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Victor Martinez Wins 2013 Toronto Pro SuperShow

Victor-Martinez

One week after finishing second in New York, Victor Martinez cruised to his first pro win in almost two years at the 2013 Toronto Pro SuperShow!

By Frank Hoffmann

I was there. Sitting in the second row, just to the right of the judging panel, I had the perfect vantage point to critique all of the competitors physiques as they posed on the perfectly lit Toronto Pro stage last night. As is the case with most IFBB sanctioned events, I am usually forced to rely on individual and comparison shots found on the internet to determine whether or not a show was judged fairly – but not this time. For all of the issues that the Toronto Pro SuperShow had, I am happy to say that judging was not one of them.

The first bodybuilder to hit the stage was Fouad Abiad, the last was Victor Martinez. As the show progressed, I was taking my notes and by the end of the individual performances I had put together a solid top five. At that time, if I were a betting man, I would have wagered a million dollars that the show would finish in exactly the same order I had written down on my scrap piece of paper — I would have won that bet! Host Bob Cicherillo bellowed out the results to a very enthusiastic and agreeable crowd: 5th. Mohammad Bannout; 4th. Frank McGrath; 3rd. Jonathan Delarosa; 2nd. Fouad Abiad; and 1st. Victor Martinez. The crowd in the virtually sold out John Bassett Theater was pro-Abiad with chants of “Fouad, Fouad, Fouad” easily drowning out the handful of Victor Martinez supporters. But when the winner was announced, everyone cheered for the undisputed champion and stayed glued to their seats as Martinez made a very moving and humbling victory speech.

As good as Victor and Fouad looked on Saturday night, I think that Jon Delarosa stole the show. I have watched many bodybuilding shows over the years and I can’t remember the last time I was so impressed with a physique to the point where I could confidently say that they brought a perfect package to the stage. Pictures do not do this man justice. Delarosa was spot on with perfect symmetry, no lagging body parts, excellent conditioning, a classic routine and an infectious energy that was unmatched by any competitor. At the end of the day, bodybuilding is a size game and that’s why he finished in third, but Delarosa should be proud of the package he brought to Toronto and he definitely gained a horde of fans in the process.

Similar to the men’s open, the 212’s also went off without a hitchin terms of results. Jose Raymond was the clear winner, simply out-massing runner-up Mark Dugdale, who looked better than ever, and third place finisher, Paul Carrasco. Raymond looked so massive and shredded that it almost had me wondering if he was truly 212 pounds, because he looked like he could have easily been 230!

As I mentioned earlier, the Toronto Pro SuperShow was riddled with flaws, but at the end of the day it’s about the results. The IFBB judges, fans of the sport and the bodybuilding industry can hold their heads high knowing that (according to me, anyway) this was a controversy free event.

Men’s Bodybuilding Results

1. Victor Martinez
2. Fouad Abiad
3. Jon Delarosa
4. Frank McGrath
5. Moe Bannout
6. Clarence DeVis
7. Bill Wilmore
8. Novoa Mendez
9. Daniel Toth
10. Marcus Haley
11. Alfonso Del Rio
12. Grigori Atoyan
13. Renaldo Gairy
14. Omar Deckard
15. Mike Johnson
16. Pablo Zayas
16. Dainius Barzinskas
16. Jerome Ferguson
16. Kenneth Jackson
16. Antoine Vaillant
16. Christopher White

Men’s 212 Results

1. Jose Raymond
2. Mark Dugdale
3. Raul Carrasco
4. Mboya Edwards
5. Allan Auguste
6. Fernando Almeida
7. Manuel Manchado
8. Tricky Jackson
9. Masoom Butt
10. Amit Sapir
11. Greg Doucette
12. Wendell Floyd
13. Thomas Benagli
14. Lyndon Belgrave
15. Angel Figueroa
16. James Darling
16. Mike Lynds
16. Javier Martinez
16. Henderson Thorne
16. Gregory Ulysse

Frank Hoffmann is a former NCAA and Professional CFL football player from Toronto, whose passion for health and fitness stems from his years as a personal trainer. Frank works as a freelance fitness and lifestyle writer while holding down a nine to five job and believes having a full-time job is no excuse to not be fit. Check out his fitness blog at Nine2Fit.tumblr.com and follow him on Twitter at @Nine2Fit.

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