In this interview, lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, who is promoted by SMS Promotions, discusses his background in boxing and his pro debut, which will take place on September 16, 2013 at World Resorts Casino in Queens, New York.
DL: When did you first put on the gloves? How old were you and what were the circumstances?
RM: I first put on a pair of gloves when I was seven. I walked into a boxing gym and didn’t know nothing about it. I gloved up my first day there and I hit a kid in the face and loved it. I started amateur boxing at the age of eight. I fought every weekend and I was real busy as an amateur. The program I came from was more than just the sport of boxing. It was like an after school program to help out with homework and school. Boxing was just part of the program. Boxing became a big part of my life, and at the age of ten, I decided that this is what I wanted to do. The guys who put it all together were Andy and Joe Smith. They are very good guys from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I won numerous championships from the Silver Gloves, Golden Gloves, Ringside… I won all these championships and it’s just been a blessing.
DL: How did you put yourself in a position where you have a significant promoter like SMS Promotions for your pro debut?
RM: In 2010, I won a gold medal at a national championship in Cincinnati, Ohio and I got to represent the USA over in Russia. That was a big deal to a lot of people. More than that, I would say my skill level. People saw a lot of potential in that.
DL: Who is your team right now?
RM: My manger is Tim Van Newhouse, my trainer is Joe Delguyd… I fight out of Strong Style in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the same gym where Mark Davis fights out of.
DL: Tell me about your upcoming fight on September 16th.
RM: It’s going to be at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. From what I hear, there’s going to be a lot of talent on the card. I’m very excited about that. I’m excited about being on a big stage in my first pro fight. I don’t know who I’m fighting. I trust my team to give me the right guy.
DL: Your thoughts on Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez?
RM: I think it’s going to be a super fight, but I put my money on Mayweather. Never bet against Mayweather.
DL: Anything in closing?
RM: I just want to give a thanks to the guys who started me off in boxing, Andy and Joe Smith from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I want to thank all my supporters out there – 50 Cent, SMS Promotions, Tim Van Newhouse… Get ready for big things. You can follow me on Twitter at 1ryandmartin.