Itâ€™s official, after a nice lunch on Wednesday at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, unbeaten super bantamweight Christopher â€œThe San Diego Kidâ€ Martin (23-0-2, 6 KOs) who resides in Chula Vista, signed a multiyear agreement with Top Rank Promotions. Early morning, Martin, along with his long time coach Sergio Melendrez, and two close friends, Jorge â€œTitoâ€ Ruiz and Carlos Adams, flew to Los Angeles, and from there, they were treated like visiting royalty.
While at Top Rankâ€™s headquarters, they had an opportunity to meet Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez who were in town to promote their upcoming mega-fight. The two super stars of boxing had a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to announce their third world Welterweight title fight in the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy.
While at Top Rankâ€™s headquarters, Martin said he was so awestruck by the boxing memorabilia and large photos of the boxing greats – â€œEveryone from Marvelous Marvin Hagler to Roberto Duran, from Tommie â€œThe Hitmanâ€ Hearns to Sugar Ray Leonard, it was like walking through a museum.â€
Coach Melendrez was also impressed, â€œThey got me feeling like a little kid…but Iâ€™m holding it in.â€
After arriving back in San Diego, Martin spent the rest of his day on the phone receiving the well deserved congrats from family and friends. When asked about his future plans, Martin mentioned his goal of home ownership, â€œAt this point, I believe our family has outgrown our little two bedroom apartment. Home ownership is definitely in our plans.â€
Top Rank is the type of company that can make those dreams come true. They will soon announce that Martin is projected to fight in Las Vegas on October 1st, a fight to be televised on Fox Sports. Heâ€™ll be on the undercard of the Toshiaki Nishioka versus Rafael Marquez 12 rounder, a bout for Nishioka’s WBC junior featherweight title.
Also on that fight card they have Roman Gonzalez fighting Gilberto Keb Bass (a 12 rounder), for Gonzalez’s WBA junior flyweight title; plus Jesus Soto Karass versus Yoshihiro Kamegai, a 10 round welterweight clash. At this time, Martinâ€™s opponent is expected to be Jorge Diaz.
Then, on December 3, 2011, Martin will be headed to New Yorkâ€™s famed Madison Square Garden to be on the Miguel Cotto versus Antonio Margarito II undercard, a 12 round affair for Cotto’s WBA junior middleweight title.