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21 NOVEMBER 2018


Martinez Lays It On The Line In Tucson

 Martinez lays it on the line on Saturday
Martinez lays it on the line on Saturday

By Ron Valderrama: Super flyweight Hanzel "El Tornadito" Martinez, of Tijuana, Mexico lays it on the line on May 26th for the vacant NABF super flyweight title at the AVA Amptheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona and will be the featured bout on FIGHTPOWER II, presented by Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Inc.


The fightnight will be televised on TV Azteca.


Martinez, considered a prospect and knock out artist, sports a record of 17-0, 14 by way of knockout. The Mexican favorite will battle Jose German Cruz, whose record is currently 23-6-1, with 17 knockouts. Cruz resides in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico.


For Martinez, it will be what he has been working so hard for all these years. He is managed by his brother-in-law and former WBA, WBO, and IBF welterweight champion, Antonio Margarito. At 21 years old, Martinez has proven that he deserves this opportunity. As a ringside witness to three of his fights, it is no wonder why he is attracting fans.


His style is aggressive from the first bell, just like his ring name alias, "El Tornadito" (Little Tornado) which is exactly that. Martinez has good speed, he goes straight at his opponent and will throw so many punches to the head and body, it often leaves his opponent stunned and confused. The crafty fighter’s punches are all pretty much power shots and has the ability to deliver some deadly body shot combinations. This reporter has never seen a fighter that will throw more punches in a round than Martinez.


The conditioned Martinez will have the chance to finally go from prospect, to champion in his quest for a world title. He will need all his skills and knowledge against Jose German Cruz, who has more experience and toughness than any fighter Martinez has ever faced. Cruz has had most of his fights in Mexico and has a broad base of fans, but four of his six losses have been in the States. Look for Cruz to use the ring to his advantage along with his patience. He does have a nice combination and upper cut if he can work his way inside


The doors open at 5:30 pm, with the live action starting at 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at


Ron Valderrama can be reached on, or email, and also on Twitter-@ronatringside.


Also check out Max Boxing Radio’s, Punches-N-Bunches Edition hosted by Tony Whitby every Wednesday night at 10 pm MST. I talk all things boxing with Tony on a local, national, and world level.


May 24, 2012

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