By Jake Donovan
Writer's Note: A tweet from Chris Pearson suggests that the August 30 bout is off. Such news has yet to make its way to Martinez' camp, who is training as if they are still fighting that night. According to BoxingScene.com staff writer Ernest Gabion, Pearson suffered an injury during training and is out of action for the next 7–10 days.
Bronx-based super welterweight Steve Martinez has been named as the opponent of choice for unbeaten prospect Chris Pearson. The bout will take place on August 30 at Palms Casino in Las Vegas, airing live in a special Saturday edition of Showtime's 'Shobox' series.
The announcement was a bit of a surprise given Pearson's last performance, struggling to a split decision win over Lanardo Tyner this past February. Three of Pearson's last four bouts have aired on Shobox.
Martinez (15-1, 12KOs) comes in riding a four-fight win streak following the lone loss of his career, a split decision defeat versus Denis Douglin in their closely contested Jan. '12 affair.
The 24-year old took the loss in stride, having since become an integral part of the ongoing 'Brooklyn Brawl' boxing series presented by fighter-turned-promter Dmitriy Salita.
"Steven Martinez is a product of the Brooklyn Brawl series and as a result of consecutive victories, in February and then again in May, on Star of David cards, he's moving up the ranks," Salita noted.
Martinez was due to appear on a July 25 edition of Shobox in a crossroads bout versus once-beaten John Thompson, who was forced to withdraw after suffering injuries stemming from a car accident. Viewed as a setback at the time, Martinez remained in the gym in order to stay ready for any opportunity that came his way.
With the call to face Pearson (11-0, 9KOs), the hard work has paid off. Now all he has to do is make it count and shock the world.
"Steve is jumping on this opportunity to prove he is the best junior middleweight prospect in boxing," Salita states.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox