By Michael Boyd Jr.
Jesse Martinelli defeated Tyler Stokes via technical knock out during their co-main-card bout at the Shamrock Fighting Championships 337 on Saturday, April 9, at the River City Casino in St. Louis.
The St. Louis resident and 2011 Ste. Genevieve High graduate improved to 2-0 in his professional mixed martial arts fighting career.
Martinelli defeated Stokes, of Kansas City, Kan., with the ground-and-pound finish at the 4:07 mark of Round 3 to earn the TKO in front of several family members, friends and sponsors.
“I’m so blessed to be able to chase my dream,” said Martinelli, who is a former wrestler at SGHS and still helps with the local youth wrestling program.
Martinelli hopes his next bout will be ShamrockFC 340 on Friday, Sept. 16, at the River City Casino. However, he does not know right now.
Martinelli also thanked all involved.
“I just want to thank all my family, friends and fans who come out to support me as I start my young career,” he said. “Also, I want to give a big thank you to all my sponsors for joining me on this wild ride.”
There were 11 fights on the night, but the Martinelli-Stokes flyweight fight was one of three on the main card portion.