21-8-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Juan Manuel Lopez-Giovanni Andrade main event; Roman scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round; Roman staggered Trazcanos with a series of punches in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:43...

On 2-2-07 in San Juan he won a 12 round split decision against 35 year-old Francisco Lorenzo (27-3): the bout headlined at Coliseo Pedrin Zorilla, and it was a close, exciting fight; Lorenzo outworked Roman in the early rounds with a relentless pace and built a lead on the scorecards, but Roman pressing forward and landed the harder punches; Roman was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 6th round, but rallied in the middle and late rounds and finished the fight strongly; it looked like the decision could go either way, but the judges scored 115-113, 115-113 Martinez, 115-113 Lorenzo…

 

2006 – on 11-17-06 in Guaynabo, PR, he won a technical decision (10th round) against Baudel Cardenas (15-7-2): the scheduled 12-rounder was one of the co-features at Coliseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales, and Roman dominated most of the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 9th round, then scored another knockdown in the 10th, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:41; no reason was reported why the fight went to the scorecards...

On 9-30-06 in Caguas he won by TKO (3rd round) against lefthanded 36 year-old three-time world title challenger Wilfredo Vargas (23-13-1): Roman scored one knockdown in the 2nd round and another in the 3rd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:56; after two rounds, Roman led by scores of 20-17 on all three scorecards...

 

2005 - on 10-21-05 in Hato Rey he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jose Soto Karrass (19-9): the bout was co-featured at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot; Roman was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads, but outworked Soto-Karass, the older brother of welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass, landed the harder punches, and dominated most of the fight; scored 98-91, 98-91, 97-92...

On 3-5-05 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Derrick Moon (9-6-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Jose Luis Castillo-Julio Diaz main event; Moon kept Roman off-balance with constant movement in the early rounds, but Roman kept pressing forward, slowed him down with body punches, and rallied in the middle and late rounds; scored 79-73, 77-75, 77-75...

On 1-27-05 in Glen Burnie, MD, he won by knockout (5th round) against Mario Lacey (7-7-4): Roman scored three knockdowns in the 4th round, all with right hand-left hook combinations; he scored another knockdown with the same two-punch combination in the 5th, and Lacey was counted out at 1:35...

 

2004 – on 7-15-04 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Johnny Walker (18-9): scored 80-72, 79-73, 79-73...

On 4-23-04 in Carolina, PR, he won by TKO (7th round) against Celestino Rodriguez (4-1-1)...

2003 – on 10-24-03 in Miccosukee, FL, he had a 6 round draw against undefeated prospect Jose Leonardo Cruz (9-0): scored 57-55 Martinez, 57-55 Cruz, 56-56...

On 4-12-03 in Miccosukee he won by TKO (3rd round) against Joe Johnson (1-3-2)...

On 2-21-03 in Miami, FL, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Adisone Sengaroun (4-7-1): Roman wore down Sengaroun, rocked him several times, and stopped him at 1:47 of the 3rd round…

 

2002 - on 10-27-02 Guaynabo, PR, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Israel Coraliz (3-15-3)...

On 10-5-02 in Detroit, MI, he won by knockout (1st round, 1:51) against Richard Boyd (debut)…

On 3-23-02 in Bayamon, PR, he won a 4 round split decision against Israel Galarza (1-0): Roman scored a knockdown in the 1st round, but Galarza came back and gave a good effort for the rest of the fight…

On 2-22-02 in Miami he won by knockout (1st round) against Ricky Piedra (1-0)…

He debuted at the age of 18 on 12-22-01 in Manati, PR, and won by TKO (4th round) against Wilfredo Ramos (1-3)…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Roman said through an interpreter, “I was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. I have six brothers and four sisters. Right now, my father is unemployed because he has a back issue, but he was working in construction. My mother is a housewife. Two of my brothers boxed as amateurs, but never turned pro.

“My interest in boxing started when I watched Felix “Tito” Trinidad and other great boxers, and I wanted to be like them.

“I started boxing when I was 12 years old and had 60 amateur fights, with a record of 45-15. I won the International José “Cheo” Aponte Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico, but I don’t remember which year. [note: results not currently available]

“I’m a fulltime fighter. I’m naturally righthanded. I’m not married, but I live with my girlfriend, Jennifer. We have one son, Luis Antonio Martinez, who is nine years old, and we had a daughter on September 7, 2012. Her name is Sofia Valentina.”…

 

KNOCKDOWNS: Roman said, “I’ve been knocked down, but I get up quickly.”…

  • 8-30-08: was knocked down against lefthanded Santos Benavides, left hand, 2nd round…

CUTS:

  • 11-9-13: was cut against Mikey Garcia – over left eye, 7th round…
  • 2-2-07: was cut against Francisco Lorenzo – over right eye, clash of heads, 6th round...
  • 10-21-05: was cut against Jose Soto-Karass – over right eye, clash of heads, middle rounds…

OTHER INJURIES: “I had a back injury earlier in my career, but it wasn’t that serious – it was like knots in my back. I’m in perfect health now.”…

FOULS: “No, I’ve never been penalized.”…

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement...has good punching power...tough, determined, and durable…is always in top condition, has good stamina...is experienced against good opposition...

 

WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t always use his skills, can neglect defense…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 12 years, 4 months…31 fights...212 total rounds...73 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.8 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 59 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 6 (4-1-1)...10 rounds – 4 (4-0)...