Once again, it’s the Chris Martin Show at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel

Behind every great boxer there’s a support staff that helps in his training. After one of Chris Martin’s workouts several members of the Alliance Training Center in Chula Vista gather around their good friend for a photo after his workout. Photo: Jim Wyatt

It’s getting to be a regular monthly thing of late, with Bobby D Presents, Jorge Marron Productions, Don Chargin Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions all


vying to showcase their boxing wares at our local venues. Friday at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, it will be “Path to Glory” a boxing show broadcast live on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.”

Apparently these boxing shows have gained wide appeal and anytime you can get the Networks involved in your project, their upfront money alleviates the pressure on a promoter to make his coin. Typically, even before that first punch is thrown, a promoter has between $30 to $35,000 invested. When HBO, Showtime, ESPN2 or Telefutura signs on, that investment money is secured.

Chula Vista’s own Christopher Martin (20-0-2, with 6 KOs) is featured in Friday’s main event. He’ll be closing out his year against a late substitute by the name of Yogli Herrera (22-13-0, with 15 KOs) from Miami, Florida by way of San Onofre, Columbia. Herrera is more like a Christmas gift than an opponent. He has now lost 10 straight.

Another interesting stat – the challenger has never defeated anyone with a winning record. Over the six years that Mr. Herrera has been a professional boxer, someone has cleverly been padding his stats by feeding him walkovers, stiffs.

Martin, who is undefeated and holds the California State super bantamweight title, was slated to face Nicki Benz (36-7-2, with 29 KOs), the former WBF Super-bantamweight Champ, but late last week the Mexico City native inexplicably pulled out of the contest.

When examining Martin’s performance over the past year, we see he has stepped up his pace by facing boxers with a combined record of 80-22-2. If we go back even further, and include last November’s fight against Eduardo Arcos, the combined record of his foes jumps to 95-22-2. Not too shabby! His year began in April with a win over Ruben Lopez (15-7-1) in his first defense of his state title. Two months later he won a unanimous decision victory over Adolfo Landeros (20-13-1) and then in August he upset ShoBox’s featured featherweight Chris Avalos (16-0-0).

Martin not only took Avalos to the wood shed, he embarrassed the Showtime hype artists who felt Martin would be lucky if he lasted four rounds against their knockout artist. Apparently he had no right being in the same ring. Well, their highly touted prospect looked bush-league while suffering his first loss. In Martin’s last bout, he stopped the experienced Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-2-0) in eight rounds at Friday’s venue, the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego.

In the semi-main event, fast rising featherweight Ronny Rios (12-0, 6 KOs) of Santa Ana, CA, will be facing Adolfo Landeros (20-16-1, 9 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder. The unbeaten Rios, who is managed by Frank Espinoza, will be fighting for the fifth time this year.

Also slated to go:

Talk about focused professionals, on average Gary Russell has had a pro-fight every 45 days.

Gary Russell Jr., a 22 year-old super-featherweight from Capitol Heights, Maryland (13-0-0, with 9 KOs) versus TBA. They have Mr. Russell on the fast track. This will be his eighth fight in 2010. At age 16, Russell won both the U.S. Championships and the Golden Gloves and became one of only two boxers to win both the U.S. Championships and National Golden Gloves before his seventeenth birthday. In October 2005 the small southpaw, boxer-puncher had an amateur record of 163-10.

Angel Torres (2-3-2, 1 KO) of Yonkers, New York versus Ronald Hurley (4-5-2) of San Jacinto, Ca. While Hurley has faced stiff competition, Torres, over his six year career, has never beaten anyone with a winning record.

Light welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (17-0-0, 8 KOs) is a southpaw from Santa Ana, Ca. He’s set to face Francisco Lorenzo of Irvington, New Jersey (35-8-0, 16 KOs). Lorenzo is a super featherweight who hasn’t beaten anyone with a winning record in over two years.

Rolando Perez of Chula Vista will be making his debut versus Federico Martinez (0-1) of Lakeside, Ca.

In a rematch of their pro debuts, Tijuana amateur standout Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (1-0) will once again face Salvador Cifuentes (0-1) in a four rounder. In their October fight, Bojorquez, who is taller and has the reach advantage, struggled somewhat against Cifuentes who kept pressing the action.

The event will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel on Aero Drive in Kearny Mesa. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout to begin at 7 p.m. For tickets and further info, call 619.258.0698.

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