(Photo by Juan Marshall)
The bout will be on the undercard of the Vladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings heavyweight championship contest.
McRae (15-3, eight KO's) is undefeated in his six contests (5-0, one no contest) and is coming off a six-round majority decision over Grover Young on November 1 in Washington, DC.
“This is a great opportunity for my career,” said McRae in a press release. “In my eyes, I’m also undefeated since both of my decision losses were controversial and the other fight was stopped unjustly, so my position really should be similar to his.”
However, Martin (20-0-1, 18 KO's) will be by far the most accomplished foe McRae has faced in his pro career. Martin has held the NABO title since April 16, 2014 when he stopped Alexander Flores in the fourth round in Santa Monica, CA. Martin will be making the third defense of his title after knockout wins over Raphael Zumbano Love and Kersten Manswell. Martin also has stoppage wins over Tyyab Beale and Joey Dawejko.
Martin is ranked number four by the WBO and number six by the IBF. However, McRae seems unimpressed.
“He’s a decent fighter but I didn’t see anything spectacular. I know what I can do in there and that’s far more important than officially having a 0 at the end of my record. When two fighters get in the ring regardless of who is supposed to be the next great fighter or not, anything can happen and this is my time to show everybody what I’m truly made of!”
This bout could make the international telecast on April 25.