Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz would like to congratulate his newest world champion, Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez of Alicante, Spain, for his thrilling sixth-round stoppage over Jhonatan “Momo” Romero to win the IBF Super Bantamweight World Championship on Saturday night.
Fighting on the undercard of the Geale vs. Barker middleweight fight, Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) turned in a career-best performance as he battered and then finally stopped the formerly undefeated champion (23-1, 12 KOs) at 2:40 of the sixth.
“The bull was too strong for the matador,” said the proud Lewkowicz, still elated by Martinez’s upset victory. “I am so happy for Kiko, as he worked very hard for this victory. We always knew he was a champion and now the world knows.”
Lewkowicz, known for discovering international talent, has had several world champions under his promotional or advisory aegis. However, this was Martinez’s manager, world middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez’s, first world champion in a managerial role.
“Kiko is the first champion for Maravilla Box, Sergio’s management company,” continued Lewkowicz. “Sergio was a guest on Spanish TV, who also broadcast the fight, and when it was over he cried tears of joy on national TV. This is a very emotional victory for all of us involved with Kiko, who is a fighter who deserves his success. He works very hard for everything he gets.”
Lewkowicz would also like to thank the nights’ promoter and the American network that broadcast the fight.
“I send a warm thank you to Gary Shaw for making this fight happen and to HBO for their outstanding broadcast of the event. I look forward to working with them in the future to make several great title defenses for Kiko against the world’s best super bantamweights.”