Sandor Martin vs Jose Felix Preview April 1st, 2022
The vacant WBA International Super Lightweight Title is on the line this Friday, April 1st when Sandor Martin takes on Jose Felix of Mexico in his hometown of Barcelona, Spain. The 10-round bout can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Martin pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory when he beat former world champion and pound-for-pound great Mikey Garcia by 10-round majority decision last October. Felix last boxed in August when he dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Tyrone McKenna for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Lightweight Belt.
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Martin vs Felix Betting Odds
- Jose Felix +700
- Sandor Martin -1250
Martin isn’t very well known outside of Europe, where he’s the current Super Lightweight Champion, but most boxing fans around the world were a bit shocked when he beat Garcia last year to make a name for himself. He’s a 28 year-old southpaw with an impressive mark of 39-2 with 13 Kos and has boxed 264 rounds since making his pro debut in 2011. Martin, who also has experience as a kickboxer, stands just over 5-feet-7-inches tall but unfortunately has an unlisted reach.
The Spaniard doesn’t really possess much in the way of power in his fists as his current knockout ratio is just 31.7 per cent. He won the Spanish Super Lightweight Title in 2014 with a technical decision over Ignacio Mendoza and first captured the European Belt in 2015 via a unanimous decision over Samuele Esposito. He then added the WBC Youth Silver Super Lightweight Title in 2015 when he stopped Gyorgy Mizsei in the fourth round.
The first loss suffered by Martin came at the hands of Alexandre Lepelley by an eight-round decision in 2013. He also lost to Anthony Yigit by12-round unanimous decision in 2017 when he lost the European Belt. He regained the vacant title two years later though when he beat Andrea Scarpa after the ninth round.
As for Felix, he’s a 29-year-old from Los Mochis, who climbs into the ring with a mark of 39-5-1 with 30 Kos. He’s boxed 199 rounds since turning pro in 2009 as a teenager and has better-than-average power with a current knockout ratio of 66.7 per cent. He’s just over 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 70.5-inch reach which gives him an inch height advantage on Martin.
Felix went five years a a pro with a 27-0-1 record before suffering his first defeat to Bryan Vasquez in 2014 when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision in a shot at the vacant WBA interim Super Featherweight Title. He then dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Jonathan Maicelo in 2017 when he was decked five times and was stopped in the ninth round by Marcos Villasana a year later for the vacant WBC Latino light Crown.
His next loss came two fights later when Isaac Cruz halted Felix in the third round in November, 2018 and then lost to McKenna in his last outing. His lone draw was a four-round affair with Maximilano Galindo back in 2010. he’s been stopped twice and has been dropped several times during his career but fortunately for Felix, Martin isn’t known for his power.
Martin stepped up in class last year against Garcia and passed the test with flying colours. It was either a one-off, once-in-a-lifetime performance or he’s a lot better than most boxing fans thought. He’s got the chance to prove the latter is correct when he meets Felix this weekend. Since he’s fighting at home and should be full of confidence, I’m expecting him to be able to handle Felix to post his 40th pro victory.
Martin’s boxing skills give him the edge.
Play: Martin -1250 @ BetOnline.ag
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