Boxing: Harvey Boxing Club product Alex Martin ready for bout at UIC Pavilion
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media July 24, 2014 4:36PM
Alex Martin | File photo
Updated: August 26, 2014 6:34AM
With a decorated amateur boxing career to his credit, Alex Martin is taking a measured ascent through the professional ranks toward bigger and better fights.
The 2012 National Golden Glove champion, Martin is being groomed for a lengthy career, which makes patience an important credential as he works his way up the ladder.
Friday, Martin (5-0, 5 KOs) will look to climb another rung. He’s set to face Alfred Hall (3-4, 2 KOs) in a welterweight swing bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the UIC Pavilion.
“I really want to face better competition, but I always hear don’t rush anything and take your time with your opponents,” Martin said. “I shouldn’t lose to the guys I’m facing. I want to get tested, and I’m hoping to get a big fight after this one.”
Martin isn’t looking past anyone. The 24-year-old southpaw said he treats every opponent as if they’re a world champion.
“I gotta weather the storm,” Martin said. “Boxing is a great way to let out your frustrations, so I’ve been taking mine out on the heavy bag and my sparring partners.”
Martin has a solid foundation around him. The Harvey Boxing Club fighter is managed by Al Haymon — who lists Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his clientele list — and is coached by Mark Chears.
“It’s going to be a while before Alex really gets challenged,” Chears said. “His skill level is so high. By his 15th fight he should be fighting for a title. He hasn’t peaked, but he’s clicking on all cylinders.”
Another Southland product navigating through the early stages of a pro career is Jose Felix Quezada. The 19-year-old Shepard graduate joins Martin on the Friday Night Fights card. Quezada (2-0, 2 KO) is slated for a clash vs. Jose Romero (1-1).
Quezeda is expecting to deliver punches in volume.
“People like punches and knockouts, so I want to throw more punches and make it more exciting,” Quezada said. “That’s really important. It makes you a little more marketable so you can get your name out there and get promoted.”
Quezada’s coach, Rick Fornuto, believes the sky’s the limit for the Alsip native.
“We’ve got some well known promoters coming in to check him out,” Fornuto said. “This is a perfect situation for him.”
The ESPN card is headlined by welterweights Roberto Garcia (35-3, 23 KOs) and Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs).
Notre Dame graduate Mike Lee (12-0, 7 KOs) is slated to open the ESPN2 broadcast at 8 p.m. Lee visits the UIC Pavilion for the first time since launching his pro career there 2010.