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Aztec’s Joe Martinez was his old dominant self Saturday night in his first boxing match since May 2016, taking down Denver’s Corey Alarcon in a second-round knockout at the Sky Ute Casino Resort Events Center in Ignacio, Colo.

Martinez, who improved to 21-7-1 fighting professionally the in the super welterweight class (154 pounds), beat Denver’s Terry Buterbaugh via unanimous decision in his last fight. It was also Martinez’s 10th career knockout victory.

“It was a win I needed,” Martinez said.

Martinez said he was sluggish in the first round, rusty from not fighting in a live match for almost two years.

“First round, I wasn’t producing as many jabs as I should have,” Martinez said.

However, Martinez said Alarcon was rather laid back to start the first round and didn’t start pushing back until the second round. Martinez also said he noticed Alarcon started dropping his down frequently.

Martinez began establishing more jabs entering the second round, which helped him see where could throw uppercuts.

“We started to going to the body more in the second round, and it started breaking him down,” Martinez said.

Martinez said he landed a big right uppercut in second when Alarcon was up against the ropes, which was a difference-maker.

Martinez said he’s unsure how soon he will be able to book another fight, but will keep an eye out for any possible offers in the near future.

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