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Showtime Recap: Adames, Lubin, and Martinez Emerge Victorious

A hard fought Showtime Boxing main event in Minnesota saw Carlos Adames get a TKO win to retain his interim WBC middleweight crown. S Saadeq Ahmed recaps #AdamesWilliams

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Showtime Recap: Adames, Lubin, and Martinez Emerge Victorious


Showtime Recap: Adames, Lubin, and Martinez Emerge Victorious

Premier Boxing Champions returned to the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, with a card headlined by Carlos Adames (23-1, 18 KOs) and Julian Williams (28-4-1, 16 KOs, 1 NC). In addition to the main event, Showtime Boxing also broadcasted a clash between Erickson Lubin (25-2, 18 KOs) and Luís Arias (20-4-1, 9 KOs, 1 NC). The telecast began with an IBF super flyweight world title fight between Fernando Martinez (16-0, 9 KOs) and Jade Bornea (18-1, 12 KOs). All fights saw plenty of action and none of them went the distance.

Adames vs. Williams

There was a lot of back and forth action in this fight that ended with some controversy. Throughout the bout, Adames switched between orthodox and southpaw as he used a mixture of punches to the body and power shots against Williams. On the other hand, Williams utilized his movement and landed combinations from different angles. Towards the backend of the contest, Adames clearly stung Williams on a number of occasions. However, Williams was able to tie up and roll punches to avoid being knocked down or out.

By the ninth round, Adames was able slow down Williams. He proceeded to land some hard hooks and cut Williams. As a result, Adames did what he could to get the stoppage. Williams was able to avoid a number of these shots to avoid getting dropped. However, as Adames continued to throw, the referee called a stop to the bout with 15 seconds to go in round nine. Williams and his trainer both protested this decision to no avail. With the win, Adames is now unbeaten in his last five fights while Williams has now lost three of his last four.

Lubin vs. Arias

Lubin, fighting for the first time in 14 months, became the first fighter to stop Arias in their 10-round fight fought at a 157 lb catchweight. From the very beginning, Lubin showed that he was a class above as he picked Arias apart with sharp punching. As the fight went on, Arias resorted to more roughhousing. In the fifth round, Lubin caught Arias with a chopping right hand that him to the canvas. Despite Arias beating the count, the referee waved the fight off. The official stoppage came at the 2:11 mark.

Martinez vs. Bornea

Martinez made another successful defense of his IBF super flyweight title, defeating Bornea by technical knockout in the eleventh round. From the very beginning, Martinez was set upon using his power shots against Bornea. However, Bornea’s jab and range prevented Martinez from landing at will. In round nine, Martinez landed a left hook that caused blood to spill profusely from Bornea’s ears. The referee appeared to consider whether or not to stop the bout, but Bornea insisted on continuing.

The following two rounds saw Martinez gain momentum and hurting Bornea even more. Roughly 30 seconds into round 11, the referee waved off the fight. With the win, Martinez has successfully defended his belt twice. He remains undefeated while Bornea suffers the first loss of his professional career.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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