Juan Diaz-Ebo Elder Off, Raul Martinez Added To ESPN PPV

16.04.05 - Undefeated bantamweight prospect Raul Martinez has been inserted into the opening television slot for the April 23 ESPN pay-per-view fight card from Caesars Palace, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Martinez, who will Larry Olvera in a six round bantamweight bout, was selected for the opening bout following the cancellation of the Diaz-Elder WBA world championship contest due to a cut suffered by Diaz in sparring..

Martinez (7-0, 6 KO’s) has stopped three opponents in the first round. The 23-year-old San Antonio, TX native is a two-time U.S. National Amateur Champion who compiled an amateur record of 70-20-1 before turning pro in May 2003. In his last bout on March 10, 2005, he stopped Jose Luis Cardenas in three rounds (TKO 3).

WBA lightweight champion Juan Diaz has been forced to cancel his April 23 world title defence against Ebo Elder due to a cut sustained this morning while sparring, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. According to Diaz’s manager Willie Savannah, while in the first of his scheduled five rounds of sparring, Diaz was cut on the left eyelid by a punch from his sparring partner Ramiro Cano.

Houston ophthalmologist Dr. John Webb characterized the injury as a “laceration of 1 ˝ inches, lateral over the left eyelid”. He also reported that “multiple sutures were inserted”.

More information, on the new order of the April 23 bouts, will be forthcoming.

Article posted on 16.04.2005

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