Darryl Tyson of Washington had planned to fight Hector Camacho, the former World Boxing Council junior lightweight champion, but three days before their scheduled fight in Las Vegas Camacho withdrew with an injured ankle.
That was in February and Tyson still is waiting for Camacho to reschedule the fight. So, Tyson is scheduled to face James Martinez of Dallas in a feature 10-round lightweight bout tonight at the D.C. Armory at 7 o'clock.
"I'm training to reach my goal," said Tyson, 24, who is 5 feet 6 1/2 inches and 137 1/2 pounds.
"It's not Camacho, but the IBF (International Boxing Federation) lightweight title against Jimmy Paul. Maybe in another six months. Camacho doesn't know when he's going to fight or where he's going to fight. If that fight comes off, that would be the big fight for me to become nationally recognized," he said.
Tyson's strong right hand has helped him to 13 knockouts and a 20-1 record. Martinez (44-27) is a strong puncher who, at age 24, never has been knocked out.
Washington's Al Martino is scheduled to fight William Reed of Baltimore in the eight-round lightweight cofeature.
Other bouts will include an eight-round middleweight match between Eddie Barnes and Anthony Crudup and a four-round middleweight bout between Calvin Beatty and Reggie Lee, all from Washington.
Junior lightweight Floyd Simmons of New Carrolton is scheduled to meet Leroy Brooks of Washington in a four-round rematch of a close fight last month.
Washington light heavyweights Jack Johnson and Robert McConnell are scheduled for an eight-round bout.