By Felipe Leon
San Diego, California, super bantamweight Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (25-2-3, 8KOs) will have his chance at redemption when he faces the man that ruined his undefeated record in Mexico City’s Jose Angel Beranza (35-25-2, 27KOs) in the eight round main event of southern California’s Thompson Boxing’s fight card slated for Friday, February 22nd. The bout will be take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, about 90 minutes north east of Martin’s hometown.
When they first faced in late 2011, Martin was a newly signee of Top Rank boxing and was facing the Mexican veteran in his first match up under their banner. In his first fight in Las Vegas on the undercard of Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez, Martin looked out of place and lethargic dropping a split decision to the veteran Beranza. The experienced Beranza is known for ruining the plans of the undefeated like he did with the likes of Puerto Ricans Juan Carlos Velazquez and Jesus M. Rojas. Things didn’t get any better soon after when Martin fought to a draw versus Teon Kennedy and then another loss to highly touted Luis Orlando del Valle.
After being released by Top Rank and picked up by Thompson Boxing, Martin got back on the horse and proved why at one time he was ranked in the top ten of the majority of sanctioning bodies in his division by stopping the tough Roberto “Azabache” Castañeda (20-3-1, 15KOs) on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” in six and in his last fight stopping Robert Guillen in two.
“I’ve had to sit on this loss for more than a year knowing he took my ‘0’ and now I get a shot at redemption,” Martin told Fightnews exclusively. “It means the world to me.”