Former EliteXC champ K.J. Noons, UFC vet Terry Martin earn weekend boxing wins
Former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons and UFC veteran Terry Martin both picked up boxing victories in separate shows over the weekend.
Noons (11-2) earned a unanimous decision win over Randy Pogue (8-9-2) on the undercard of Grady Brewer vs. Albert Onolunose, which was held Saturday at the PALA Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, Calif.
Martin (2-0) scored a second-round knockout of Rayvon Wilson (0-6-1) on the undercard of Andy Lee vs. Anthony Shuler, held Friday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.
Noons went the distance with his Muay Thai champion opponent. He won the six-round unanimous decision via scores of 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55 (meaning he lost only one round on one judge's card).
Noons, who hasn't fought MMA since he defeated Yves Edwards in June 2008, made his pro boxing debut in June 2004. After launching his career with an 8-1 record, he suffered a loss in March to James Countryman (13-1 at the time) during his toughest test to date. He's since rebounded for unanimous-decision victories over Enrique Gallegos and Pogue.
Noons said he plans to return to MMA at some point. While under contract to EliteXC, he was stripped of the title after butting heads with management. The organization, though, would collapse just weeks later. He's now 7-2 in MMA with a 6-1 record in his past seven fights.
Martin, who fought as a cruiserweight (196 pounds) over the weekend, dominated his winless opponent and scored the knockout in the second round of a scheduled four. The former longtime UFC fighter, who's just 2-5 in MMA since September 2007, made his pro boxing debut in April 2008 and is now 2-0 with two knockouts.
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