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June 4, 2014

Boxing Lawrence's Santos faces towering opponent in ring

West Virginian Martz is giant (6-7) and a tough customer

His last fight, a knockout of Sylvester Barron televised nationally on FoxSportsOne, put Lawrence’s Alexis Santos on the heavyweight radar screen nationally.

The reward for victory in his next fight, tomorrow night vs. West Virginia contender Daniel Martz, could be a ticket to the big time.

“It’s a fight we have to take if we want to be taken seriously,” said Santos’ trainer Sean Farley of tomorrow’s tango with the 250-plus pound, 10-1-1 Martz.

“He’s a young, talented up-and-comer, who hasn’t been afraid to take fights in the opponents’ back yard.

“For us to prove that was can start to be in the same conversation with the top modern-day heavyweights, we have to take on guys like this.”

Martz, who has done most of his fighting in the Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania area, owns an impressive resume. This will be his sixth fight against an unbeaten foe.

“In my eyes, this is like a battle of two unbeaten fighters,” said Farley. “He has a decision loss and a draw and both were in the other guy’s hometown.”

This fight, tomorrow at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street in Boston, is basically a home fight for Santos (13-0, 11 KOs).

He KO’d 8-3 Sylvester Barron in the same ring back on St. Patrick’s Day.

This eight-rounder for the NABF Jr. (under-25 years old) heavyweight championship is a step up the ladder for the 24-year-old Santos.

“We plan on going in and fighting eight hard rounds,” said Farley. “We’re looking to win this one, one round at a time.”

FoxSportsOne will come on the air at 9 p.m. and Santos-Martz, the co-main event, is slated to be the second to last fight of the night.

FoxSportsOne is channel 250 or 925 (HD) on area Comcast cable systems.

Tickets are still available, from $45 to $150.

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