Originally posted by cdtm
He's known for just standing there and letting the #1 contender wail on him. Then finishing it in two one or two blows.
Carlos Rivera, a guy who fought Joe to a standstill, was hit in the head with a corkscrew so hard, it created a hole the size of a fist and crippled him for life.
Joe himself was one shot, and tried to sucker punch him when he came to shake hands before a march. He caught Joe's hand, forced it into a handshake, and grabbed his shoulder hard enough to make an imprint, with minimal visible effort. Just watched the whole Joe vs Jose match on YouTube. I think that is Mori's blueprint for how Sendo is going to go out against Martinez (minus the fight being even since I still think Martinez will dominate a majority of the match). A good way to kill him off and end this stupid "broken Ippo" subplot.
As to the thread, Jose is definitely stronger and more resilient , but Martinez has a huge edge in technical skill. I do not see Joe getting in the kind of licks he got in against Mendoza if he fights Martinez. Joe will spend most of the match trying to get past Martinez's left and no amount of "spirit" is gonna let that happen. We see the level of skill you need against world champs in Ippo with the Vorg vs Elliot fight. 4D chess basically. And using Ippo logic, Martinez will be able to spam his left in what looks like 10 feet away.
Mendoza can take about as much a beating as Takamura from the looks of it, but Martinez will win on points. The dude is pretty much a well oiled machine.
Excluding Takamura, Martinez, Vorg, Prime Itagaki and Woli, I think Mendoza and Joe would whoop just about anyone else in the Ippo verse.