“Are You Ready?”
Boxing fans have been hearing Golden Boy Promotions announcer Joe Martinez use that phrase before main events for years now. But if you were paying attention to the pre-fight announcements for the Khan-Maidana card on HBO, it was Martinez manning the mic for a worldwide audience at that major event, as well. “It was like a dream come true,” he reflected on his first HBO appearance. “I was a little nervous but mostly I was excited that something I’ve envisioned for so long is becoming a reality.”
He’s been at it for almost a decade. His first gig as a boxing orator was at the Maywood activity Center in 2001.
But it was in 2004 when Martinez made his first serious foray into the ring announcing world at a small club show promoted by Bobby D. Presents at Blanca’s Bazaar in the small border-town of Imperial Beach, California.
He was later cast as the ring announcer of the Oscar De La Hoya driven television series “The Next Great Champ.”
After a stint with WEC, Martinez was hired by Golden Boy Promotions to handle the L.A. based boxing series: “Nokia Fight Club” and has since branched out into GBP’s weekly “Solo Boxeo” shows on Telefutura.
His goals for the next few years are concrete. “I’m a lot like the fighters I get to introduce. I’m always looking to evolve and I’ll continue to work on my craft until I get to be one of the best in the world,” Martinez said. “In five years, I’d like to be firmly established as one of the premier announcers in the business. I know it takes a lot patience and passion but I plan on giving all of myself to achieve those goals.”
In answer to his own question, he’s ready.