There is heavy wagering action on Lucia Rijker who has rocketed to a 3-to-1 favorite over Christy Martin in 'Million Dollar Lady' scheduled July 30 at Mandalay Bay. Rijker initially opened as a 3-to-2 favorite at Mandalay Bay, but the MGM Mirage sports book is reporting heavy action on her in the mega showdown with Martin.
Martin said she isn't concerned with the latest odds."Rijker is a bully, like the one you see on a schoolyard playground," said Martin.
"Like all bullies, once you stand up and fight they always back down. I will show the world and make it all happen on July 30."
Martin has a record of 46-3-2 with 32 knockouts; Rijker is 17-0 with 14 knockouts. Both are extremely hard punchers.
Rijker, with chief trainer Freddie Roach, is training at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles. Martin is training in her hometown of Orlando, Fla., but she plans to close out the final phase of training in Las Vegas in early July.
The 'Million Dollar Lady' undercard is loaded. All-action flyweight Jorge Arce, coming off an explosive performance against Hussein Hussein, will be featured. 'The Hawaiian Punch' Brian Viloria will challenge Eric Ortiz in a light flyweight championship fight and undefeated, hard-hitting middleweight Kelly 'The Ghost' Pavik of Youngstown, Ohio, will be in a 10-round bout.
Also appearing will be USA Olympian Vanes Martroysian of Glendale, Calif. and big puncher Mike Alvarado of Denver.
Martin vs. Rijker 'Million Dollar Lady' will be available on Showtime Pay Per View.
MEXICAN CHAMPION JORGE SOLIS FEATURED FRIDAY NIGHT!
Mexican featherweight champion Jorge 'Coloradito' Solis, 26-0-2, of Guadalajara will be in the main event Friday night, taking on Nicky Bentz at the new American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
Solis is coming off a very solid performance, defeating former NABF and two-time Mexican featherweight champion Hector Marquez on Feb. 25.
Solis vs. Bentz will be televised by Telefutura.