Fernando Daniel Martinez vs Jade Bornea Preview June 24th, 2023
Unbeaten IBF Jr. Bantamweight Champion Fernando Daniel Martinez of Argentina will be defending his title for the second time when he takes on undefeated Jade Bornea of the Philippines this Saturday, June 24th. The 12-round bout from Minneapolis, Minnesota can be seen live in the USA on Showtime. Martinez beat Jerwin Ancajas by a wide unanimous decision in his last outing in October in a rematch after taking the title from Ancajas eight months earlier via the same manner. Bornea last saw action in August when he stopped Ivan Meneses in the seventh round.
MARTINEZ VS BORNEA BETTING ODDS
- Jade Bornea +325
- Fernando Martinez -450
Martinez is an energetic 31-year-old with a perfect record of 15-0 with 8 Ko’s. He made his pro debut in 2017 and has boxed 92 rounds since. He has decent power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 53.3 per cent but has gone the distance in three of his last four fights. Most of his opponents were basically relative unknowns until meeting Ancajas last when he pulled off an upset in his first fight in America. He then repeated the feat in the rematch, also in the USA.
Martinez had a good amateur career where he beat Andrew Moloney and fought in the World Series of Boxing. Since turning pro, He has also captured the vacant Argentina FAB Super Flyweight Title and the WBC Silver Super Flyweight Title. He’s listed as just 5-feet-2-inches tall with a 64-inch reach but packs a lot of energy into his small frame. Martinez has also beaten the likes of Angel Aquino, Abel Silva, Athenkosi Dumezweni, Carlos Ruiz and Nicolas Botelli.
The 28-year-old Bornea also carries around a perfect record as he enters the ring with a mark of 18-0 with 12 Ko’s and has boxed 87 rounds since making his pro debut in 2014. Before that he enjoyed a fine amateur career and made it to the semifinals of the 2014 Philippine National Games and 2012 Youth World Championships. He also fought in the 2013 Asian Junior Boxing Championships where he beat Kosei Tanaka, Shatlykmurat Muradov and Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
As a pro, Bornea won the vacant Philippine Super Flyweight Title in 2016, the vacant IBF Youth Super Flyweight Title in 2017, the vacant Oriental Youth Super Flyweight Belt in 2018 and the North American Boxing Association Super Flyweight Crown in 2020. Bornea measures 5-feet-4-inches in height and has a 67-inch reach. This gives him a two-inch edge in height on Martinez and a three-inch reach advantage. as far as power goes, Bornea has plenty of it with a current 66.7 per cent knockout ratio and has stopped five of his last seven opponents.
There’s no doubt that Bornea has the better boxing skills and plenty of power but Martinez is a whirlwind in the ring as he landed a division-record 421 power punches in the first meeting with Ancajas. He’s a volume puncher supreme and that makes up for his lack of size. Martinez is extremely aggressive in the ring and has a solid chin, but may be in a bit of trouble if Bornea keeps his distance and tries to outbox him. From what I’ve seen of Martinez though, I’m expecting him to throw punches in bunches again and retain his belt.
Martinez is a bit of a pit bull in the squared circle.
Play: Martinez -450 @ BetOnline.ag
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