For undefeated King of the Cage fighters Johnny “Kid Kvenbo” Muñoz Jr. (10-0) and Alan “Superglue” Martinez (4-0), championship belts run in the family.
The two cousins are both KOTC title holders in their respective weight classes. 27-year-old Muñoz holds the promotion’s pro featherweight belt while 23-year-old Martinez is the amateur junior flyweight champ.
When Muñoz made his amateur debut in 2014, Martinez noted the excitement his cousin had for the sport and this sparked an interest in MMA for him as well. As a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he decided to practice more on his striking before venturing into the sport himself. Martinez made his amateur debut in March 2019 at KOTC: Sin Rival in Ontario, California where he bested Danny Avila (2-2-1) via rear-naked choke at 52 seconds of round 2.
He won the belt in December 2019 and successfully defended it in February. “I believe I want to defend it one more time and then go pro,” Martinez told The Scrap, “Amateur was cool, I got my feet wet. Now it’s time to make the real thing happen.”
Muñoz was scheduled to fight James “Mooka” Barnes (13-4) at KOTC: Eliminator II; however, the bout was canceled due to the recent pandemic. The featherweight said he was in the middle of a workout when he received the news about the fight cancelation. Speaking about the Coronavirus pandemic Muñoz said, “The whole situation is bigger than everybody; it involves countries and governments. The best thing is to remain positive and adapt during these types of situations.”
He added the cancelation was disappointing. “I train in those fight camps specifically to show what I can do to all the fans who are watching.”
As for training during quarantine Muñoz said, “You always have to find ways to train. I have a pretty good size little gym set up at my house.” Thinking about the post-pandemic outlook the pro fighter predicted, “I think it’s going to be pretty messy for a minute. The economy is taking a big dump so I think we will be in a little bind for a minute, but I think we will be able to rebuild. A lot of people will have that aftershock from the virus just from being home and not doing much.”