Pod Index: Roman Martinez vs. Diego Magdaleno

By Boxing Analytics on April 12, 2013
Pod Index: Roman Martinez vs. Diego Magdaleno
All three judges were in agreement in seven of the twelve rounds. (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Coming into the fight, the 30-year-old Martinez, who hails from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, was 26-1-2. Magdaleno, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 23-0…

On April 6, 2013 in Macao, China, WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez successfully defended his title by split decision over formerly undefeated Diego Magdaleno. Coming into the fight, the 30-year-old Martinez, who hails from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, was 26-1-2. Magdaleno, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 23-0. The three judges’ total scores were divergent. Robert Hoyle had Magdaleno winning 116-111, while Michael Pernick and Levi Martinez scored a narrow victory for the champion. Although their scorecards differed, the judges’ round by round consistency was relatively high.  The total Pod Index for the match was 72.2%, as compared to 69.7% for all fights in the most competitive category. Despite the split decision, all three judges were in agreement in seven of the twelve rounds. Of the five split rounds, Hoyle and Martinez scored in the minority twice each, while Pernick was the odd man out once.




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  1. Matt Podgorski 06:25pm, 04/12/2013

    What is most interesting about this match is that if we happen to use the little known consensus scoring system instead of the current scoring system, Diego would have won 114-113.  The consensus system takes the median average score of the 3 scores for each round—in other words, it takes the majority score for each round as the one official score for that round.  In that system, Diego won 7 of the 12 rounds. 

    It is unusual for a fighter to lose, but win on 2 of the 3 judges’ score cards on more than half of the rounds.  But it happened here.

  2. Ted 05:53pm, 04/12/2013

    Matt, you are onto something big here. Stay with it.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:18pm, 04/12/2013

    Pernick and Rocky’s Tio Levi that is!

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 03:15pm, 04/12/2013

    Here’s what I think…the judges were giving more credit to Rocky’s punches especially after the second round flash knockdown and less to Diego’s because of the way Martinez was eating them up as he bored in throughout the fight.

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