On March 8, at the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers in Amman, Jordan, Filipino boxer N. Martinez accomplished a career milestone by being the first Filipino boxer to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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N. Martinez Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
In the third round of their men’s middleweight (75 kg) tournament, N. Martinez gave it his all against Mongolia’s Byamba-Erden Otgonbaatar and won via referee stoppage to go to the semifinals and secure his spot in the world championship match.
The 24-year-old pug is the third Filipino (after pole vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlos Yulo) to qualify for the quadrennial event, which will be held in Beijing, China, from July 24 to August 9.
After an opening round of exchanging blows, the judges awarded the round to N. Martinez, the top seed from the Philippines.
Although N. Martinez scored a knockout in the second round by landing a body shot directly on the Mongolian’s button, the judges gave him a 4-1 advantage going into the third and final round.
Disappointed with the outcome of the second round, N. Martinez came out swinging in the third, knocking Otgonbaatar to the floor repeatedly.
The Referee Stopped the Fight with 45 Seconds Remaining, Advancing Marcial to the Medal Round in Tokyo.
N. Martinez is the tournament’s top seed after a strong showing at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and the silver medal he won at the 2019 World Championships.
Having won his first professional bout by knockout on April 9 in Las Vegas, on the undercard of the Erickson Lubin vs. Sebastian Fundora title fight, N. Martinez, the Philippines’ 2021 middleweight Olympic bronze winner, is ready to get back to work.
The Philippines’ N. Martinez (2-0, 1 KO), who trains in Las Vegas, showed the poise of a seasoned veteran as he knocked out New Jersey’s Isiah Hart (6-3-1, 4 KOs) in the fourth round at the 47-second mark in a firefight battle planned for six rounds.
That’s a lot of combat experience for someone who just had his second pro bout.
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