Local native Joseph Martinez began learning how to fight at the age of 6 1/2 when his step dad began teaching him Muay Thai.
“Muay Thai then evolved to the sport of boxing,” Joseph tells Merced Daily.
When Joseph started boxing he was given the name Joseph “The Maniac” Martinez.” He would then go on to win his first title match in 2017, at the age of just 8-years-old.
Joseph is now 10 years old and has captured five titles, winning his most recent in Missouri at the 2019 National Silver Gloves.
Joseph tells Merced Daily he’s in 4th grade and currently attends Pioneer Elementary School. Joseph also trains at the Haro Bros Boxing Gym in Merced, and works out at least two hours a day.
When asked what does it take to win a title, he simply replied, “Work hard”.
His next fight will be held February 23, 2019 in Salinas, Ca.
His current boxing record is 17-2
Below are Joseph “The Maniac” Martinez Accomplishments:
2017 Regional Desert Showdown
2018 National Silver Gloves
2018 National Jr. Golden Gloves
2018 Mexican Independence Champ
2018 National PAL
2019 National Silver Gloves