By Francisco Salazar
Charles Martin likes to put on a show every time he fights.
He will have the right platform to do so tonight.
Martin will fight Tom Dallas in a scheduled 10 round bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y. The bout will be part of the non-televised card featuring Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings main event bout.
To say Martin (20-0-1, 18 KOs) is a puncher is an understatement. He has stopped his last 10 opponents in a row, although it was modest opposition.
In his last bout on February 28, Martin knocked out Raphael Zumbano Love in the 10th round.
He will face a fighter in Dallas (17-4, 12 KOs) who has not fought in a year and a half, which may prompt Martin to end matters early.
"I'm not one to feel out my opponents," Martin told BoxingScene.com on Thursday. "I like to set up my opponents for knockouts. My trainer (Henry Tillman) tells me I should use my jab more, that I don't use it enough. Throwing a jab in my (opponent's) face. It would be hard for people to beat me."
Martin's accomplishments in the ring have not gone unnoticed. His name has become well-known around boxing circles in Southern California.
Martin is ranked number five by the IBF and number two by the WBO.
Some in boxing may wonder whether those rankings are deserving, considering Martin has yet to fight a contender. But Martin thinks otherwise.
"I believe I've earned where I'm at in boxing," said Martin, who is promoted by King Sports Worldwide. "I'm ready to take the next step. I don't believe in sitting around. This is a young man's sport."
"I'm here. I've kicked down these doors and I've proven myself. I have all the confidence in the world in myself. For me, I know I could beat a (fighter) like (Wladimir) Klitschko."
Those are strong words and maybe Martin could prove that one day. Or maybe not.
Martin has improved immensely as a fighter and does not need to rely only on his power to win.
With tonight's being his third fight of this year, Martin wants to move on the fast track towards a big money or title fight.
"I'll fight anybody. I fear no fighter. I hold myself to high standards and I'll fight anyone that is HBO-credible."
"I believe that I'm peaking at the right time and I'm mentally strong as I am physically strong. I'm always competitive."
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing