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  • Anthony Morrow

Prime vs Prime: Future on the Line

Boxing is ending the year with some great cards showcasing young fighters looking to make significant movement in the rankings and step up their level of competition. With Terrence Crawford and Teofimo Lopez fighting on stacked cards two young lightweights will have to follow those events up the very next weekend as PBC is showcasing 24-0 12KO Michel “La Zarza Ali” Rivera Medina vs 16-0 12KO Frank “The Ghost” Martin. Rivera Medina vs 16-0 12KO Frank “The Ghost” Martin. Rivera Medina vs 16-0 12KO Frank “The Ghost” Martin.

As the casual fans collectively say “who” in unison, hardcores are excited to see these fighters compete at this stage of their careers where they’re both within their physical primes. Now for the elephant in the room, for those unfamiliar you may see a very familiar look in the ring as the dominican star Michel Rivera has fully embraced his resemblance to the great Muhammad Ali as we see Rivera has donned the full look from the hair, the white attire, and yes there are similarities in fighting style as well. Now before you judge the young man is a very talented fringe contender that is looking to make a statement against a very dangerous opponent. Frank Martin, 27, isn’t what you would consider a young up and coming prospect however sitting at 16-0 and taking up the sport as he was turning 18, he is just scratching the surface on how good he can be. Since Martin has started working with who many in the boxing world considers the best trainer in the world Derrick James and Errol Spence as his promoter Martin is being fast tracked to success in the lightweight division. With a 75% knockout ratio and aggressive instinct Frank Martin will be tested by the younger Dominican technical boxer with a 3” each advantage and finishing capability.

Usually fights like this either happen too late or not at all. Both fighters will be looking to earn their right to challenge the next level of competition in the lightweight division. Martin and Rivera both have their sights set on the big fights versus top tier competition such as Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, and are willing to go through guys like Rollie Romero and others at that tier to reach their goal to be the best lightweight in the world.

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