Frank Martin is hoping that the skimpy schedule he had in 2023 was simply an outlier.
Normally, the 28-year-old can be spotted in the ring on multiple occasions. This time around, he wasn’t given the opportunity. In addition to having only one appearance this year under his belt, Martin failed to make the most of it.
Artem Harutyunyan was an unrecognizable name. So, naturally, fans were under the impression that Martin would waltz to the ring, put a beating on his man, and move on to his next opponent. However, after going life and death with Harutyunyan, Martin went back to the drawing board and vowed to get better.
Still, regardless of his shaky performance, the Detroit native wanted to jump back into the fire and participate in a big fight. Just a few months later, he got what he was looking for.
Shakur Stevenson, who was in desperate need of an opponent, reached an agreement with Martin for a vacant WBC title fight. Yet, behind the scenes, Martin was surly by the negotiations. In short, the highly ranked contender wanted a bit more financially to face the now three-division champ.
Their conclaves eventually got them nowhere as Stevenson went on to beat Edwin De Los Santos, while Martin, on the other hand, was sequestered on the sidelines.
With a matchup against Stevenson ostensibly off the table, Martin has now turned his attention towards William Zepeda. The Mexican native has run through his competition, including two recent violent stoppage victories over Jaime Arboleda and Mercito Gesta.
For Martin, he doesn’t want to bloviate perpetually about his desire to face the 27-year-old. Instead, he revealed that he was going to do his best to make it happen.
“I really want William Zepeda,” said Martin on ThaBoxingVoice during a recent interview. “I’m a have a sit down with my team. I’m a see if they can push for that for me.”
Oscar De La Hoya, Zepeda’s current promoter, is telling Martin to slow down a little bit. The former Hall of Fame fighter believes that Martin has to go out and take care of some unfinished business before jumping in with Zepeda.
“Fight Stevenson,” said De La Hoya on his social media account. “And I’ll think about it.”