Last night in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire and Demetrius Andrade all scored big wins, and important ones for their futures. Garcia broke down defending titleholder Roman Martinez, Donaire survived some tough moments to take out Vic Darchinyan for a second time, and Andrade broke out with his biggest win, and first title victory, over Vanes Martirosyan.
Right here, you’ll find even more on the Andrade vs. Martirosyan, Martinez vs. Garcia and Donaire vs. Darchinyan results.
In the Andrade-Martirosyan fight, Andrade dominated much of the fight, despite a first round flash knockdown, but only took home a split decision win by scores of 117-110, 114-113 and 112-115.
“He caught me but I stayed focused,” said Andrade about the knockdown. “I stayed focused and continued to jab and started to pick him apart. I started to feel comfortable inside and won the fight.” On becoming a world champion, “This feels great and my time is now.”
In Donaire-Darchinyan II, Nonito Donaire was getting out-fought for much of the fight. By the 9th round, he was behind on several of the official scorecards. However, he still had enough ammunition remaining in his left hook to hurt and take out Darchinyan for a come from behind victory. Certainly there are still plenty of questions about where Donaire stands today.
In the main event, Mikey Garcia became a two-division champion much in the way that most thought he would. He dominated and battered Martinez, although like Andrade in the opening bout, he had to survive an early surprise knockdown.
It was a competitive and intriguing tripleheader and night of boxing on HBO. Stay tuned with us over the next few days for more updates and coverage on these bouts.