May 19, 2006


Sycuan Ringside Promotions has signed the No. 2-ranked bantamweight in the world, Mauricio Martinez of Panama, to an exclusive, multi-year promotional agreement.

Martinez, the former World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion, is ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Association and the WBO among 118-pounders and has a record of 30-6-1 with 21 knockouts.

The 30-year-old southpaw also is ranked No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation and No.13 by the World Boxing Council.

Martinez, who is managed by Randall Ramirez, was the WBO bantamweight champion from 2000 to 2002. He won the title with a fifth-round knockout of Lester Fuentes Sept. 4 in England and then defended successfully Dec. 16 with a first-round knockout of Esham Pickering in England.

Martinez, who has won 11 of 12 bouts dating back to February of 2003, won the WBO Latino bantamweight championship with a 10th-round knockout of Edinso Torres Nov. 19 and successfully defended in his most recent outing, a second-round knockout of Diego Martinez March 26.

“With him being ranked No. 2 by two of the major organizations, we hope it won’t be long before Mauricio fights for and wins another world championship,” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.

Martinez joins many other notable boxers in Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ stable, including welterweight world champion Carlos Baldomir, World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, undefeated former World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Joan Guzman, former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Julio Diaz and undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr.

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