After one of the worse loses of his career, Anthony Ferrante wasted no time explaining his poor performance against Pedro Martinez Friday night in Harrah’s Philadelphia.
According to Ferrante, he was sick and should not have been in the ring in the first place for his slated six-round bout against Martinez.
“I should have pulled out of the fight but my stubbornness didn’t allow me to,” Ferrante told On “Q” Sports exclusively early Saturday morning after his bad loss to Martinez.
“It was irresponsible on my part to fight under that condition I was in.”
Ferrante was upstaged by Martinez, who was more active throughout an ugly bout and just seemed to want the fight more. The bout was a so-called “tune-up” for Ferrante in preparation for his rematch against Anthony Caputo Smith, who edged Ferrante in a controversial bout in late January.
Smith won a questionable split decision for the USBA Cruiserweight Title and many believed that Ferrante was the more active and dominate boxer in that one.
However, the case could not be made for Ferrante against a slower and inferior Martinez.
Martinez won on all three judges’ scorecards, including a 60-54 card handed in by Pierre Benoist. The 30-year-old Martinez was able to use his jab and consistently forced the issue in the second, third and fourth rounds, backing up Ferrante and making him uncomfortable all night long.
There were times during the bout that Ferrante looked gassed, especially in the fifth and towards the end of the bout.
Martinez improved to 7-7, but the story of the night was the lack of effort by Ferrante, who as early as Wednesday was still explaining his lackluster outing.
“I was in the hospital for a few days, 21 days before the Caputo fight for double pneumonia. I just got done with the doctor and it has returned. I couldn’t breathe after the first round,” Ferrante added.
Many might question Ferrante’s motivation for taking the bout if he was sick, but for him to admit he put on a poor performance should be commended.
The loss dropped him to 12-6 in his career and there is still doubt as to whether he will fight Smith again in May according to several sources. Some in Smith’s camp do not seem the need for a rematch after watching Friday night’s affair against Martinez.
Ferrante, however, still believes he deserves a shot at Smith and a rematch, despite dropping two straight.
“We are working on the Smith fight. He gave me his word for the rematch. I hope he is a real man and lives up to his words.”
Rich Quinones is an award winning broadcaster and the lead blow-by-blow Boxing voice for GFL.tv and Go Fight Live’s Boxing on Comcast. He has sat ringside calling the action with Monte Barrett, Brian Adams, Amir Mansour, Danny Garcia, James Kirkland, Mark Breland and Ronnie Shields, while broadcasting over 90 bouts for GFL in 2013-2014.