By Francisco Salazar
Welterweight Aron Martinez (16-1-1, 3 KOs) is knocking on the door of becoming a contender in the welterweight division. He hopes another victory or two in 2012 will be the key to open those doors to fulfill that goal. Martinez will take on hard-hitting Joshua Marks (8-3, 8 KOs) in a scheduled eight round bout on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout will headline a six-bout “Locked N’ Loaded” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions.
Martinez is coming off an eight round technical split-decision over Dashon Johnson in his last bout on February 24th. The East Los Angeles resident survived a flash knockdown in the second and a cut above his left eye to win the fight.
The victory over Johnson was his ninth victory in a row since losing his only fight to Abdon Lozano over six rounds in November of 2008.
Prior to his victory over Johnson, Martinez scored his more impressive victory to date: an eight round technical decision over previously-unbeaten Joseph Elegele in July.
Marks survived a first round knockdown to knock out Oscar Godoy in the seventh round of a scheduled eight round bout in his last bout on January 27th.
Prior to facing Godoy, the Georgia-born Marks, who now resides in El Centro, CA, lost a six round unanimous decision to Willie Nelson in September of 2010. Friday night will mark the second time Marks has fought in a scheduled eight round bout.
In the supporting bout, unbeaten super bantamweight Jhonatan Romero will take on late sub Adolfo Landeros in a scheduled eight round bout.
Romero (20-0, 12 KOs) is coming off a disputed 10 round split decision over Chris Avalos on December 2nd, in which he was knocked down in the first round. Some members of the media at ringside had Romero, while others had Avalos comfortable ahead.
This will be second time the native of Cali, Colombia has fought at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. In June, Romero won a six round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Cecilio Santos, a fight in which he was knocked down in the third round.
Romero represented Colombia in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Landeros (21-24-2, 10 KOs) replaces original opponent Jose Silveira within the last week. Landeros has lost six of his last seven bouts, but has fought to the final bell in his last three bouts.
In his last fight on February 24th, Landeros, who hails from Hidalgo, Mexico, lost an eight round unanimous decision to unbeaten Efrain Esquivias.
Two unbeaten flyweights will duke it out for Southern California bragging rights as Cindy Amador and Amaris Quintana square off in a scheduled six round bout.
Amador (6-0-2, 1 KO) from nearby Riverside defeated Gloria Salas over four rounds in her last fight on February 24th. Friday night will mark her fifth time fighting at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.
Quintana (7-0, 1 KO) from the San Diego suburb of La Mesa defeated Blanca Raymundo over four rounds on March 9th. Her fight against Amador will be the first time fighting outside of the San Diego area.
Three more fights round out the card. Rigoberto Flores (3-1, 2 KOs) battles Bhakari Gates (2-7) in a scheduled six round junior welterweight bout. Super bantamweight Juan Reyes (4-1-1) battles Pablo Capul (6-5, 4 KOs) in a scheduled six round bout. Opening up the card is a four round bout between lightweights Sergio Nunez (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and Ramon Flores (3-15-2, 3 KOs).
Tickets, priced at $30, $45, and $75, can be purchased by calling Thompson Boxing Promotions at (714) 935-0900 or the Doubletree Hotel at (909) 937-0900. Tickets could also be purchased at the door on the night of the fight.
Doors open at 6:30PM, with first bell scheduled at 7:30PM.
The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario, just south of the 10 Freeway.