MIAMI, FLORIDA, Nov. 26, 2021 – Jose Martinez is preparing for the biggest bout of his career.
At YoungGuns 4 on Dec. 10 in Grand Rapids, MI, Martinez makes his Hexagon debut against Kenny “The Boss” Cross in the Main Event of the final Xtreme Fighting Championships (OTC:DKMR) card of the year.
Cross, who boasts an impressive 12-3 record, hasn’t just established himself as one of the sport’s most exciting young contenders. “The Boss” has long been one of Michigan’s most popular fighters, and fans at The DeltaPlex Arena are going to be at a fever pitch on fight night. This is Cross’ first bout in Michigan since Feb. 8, 2020, when he took out Robert Hale via first-round KO to win the vacant Lights Out Championship lightweight title at The DeltaPlex.
Martinez is ready to spoil Cross’ homecoming.
“It will definitely feel a little different after I win this fight, coming into his backyard and walking out with the win,” Martinez says with a smile. “That’ll be very satisfying.”
Martinez represents Cross’ toughest challenge yet. “The Juggernaut” is 12-5 heading into his Hexagon debut, with first-round stoppages in two of his last three victories. A professional since 2015, Martinez has finished several fights by knockout and submission.
The 31-year-old Tonkawa, OK fighter says he doesn’t have a preference as to how he beats Cross, but he’s going to be gunning for the finish from the opening bell.
“Applying pressure is going to be a big key to victory for me,” Martinez says. “Stay in his face and apply a lot of pressure.”
YoungGuns 4 Main Card
155 pounds: Kenny Cross (12-3) vs. Jose Martinez (12-5)
135 pounds: Austin Bashi (4-0) vs. Sean McPadden (5-1)
135 pounds: Mando Gutierrez (5-1) vs. Chaka Worthy (4-4)
155 pounds: Ryse Brink (8-2) vs. Dennis Hughes Jr. (6-3)
145 pounds: Mike Taylor (3-3) vs. Moe Williams (5-5)
155 pounds: Austin Limberger (5-5) vs. Jordan McDonald (2-2)
YoungGuns 4 Preliminary Card
145 pounds: Joel Harkey (5-0) vs. Hunter Oberst (3-0)
125 pounds: Wendy Anundson (0-0) vs. Atty Belanger (4-2)
155 pounds: Brendan Duneghy (0-0) vs. Ousman Sarr (0-0)
165 pounds: Patrick Atonides (5-3) vs. Adrian Lyons (4-4)
145 pounds: Isaiah Podbregar (0-0) vs. Abe Saghir (0-0)
205 pounds: Andy Coronado (0-2) vs. Kaimen Longoria (0-0)
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