Martínez frustrated as rematch talks stall
A rematch between Nikki Bascome and David Martínez is dead in the water after negotiations broke down between the two boxers.
Manuel Garrido, Martínez’s promoter and trainer, has expressed his frustration with Bascome’s team for refusing to agree to “fair terms” and insists the Bermudian was “very lucky” to win the first contest.
Garrido believes the one-sided scorecards did not reflect what unfolded at the Fairmont Southampton last November and asked for neutral judges for the rematch in addition to a larger share of the purse for Martínez.
He also wanted the judges to wear noise-cancelling headphones during the match to allow the officials to concentrate on the fight without being subconsciously influenced by the home crowd.
“The rematch unfortunately is not going to happen and this is not due to a lack of interest in Martínez,” Garrido told The Royal Gazette. “We are asking for overseas judges and headphones for the judges, so their criteria would not be compromised by the noise of the fans.
“This is commonly used in all four major organisations [World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation] and also, a proper increase in Martínez’s purse.
“We believe [talks broke down] because we were asking for fair terms and Martínez would actually have a chance to win this time.”
Garrido says Martínez was desperate to return to Bermuda and avenge his unanimous decision defeat to Bascome in their IBA International Welterweight Championship bout.
“Martínez is quite disappointed that Bascome is not willing to step in the ring with him one more time,” added Garrido, whose company Miura Boxing exports Mexican fighters throughout the world.
“We understand that he knows he was very lucky with the decision of the judges. Martínez interest was not only to face Bascome and beat him in a second fight but to fight again in Bermuda.
“He felt as if he was at home and he wishes that some day he has the opportunity to give Bermuda a great fight against a boxer who is also willing to fight and not run around the ring.”
Martínez has now switched his attention to his next fight against seasoned Mexican Ulises Jiménez in Mexico City on March 9.
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