Aalan Maximiliano Martinez
Name: Aalan Maximiliano Martinez Nickname: “Bomber” Birthplace: Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico Birth date: June 16, 1983 Height: 5’9″ Reach: 73″ Division: Featherweight Record:
Stance: Southpaw Style: Boxer/puncher who likes to pressure intelligently.
Aalan Martinez didn’t always love boxing but his older brother Evan did.
“I blame it on him,” Martinez laughs. “[Evan] was always trying to get my dad to buy him some gloves. Just for at the house, you know? So one of his friends told him about a boxing gym. So he started going to the gym with his friend and I would always stay home but I wanted to go with him.”
Soon the eight-year-old Aalan couldn’t bear the sight of his brother and friend leaving for the boxing gym to train without him. He asked if he could tag along.
Evan said, “If you’re going to go, you’re going to train. You have to run and stuff like that. So I did. And little by little we started training and our trainer started showing me how to do everything correctly. How to stretch out. How to work the bag. Then I had my first amateur fight and continued from there.”
Martinez continued to the tune of wins in the Junior Olympics, Nationals, and Silver Gloves among others. Although competing as an amateur as an 122 pound fighter, Martinez now competes professionally in the 126 pound division. At 5’9″ with a long reach, Martinez is big for his weight class, which he uses it to his advantage.
Training out of the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East Los Angeles, Martinez has the very best sparring available. He’s worked with ten world champions and experienced many competitive rounds, with the likes of former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, current bantamweight world champion Abner Mares, former world champion Michael Katsidis, and former world champion Jorge Linares. When IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz won his first world title on Showtime, he publicly thanked Martinez for preparing him for the battle.
And all this from a kid who just wanted to hang out with his older brother.
“[I do this] for my older brother,” says Martinez. “He was the one who liked boxing. And I always tried to be like my older brother.”
We here at Boxing360 would like to welcome Aalan Martinez to our family. We have very high hopes for him and look forward to sharing his successes with all of you.