Already the California State and WBC Youth Super-Flyweight champion, Albuquerque., New Mexico/Sacramento’s David Martinez Jr. looks to add the WBC Mundo-Hispano belt this Saturday might in his one of two homes, Albuquerque. Martinez, who was born in New Mexico but raised in Sacramento, calls both places home. Martinez Jr. will face Rueben Contreras. Martinez Jr. is one of boxing best kept secrets, sporting a 12-0. Martinez Jr. looks for bigger things in 2005, but first he must take care of Contreras.
Martinez captured the WBC Youth belt this past June defeating El Paso, Texas prospect Alex Beccera in what was one of the best fights of he year, with Martinez Jr. showing everybody he could stand there and slug it out, Martinez is know best for being a master boxer, but Martinez Jr. wanted to show he could fight and fight he did as both Martinez Jr. and Becerra went toe-to-toe for ten rounds, although neither fighter went down both would show the scars of the battle as their faces were swollen from the punishment both inflicted on each other. Martinez wanted to show he wasn’t Mr. Nice Guy n the ring "I am one of the nicest guys outside, but get me going and the leash comes off and I'm a different person in the ring, I do what it takes to win, if the fight goes 10 rounds or 4 rounds, as long as I win.” Stated Martinez Jr.
Having captured the a major National Title in 2001, The USA championships and being ranked #1 in the USA, Martinez still remains a free since he turned professional in 2002.
”I just take my time and see where things take me, we look at all offers but for right now I just need to keep fighting.”
Rather then trying to make the 2004 Olympic team. Martinez felt it would help him due to his style if he turned pro. "I have more of a professional style and it might have hurt me if I would have stayed amateur. Its hard with that computer scoring, plus with the politics in amateur boxing, not here but in international level, it might have been tougher.” states Martinez. "It's was my decision to turn professional"
Martinez who has big family and draws a big crowd every time he fights in Albuquerque, will look to impress his family and fans again Saturday against Contreras who is a rugged fight, but Martinez should be able to outbox him in what is more a stage for Martinez Jr. to show case his talent. Martinez is possibly New Mexico’s best chance to be a World Champion. Frankie Archuleta has some hope having being ranked #7 by the WBC since his big win over Johnny Tapia earlier this year, Lee Montoya has father time against him being 34 and having only seven fights under his belt, Ray Sanchez III is stagnant fighting hand picked opponents in trying to rebuild his career since being stopped by Juan Jose Mendez and recurring hand injuries. Martinez looks to be the biggest hope for the “Land of Enchantment” Sanchez III headline the card on Saturday night with Martinez Jr. being the co-main, but for your money’s worth Martinez Jr. is worth the ticket price himself.
Boxingtalk.com would like to wish David Martinez Jr. Good luck n his quest Saturday night.
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