Martinez-Arroyo ends in no contest

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Photo: Emily Harney

By Bill Luppert at ringside

In a Mexico vs. Puerto Rico showdown, WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez (18-1 14 KOs) and McWilliams Arroyo (21-4 16 KOs) ended in a no contest on Friday night on the Andrade-Quigley undercard at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Both Martinez and Arroyo were on the canvas in round one. Arroyo was cut over the right eye and dropped again in round two. After round two, Arroyo said he couldn’t see and the match was halted.

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  • Outstanding 1st round. Martinez was throwing wide, looping left hooks with power. Not to sound disrespectful to Arroyo, but I think that he could have continued if he really wanted to. He went back to his corner after Round 2 and immediately said that he could not see out of his eye. He was hurt bad after the 1st Round. I thought I lip-read him asking his corner “what happened” at the end of Round 1.

  • My man Arroyo quit plain and simple. He exited stage left as soon as it was apparent that he could do so….

  • What do you mean, QUIT? The guy had 2 different cuts on the same eyelid. A couple of shots would of open that thing right up.

  • If the cut was caused by a headbutt,then then it was the right call. I would say it was the smart thing to do by Arroyo. He was beeding profusely and all that blood in the eye was gonna make it impossible to have a chance against Mattinez, who throws really fast punches and from crazy angles. If they have a rematch Arroyo should have a better perpective on how to prepare for the hard puncher. When Cesar Martinez jumped up from the knockdown & was trying to regain his balance, Arroyo was too gentleman like and didn’t hit him when could had; & maybe even finish him right there and then.

  • I can’t wait for Crawford to fight Errol Spence. Although I really like Spence, Crawford will win. He’s going to finally get the recognition he has so long deserved.

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