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Combate Global announces world championship event for Friday, with David Martinez vs. Axel Osuna

Reigning bantamweight champ Martinez puts title on line against Osuna live on Univision and TUDN USA.
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NEW YORK – October 3, 2022 – Combate Global has announced a world championship event, headlined by a bantamweight title fight between reigning world champion David "The Black Spartan" Martinez (8-1) and challenger Axel Osuna (5-1), live on television on Univision and TUDN (12 a.m. ET) from Miami on Friday.

Together, Martinez and Osuna boast an astounding finish rate of over 92 percent, having earned all but one of their 13 combined victories by way of knockout or submission.

"Martinez vs. Osuna is a very even match of speed, power and skill," Combate Global CEO Campbell McLaren said. "I think the winner will be the one with the most heart."

The 24-year-old Martinez of Mexico City is a prolific striker with a tremendous kickboxing pedigree. He earned his coveted title by defeating three opponents – fellow Mexicans Alex "Coyote" Gonzalez and Alan "Beche" Cantu, and American star Francisco "Cisco" Rivera, respectively, in a one-night, eight-man tournament on May 29, 2021. 

In his last effort, Martinez, a member of the Bonebreakers fight squad, scored a brutal first-round TKO on Chile's Arturo Vergara in a non-title fight last May 29.

The challenger, 25-year-old Osuna of Guadalajara, Mexico, will look to earn his first professional world title, as well as his third consecutive victory in 2022.

Thus far, Osuna has turned in a pair of third-round TKO conquests in 2022 – the first on Combate Global's 2021 "Comeback of the Year" winner, Max "Steel" Gonzalez on May 13, and the second on David Solorzano on August 26.

Prior to entering the world of MMA, Osuna was a Golden Gloves boxing champion who amassed over 100 amateur boxing bouts.

In a featured welterweight bout on the card, Marcos Lloreda (11-8) of Miami will face off with Ricardo Centeno (9-6) of Ecuador via Newark, N.J.

A women's flyweight contest will see Aitana Alvarez (2-3) of San Sebastian, Spain return to la jaula, the Combate Global competition cage, for the third time this year, when she squares off with Gillian "Valkyrie" Noll (2-2) of Post Falls, Idaho.

At featherweight, undefeated Yadier Del Valle (3-0) of Houston, Texas will make his much-anticipated Combate Global debut against Miguel Lugo (2-1) of Yuma, Ariz.

In a women's strawweight matchup, kickboxer Damaris Olivares (0-0) of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain will make her MMA rules debut against Diana Sanchez (0-0) of Bellingham, Wash.