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By Joel Priest
Special to TALON 



J. Priest

STALKING HIS PREY: San Juan County's own 'Ironman' Joe Martinez (formerly Gomez), left, closes in on opponent Corey Alarcon of Denver, Colo., during super-welterweight action last Saturday, March 3, inside Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center in Ignacio, Colo.

Fighting on the undercard of Left Hook Promotions' "March Boxing Madness" event. Martinez aggressively floored Alarcon in his foe's corner, and Alarcon was officially counted out at 2:54 of Round 2 (six were scheduled).

"I was predicting the fourth," said Martinez, a 2003 Aztec High graduate who wore black trunks with Tiger orange trim for the bout. "But...the sooner the better, so it's all good! I'd dedicated myself in the gym, I'm up early in the mornings, and I know the sacrifices my coaches have made for me and the sacrifices my family has.... So I just knew this was going to happen."

Having virtually ignored his own Feb. 19 birthday to ramp up his training, Martinez improved to 21-7-1 as a pro via his tenth knockout. The well-traveled Alarcon slipped to 17-21-1. "Fighting in front of my fans...at Sky Ute, the electricity, the energy is amazing, you know?" Martinez said. "Especially going against somebody like Corey; he's fought a lot of world champs, and he's gone the distance with a lot of guys. For me to stop him in the second round really meant a lot."


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