Boxing: Griffith grad David Martin III on card at “Fight Night at the Horseshoe”
BY RYAN HASKELL Post-Tribune correspondent February 14, 2013 11:15PM
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:36PM
Griffith graduate David Martin III says he’s a different boxer than the one who fought on Aug. 18 at the Venue inside Horseshoe Casino.
And he believes he’s a better boxer, too.
Martin III (6-0-1, 5 KOs) will get to prove that Friday night as he takes on 33-year-old Felix Abner (3-2, 2 KOs) as part of Bobby Hitz’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe.”
The main event will feature middleweights Donatas Bondoravas (16-3-1, 5 KOs) and “King” David Thomas (10-3-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round battle.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bouts will start at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Martin’s last fight ended in a draw — the first of his career.
He’s determined to show that six-round bout against Joshua Clark was a fluke.
“I was having some super-duper family issues the night before that fight,” Martin said. “I got out to a great start and did my thing in Round 1 and I had him hurt a little bit. But once that second round came, I couldn’t stop thinking about the night before.”
Martin wouldn’t divulge what happened within his family that made him upset but said it took two or three weeks to hash everything out. He said he should have handled it better but believes he can handle any unpredictable circumstance better as a result of it.
“It was unprofessional because I allowed it to interrupt my train of thought inside the ring,” he said. “But I’m good now… and I’m glad it happened. That distraction won’t allow anything to distract me again and I’m grateful. Things happen for a reason.”
He sounds like he’s back to his typical self. And he feels stronger mentally too. Martin is expecting a good fight from Abner but expects to record another “W” when it’s all said and done.
“He’s a monster but I’m just a bigger and badder monster,” said Martin, a former standout running back at Griffith High School. “And my job is to knock him out; that’s the only way to guarantee victory.”
Another marquee matchup features Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (9-0, 6 KOs) and Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-17, 12 KOs). Jimenez is a rising star in boxing, while Walker seems to be on the decline.
Walker lost a tough eight-round decision to Derrick Findley for the USA Indiana state boxing championship at the Hammond Civic Center on Feb. 26, 2010 and hasn’t won a bout since. Walker is 0-14 with a draw after coming so close to the title.
Jimenez, on the other hand, is fresh off a win over former world title challenger Antwun Echols last November at the Horseshoe Casino. Jimenez will fight twice this month and is looking to have a breakout year in ’13.
The main event should be extremely interesting too as Thomas, an Evansville native, looks to avenge his loss to Bondoravas. In their first encounter, Bondoravas had to get off the floor and survive several shaky moments on the matt before coming back to win the fight by TKO in Round 2.