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Kiko Martinez wins, keeps title

Updated: December 21, 2013, 10:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ELCHE, Spain -- Kiko Martinez successfully defended his IBF junior featherweight title when he defeated Jeffrey Mathebula with a ninth-round knockout on Saturday.

Martinez was backed by the home Spanish crowd at Esperanza Lag Pavilion. He attacked relentlessly from the start against Mathebula, a former world champion, until he brought the South African down with a hard body blow.

"I just kept hitting and hitting until I could hurt him,'' Martinez told Marca radio. "He is ...

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