Lester Martinez to face Lucas de Abreu on Wednesday
Lester Martinez could become a force to be reckoned with in the super middleweight division.
The unbeaten Martinez could make a statement at the expense of Lucas de Abreu, Wednesday night, at Whitesands (also known as the ProBox TV) Events Center, in Plant City, Florida. The 10-round bout will headline a three-bout card that will stream live on ProBox TV’s app and YouTube page (7:30 pm ET/ 4:30 pm PT).
At Tuesday’s weigh-in, Martinez weighed in at 165.6 pounds, while de Abreu came in at 166.6 pounds.
The Martinez-de Abreu fight was moved up to main event status after the William Foster-Fradimil Macayo fight fell through after Macayo did not make weight.
Martinez (15-0, 13 knockouts), who resides in Guatemala City, Guatemala, has faced modest opposition, thus far, in his pro career. Martinez took a step up in opposition, in his most recent fight, on April 10, stopping once-beaten prospect Isaiah Steen in the eighth round. The win over Steen took place about five months after Martinez stopped Fabian Rios Frausto in a stay-busy fight.
The 27-year-old is now under the tutelage of trainer Brian “Bomac” McIntyre, who also trains WBO welterweight titleholder and former Ring Magazine junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
ProBox TV’s Chris Glover believes Martinez should be considered among the top fighters at 168 pounds.
“Lester is facing de Abreu, a last-minute opponent,” Glover told The Ring Monday night. “Martinez, we believe, is going to make some ripples in the super middleweight division. He has to look good against Abreu, who is a tough guy. We are really confident Lester is going to do his job and look sensational. We think he’s a dark horse in the super middleweight division.”
The 30-year-old de Abreu (14-3, 11 KOs), who resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil, most recently fought on February 22, losing by unanimous decision to unbeaten prospect Darrelle Valsaint. He has lost three of his last five bouts, with the other two defeats coming at the hands of unbeaten super middleweights Diego Pacheco and Ernesbadi Begue.
In the co-feature, unbeaten Najee Lopez will face gatekeeper Christopher Brooker in a six-round super middleweight bout.
“We have Najee facing Christopher Brooker,” said Glover. “It’s a yardstick fight. We are going to see where Najee is at. We are going to get a feel to where he’s at in the super middleweight division. We think he’s a star and a star moving forward on ProBox TV.”
Lopez (6-0, 5 KOs), who resides in Ellenwood, Georgia, defeated Cristian Rios by unanimous decision, in his most recent bout, also on February 22. The 23-year-old has knockout wins over Alex Theran and Anthony Stewart.
Brooker (16-13, 6 KOs) lost a majority decision to Vitalii Gubkin, in his most recent bout, on February 18. The 32-year-old, who resides in Philadelphia, has lost his last six bouts after winning three of his previous four fights.
In the opening bout, unbeaten welterweight Kelvin Davis (8-0, 5 KOs), of Norfolk, Virginia, will square off against Massachusetts’ Derrick Whitley, Jr. (7-3-1) in a six-round bout.
The 26-year-old Davis is the older brother of lightweight prospect Keyshawn Davis. Both Davis brothers are promoted by Top Rank.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]. You can also follow Francisco on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.