Boxing: Griffith High grad David Martin III wins decision at Horseshoe
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent February 17, 2013 7:38PM
Updated: March 19, 2013 6:40AM
HAMMOND — David Martin III came out of his locker and into the boxing ring to the music of MC Hammer “Can’t Touch This” hoping to give the crowd a good laugh.
He definitely achieved his goal.
But his plan to give the crowd a good bon voyage with a first-or second-round knockout didn’t go exactly as planned.
Instead, Martin III went the distance — still entertaining the crowd with a number of stunning hits — earning the unanimous decision over Chicago’s Felix Abner in Friday night’s final bout of the session to conclude Bobby Hitz’ Boxing “Fight Night at the Horseshoe.”
Martin III improved his mark to 7-0-1 (5 KOs) with the win.
The former Griffith football and wrestling standout said he was happy to get back in the win column but disappointed he didn’t light up his opponent and put him on the mat.
“I wanted to knock him out,” Martin III said. “I stunned him a few times. But I could never put him away. You never want to put the fight in the hands of the judges if you don’t have to but this time it worked out.”
Martin III had a strong first round winning all three scorecards as he connected more meaningful punches than Abner.
But Martin III backed off a little bit in Round 2. Turned out, Martin III strained his left bicep 30 seconds into the second round and had to change his philosophy the rest of the bout.
“It’s just one of those things that happens,” he said. “Maybe my left bicep wasn’t warmed up enough. My training for this fight was a little bit rough in terms of (trainer) Jack (Callahan) and I being able to hook up because of my work schedule. So I had to do a lot of the training myself.”
Martin III pushed back in the final four rounds and threw jabs and combinations to get back on track. Abner only won one round on two of the scorecards (59-55) and two rounds on the last scorecard (58-56).
In the main event, Chicago middleweight Donatas Bondorovas (17-3-1, 6 KO’s) earned his second straight win over “King” David Thomas (10-4-2, 8 KO’s) and claimed the UBF middleweight title with a second-round TKO (2:09). Referee Curt Spivey waved off the fight as Thomas struggled to get out of the ropes in Round 2.
It was the second time in two fights between the two boxers that Bondorovas won with a second-round TKO.
Popular boxer Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez continued his perfect mark (10-0, 7 KO’s) with a second-round TKO over Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-18-3, 12 KO’s). Jimenez gave Walker a healthy dose of body shots and uppercuts stunning Walker in the first round and forcing his corner to call the fight at the 1:30 mark in the second frame.
Walker has not won a fight in 16 matches – losing 15 and earning one draw.
Other results included: Chicago cruiserweight Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz (8-0, 5 KO’s) beating Grover “The Cobra” Young with a six-round unanimous decision; bantamweight Johnny Determan knocking out Indiana’s Guadalupe Bueno at 2:59 in the first round; and “Irish” Jimmy Murphy defeating Adam Alvarez in knockout fashion at 1:24 in the first round.
Chicago welterweight Nick Ramirez (1-0-1) won his first pro fight with a TKO over Tremaine Pride. Ramirez won the fight after Pride’s shoulder came dislocated forcing him to call the bout. Adan Ortiz improved to 6-0 with five knockouts with a first-round knockout of LeShaun Blair and lightweight Russell Fiore (7-2-1, 6 KO’s) won a unanimous four-round decision over Rockford’s Anthony Linsenfelser.