New Yorker Steve Martinez heads back into the ring on May 15 as the light-middleweight prospect aims to build on his sixth round February stoppage win over Rahman Yusubov at the Millenium Theater in Brighton Beach.
The 24-year-old, who is co-promoted by Roy Jones Jr. and Dmitriy Salita, returns to the same venue next month when he faces Dallas veteran Taronze Washington in a bid to improve on his 14-1, 11 KO record.
“Right now I am in camp and everything is going fine,” Martinez told World Boxing News.
“If the fight was today we would be ready, but we still have three and a half weeks to go so we are on target.
“I know my opponent has been in the ring with veterans at their primes so this fight will be a good experience and I should be able to find out where I am at in boxing in terms of skill level with this fight.”
Martinez has won three on the spin since suffering his solitary loss to Denis Douglin in January 2012, although the nature of the split decision defeat means the Bronx fighter isn’t too worried about seeking a return.
“A rematch with Douglin would be great, but as this time around it won’t make sense because of how the business side of boxing is going.
“I need to keep building towards titles and should have a regional belt around my waist and be ready to be contending to become a world champ in the next twelve months. I am young and still growing and hope to be a force in the division soon.”
“Stay tuned for a big year coming for me and my team as a whole. God bless!”
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