Three-time world boxing champion and Africa’s first boxing Hall of Famer, Professor Azumah Nelson, says Mexican boxer Mario Martínez was his toughest opponent in his illustrious career.
Azumah Nelson enjoyed a remarkable career of 47 fights, two of them against the Mexican boxer who was known for his aggressiveness and had punches at the peak of his career.
Azumah’s maiden bout with Mario Martínez was for the vacant WBC Super featherweight title in 1989 where he won by an unpopular split decision.
An unhappy Martínez pushed for a rematch and has his request granted in 1989 but he lost by a 12-1 technical knockout.
Speaking to the Host of the Sports Highlight Show on GTV, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah, the boxing hall of famer picked the two bouts with Mario Martínez as the most grueling in his fighting career.
“Mario Martínez was very very tough; I always say that my toughest fight is rather Martínez.”
“This guy can punch that when I blocked the punch, I can feel weakness in my hand that in the ring, in between the fight, I asked myself, should this punch hit my jaw—big trouble, I will sleep.”
“Anything that I planned, because he knows the boxing, he turned it over.”