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Kiko Martinez to Face Former Champ Hasegawa in Second Title Defense

by on Jan.17, 2014, under Boxing News

 

Kiko Martinez, seen here at right with Arsen Martyrosian (photo courtesy of www.brianpeterspromotions.com)

Kiko Martinez, seen here at right with Arsen Martyrosian (photo courtesy of www.brianpeterspromotions.com)

With contracts signed and only the date and exact venue left to finalize, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Maravilla Box Promotions and Sampson Boxing are proud to announce that exciting IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Kiko “La SensaciĆ³n” Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) will make the second defense of his title in April against former two-time world champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan.

27-year-old Martinez became the country of Spain’s first-ever world champion at 122 pounds by rising from obscurity to stop heavily favored Jonathan Romero in dramatic fashion in August of 2013. In his first defense, he announced his rightful place among the elite by defeating also-favored South African Jeffrey Mathebula by ninth-round knockout. A hero in his homeland despite the nation’s refusal to televise his fights, Martinez is managed World Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, no relation. (continue reading…)

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