Lester Martinez feels no added stress having a complete nation hold on to his each combat. As a substitute, he thrives off it.
The unbeaten Martinez has been profitable to date as a prizefighter, changing into a legit prospect within the upper-weight lessons. A powerful win in his subsequent combat may transfer him down the trail towards contender standing.
Martinez will sq. off towards late-sub Jaime Hernandez Lopez Thursday night time on the Palenque de la Feria in Hernandez’s hometown of Tepic, Mexico. The eight-round bout will precede the primary occasion conflict between junior welterweights Salvatore Tapia of Tepic and Emilano Cruz.
Each fights will stream stay on UFC Struggle Move (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).
At Wednesday’s weigh-in, Martinez weighed in at 173 kilos. Hernandez weighed the sunshine heavyweight restrict of 175 kilos.
Martinez (10-0, 9 knockouts), who resides in Guatemala Metropolis, Guatemala, has demonstrated energy and an enhancing skill-set since making his professional debut towards former world welterweight titleholder Ricardo Mayorga in April 2019. Martinez stopped Mayorga within the second spherical.
The 26-year-old final fought on October 14, defeating Raika Santana by unanimous determination. His most notable win as a professional befell in October 2020, knocking out gatekeeper Michi Minoz within the opening spherical. As an novice, Martinez defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Arlen Lopez.
Roy Jones, Jr. Promotions, which represents Martinez, believes exercise and an enhancing skill-set would be the key for Martinez to turn out to be a world titleholder.
“Lester is seeking to make historical past by changing into the primary Guatemalan world champion in boxing,” Man Taylor, matchmaker with Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing, advised The Ring Tuesday night. “It will our sixth combat with Lester Martinez and we want to have a really busy 2022.”
Martinez fought thrice final 12 months and thrice in 2020. He was initially scheduled to face Jose Luis Zuniga, however Zuniga backed out of the combat.
Hernandez (9-5, 4 KOs) has not fought since dropping by knockout to former world tremendous middleweight titleholder Jose Uzcategui on June 12. Hernandez has misplaced his final three bouts after successful his earlier six.
In a conflict between unbeaten featherweights who reside in Tepic, Hector Perez Cruz (6-0, 5 KOs) will face Victor Tadeo Rodriguez (3-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout.
Marco Cota (5-0, 4 KOs), who resides in Empalme, Mexico and compiled a 146-4 report as an novice, will sq. off towards Jonathan Zuniga (6-3, 6 KOs) of Morelia, Mexico in a four-round light-weight bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He might be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing