Martinez Defends Title Against Bornea
IBF super flyweight champion Fernando Martinez (15-0, 8 KOs) defends his title on June 24 against Filipino Jade Bornea (18-0, 12 KOs). The matchup will be part of this Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader which sees Carlos Adames headlining against Julian Williams. Fight fans will definitely want to turn in for the beginning of Showtime’s tripleheader as they will not want to miss what should be an excellent clash between super flyweights.
Martinez won his belt in dominant fashion by defeating Jerwin Ancajas by a wide unanimous decision in February 2022. Ancajas was previously the reigning super flyweight champion for five and a half years up until that point. Just under eight months after their initial meeting, the two meet in a rematch. Martinez won yet again via unanimous decision. He will now look to defend his title against Bornea.
Bornea began his professional career in his native Philippines. This will be his second trip to the USA having previously fought in Toppenish, Washington, USA, in January 2020. He became mandatory challenger following a third round stoppage of Mohammed Obbadi in Monterey, Mexico in January 2022. Against Martinez, he will seek to add his name to the list of Filipino boxing champions.
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Martinez vs. Bornea fight information
This clash for the IBF super flyweight title will take place at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The fight will open the Showtime broadcast which begins at 9 p.m. ET on June 24.
Also on the card is a bout between Erickson Lubin and Luís Arias. Big Fight Weekend spoke with Arias this week on his upcoming clash and the results of the interview can be read here.
The main event of the tripleheader pits Adames against former unified super welterweight champion Williams. Ringwalks for the main event are expected at 11 p.m. ET. Timings are subject to change due to the length of undercard bouts.