Martinez may have only won 51 percent of his fights by way of knockout, but his busy feet and active style allow him to get in the world’s most dangerous punch: the one your opponent does not see. That is, of course, how he ended the fight against the iron-jawed Paul Williams.
Martinez not only counters, but does so with the perfect complementary punch: short, dangerous hooks that come from either hand at any moment. The hooks may not always carry knockout power, but they hurt his opponent.
Martinez may have lost the decision to Williams in the first fight, but Martinez’s punches seemed to do more damage, and he gave Williams a nasty cut above his left eye as a result of those vicious right hooks.
Martinez knows his ability to counterpunch is his greatest asset as a boxer, and lures his opponent in by keeping his hands down. He then bobs around or under the punch and delivers those short hooks to the head and body, often doing damage while he avoids taking any himself.
The opponent usually ends up clinching, the ref breaks them apart and Martinez repeats the process through the course of the fight.