Sergio Martinez retained his WBC middleweight title, unanimously outpointing Martin Murray on Saturday night despite being sent to the canvas several times by the Englishman.
The three judges all scored the fight 115-112 in favor of the defending champion in his first fight in his hometown in 11 years after fighting mostly in Europe.
Martinez has 53 victories in 55 fights. It was Murray's first loss in 27 fights.
The bout attracted 40,000 fans despite constant rain at the soccer stadium of Buenos Aires club Velez Sarsfield. Fans got soaked though, but the boxers fought under a canopy.
"Thanks Argentina. Thanks for following me. I love you a lot,'" Martinez told the fans from a ringside microphone.
The decision likely went the way of Martinez because judges didn't see enough in the opening rounds from the defensive-minded Englishman.
Martinez explored for openings in the first three rounds, dropping his hands and dancing and daring Murray to break out of his conservative, defen...