Kiko Martinez vs Jordan Gill Preview October 29th, 2022
Former IBF Featherweight and Super Bantamweight Champion Kiko Martinez of Spain takes on Jordan Gill of Huntingdon, England in London this Saturday, October 29th. The 12-round bout is for Gill’s European featherweight Crown and can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Martinez last fought in March when he lost his featherweight title by seventh-round stoppage to Josh Warrington. Martinez has won the belt in his previous bout with a sixth-round upset knockout of Kid Galahad. Gill last boxed in February when he stopped Karim Guefri in the ninth round to take the European Title after being dropped two rounds earlier.
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Martinez vs Gill Betting Odds
- Kiko Martinez +275
- Jordan Gill -375
The 36-year-old Martinez owns a mark of 43-11-2 with 30 Ko’s to his name. He’s usually fallen just short when fighting the elite of his weight divisions against boxers such as Gary Russell Jr, Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, Josh Warrington, Leo Santa Cruz, Rendall Munroe and Takalani Ndlovu but of course hit the jackpot against Kid Galahad earlier this year.
He has his fair share of losses as Frampton and Munroe each beat him twice while Frampton stopped him once as did Russell, Quigg, Santa Cruz and Warrington. He also dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Zelfa Barrett in February, 2021. Martinez won the IBF Super Bantamweight Belt in 2013 by stopping Jonathan Romero in the sixth round.
He defended it against Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa by knockout before losing it to Frampton by unanimous decision. He’s also beaten Bernard Dunne, Arsen Matirosyan and Jason Booth as a pro while his two draws were with Eusebio Osejo over eight rounds in 2016 and a three-round technical affair with Marc Vidal two years later. Along the way Martinez has also captured the European Super Bantamweight Title a couple of times as well as the and WBO Latino Super Bantamweight Crown.
It appeared he was in the twilight of his career before beating Galahad but was brought back to earth with his loss against Warrington. Martinez’s fights are usually exciting due to his power and unsteady chin as he has 30 Ko’s in 43 wins and has been stopped in five of his 11 defeats. His current knockout ratio sits at 53.6 per cent and he stands 5-feet-5-inches tall with a 66-inch reach with 333 rounds under his belt since making his pro debut in 2004.
The 28-year-old Gill enters the contest with an impressive record of 27-1-1 with 8 Ko’s. Yes, that’s just eight stoppages which means he may not appear to be too much of a threat to Martinez when it comes to power as his current knockout ratio stands at just 27.6 per cent. Gill has boxed 148 rounds since making his pro debut in 2012 and stands 5-feet-7-inches tall with an unlisted reach. This gives him a two-inch edge in height over Martinez.
Gill’s lone defeat came at the hands of Mario Enrique Tinoco when he was stopped after eight rounds in 2019. He lost his WBA International Featherweight Title in that fight after stopping Emmanuel Dominguez in the third round in his previous outing to win the belt. Since turning pro he’s also captured the Commonwealth Featherweight Title and regained the vacant WBA International Featherweight Title last year with a 10-round unanimous decision over Cesar Juarez. The lone draw on Gill’s record was a three-round technical affair against Alan Castillo last December.
Just 12 of Gill’s 29 opponents have entered the ring with winning records but his power shouldn’t be underrated as he’s dropped several opponents without stopping them. However, he’s also been decked himself a few times along the way. Gill has also earned wins over Jason Cunningham and Reece Bellotti as a pro.
It’s hard to imagine Martinez outboxing Gill at this stage of their careers but he certainly has the power to stop him if he lands on the chin, and he may need to considering the state of judging in the UK recently. Martinez always has a puncher’s chance but he doesn’t really possess the greatest chin and he’s now 36 years old. He definitely has more experience than Gill and it’s possible Gill will be in over his head here. Logic points towards a Gill victory here though, but I’m going to go with Martinez in a mild betting upset.
Martinez’s power could result in victory.
Play: Martinez +275 @ BetOnline.ag
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