World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez trained today for the first time in Macao, China and then was face to face with his Saturday’s foe Diego Magdaleno in an event with press held in Hong Kong as promotion for the bout at the Venetian Casino & Resort, where they will fight in a Top Rank presentation to be broadcasted on HBO2.
Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs) worked today with his trainer Raul “Papo” Torres in some light exercises and stretching, making some rounds of gloves with also trainer Dennis Pantoja. Martinez hit the punching bag and jumped the ropes too during his job.
After the training, Martinez, who won the title in September, 2012, with a decision over Miguel Beltran Jr., went to Hong Kong, where he was part of a promotional event with some of the fighter, including his rival, Magdaleno (23-0, 9 KOs), the #1 ranked by the WBO in the junior lightweight division.
Besides the Martinez vs Magdaleno clash, will be in action Brian Viloria (32-3, 19 KOs) defending his WBO flyweight title against Juan Francisco Estrada (22-2, 18 KOs), the debut of two time Olympic Gold Medalist Zou Shiming, from China, fighting against Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-2, 1 KOs), and former WBO superbantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (22-2-1, 19 KOs) will defend his WBO International 122 pounds belt against Yasutaka Ishimoto (21-6, 5 KOs).
The HBO2 broadcast on Saturday, April 6, that will present the Martinez-Magdaleno, Viloria-Estrada and Shiming-Valenzuela bouts, begins at 2:00 p.m. ET.