Boxing

 
              === Martinez hangs on to take title from Chavez ===
 
 Las  Vegas,  NV (Sports  Network) -  Sergio Martinez  dominated for 11 rounds,
 then  escaped  a  manic 12th  by  Julio  Cesar  Chavez  Jr. to  take  the  WBC
 middleweight belt.
 
 In  the  end, Martinez (50-2-2) took  a 118-109, 118-109 and 117-110 decision,
 but it was the final round that proved most memorable.
 
 There,  a bloodied Chavez (46-1-1) managed to send Martinez to the canvas with
 a  flurry of  left hooks.  Martinez  staggered to  his feet,  but was  knocked
 down  again in  the round and was  taking a heavy beating when the bell marked
 the end of the fight.
 
 Also  on Saturday,  Roman Martinez defeated Miguel Beltran in a split decision
 at  the  Thomas &  Mack Center  to capture the  vacant WBO super featherweight
 belt.
 
 Martinez  (26-1-1) held  the slight  edge  on the  scorecards with  a pair  of
 114-113 rulings while one judge had Beltran (27-2) up 116-111.
 
 
 
 09/16 02:40:03 ET

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