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A little local difficulty
By Ewan Whyte
April 26, 2007
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Last night's duel at bantamweight between the two Chiricanas (Chiriquí being, we learn, an isthmus in the West of Panama) – the media-friendly Juseth Araúz, who was making her debut and "whose beauty" (according to Todosports) "was the subject of much comment at the weigh-in", and the younger Chantal (a.k.a. Chantall, Shantel, Shantell…) Martínez, who "passed unnoticed" – was a bitterly fought affair. 

Araúz, who has the same trainer as Ricardo Mayorga and whose movement, weight of punch and agility had impressed observers at the public training session in the build-up to the fight, came well-prepared and full of confidence – ("I don't know Chantal," she told La Estrella. "Only that, however good she is, I'm better") – whereas her opponent had the ghost of back-to-back defeats (the more recent, by first round KO) against Carolina Alvarez to exorcise; but if there were any heads spinning through 360° (to the strains of Tubular Bells) in the ATLAPA Convention Centre on Sunday evening, Chantal Martínez made quite sure none of them were hers, as she put earlier setbacks behind her and rained cats and dogs on Araúz's parade.

According to Egbert Lewis of PA-Digital, "from the first round onwards, Chantal Martínez controlled the fight, hitting Juseth Araúz as and when she wanted, to win by unanimous decision"; and whilst the debutante by no means disgraced herself, and her admirers at Todosports, who originally announced her as the victrix, were at pains to point out that Araúz had by no means been whitewashed and that the decision was "unanimous but close", Martínez demonstrated beyond argument that promoter José Rogelio Espiño was right when he told journalists at the weigh-in that before clamouring for a "dream match" between Araúz and the no less glamorous Ogleidis Suárez, who fought (and destroyed) a Colombian on the same bill, they should wait and see how this one turned out; because after this performance, the Chiricana Panamanians will be clamouring to pitch into the ring with the Venezuelan beauty will be not Araúz but herself.

And it should be pointed out, too, in the interests of fairness – and this is taking nothing away from Juseth Araúz – that Chantal Martínez, whether she "passed unnoticed" at the weigh-in or not, was every bit as cute as her fellow isthmian when the fight started;  and a hell of a lot cuter at the end…

[Sources: Panamá América, La Estrella de Panamá, Crítica en Línea, Todosports, Panamá Deportivo, El Siglo]

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