Date of birth: 02.26.1993
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Weight category: light weight
Height / arm span: 183/187 cm
Record in amateurs: 202-22
Moved to professionals: in 2013
Professional record: 8-0 (4 KOs)
Coaching staff: Joe Delgide, Bob Caleal
Manager: Tim Van Newhouse
Promoter: SMS Promotions
“At this stage of my career, I develop my skills. I’m trying to move from amateur to professional. All my fights are very different, they all give me a useful experience for the future, ”says Ryan Martin.
His trainer Joe Delgide has been working with Martin for about a year and he is very impressed:
“I got confidence in this guy when we were in Florida. We worked with Yuriorkis Gamboa. I was a little worried – after all, he is only 21 years old and he just turned into professionals. But Ryan worked very well. If he could spar with such a tough guy like Gamboa, then I would let him spar with any fighter in the world. Why not?”
Martin – a tall, slim lightweight arrived at Gamboa camp to help prepare for battle with Terence Crawford. Gamboa and Martin had at least 40 rounds of sparring.
“Ryan didn’t play games, he hit hard enough and I remember a couple of days when the Gamboa team asked us to go home because they didn’t want to spar.”
“He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard,” the coach continues. “Nice nice guy, nice smile, good personal qualities. He is moderately modest, he is confident in himself. He has fast hands, fast legs. He beats well. ”
Martin was born in Akron, Ohio, but moved when he was seven years old to Chattanooga, Tennessee. One day, he followed his elder brother, Courtney, to the gym, where he instantly fell in love with boxing.
“The first thing I did was put on gloves and a helmet, and fell in love with it,” he says.
Early in his amateur career, he became acquainted with champion Jermaine Taylor.
“I saw him at the Silver Gloves Championship. He always liked how I boxed and he believed that I had a great talent. ”
During the summer months, great basketball player LeBron James shocked the sports world, leaving the Miami Heat and reunited with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Martin met James a couple of times in Akron when he was small, and Martin’s older brother played basketball against James in high school.
“He is returning to Cleveland, I think it’s pretty good for the city and will bring some excitement here … until I took it upon myself (laughs).
When asked what will happen earlier – he will win the world title in boxing or James will win the NBA title with Cavaliers, Martin chuckles. “I think that I will be the champion faster (laughs), but whatever the result and whoever the first one is, it will be good for the city. I hope one day, James will be able to come to my fight. ”
Next fight with Josh Taylor (November 3, at the SSE Hydro arena, Glasgow, UK)