Prospect Spotlight: Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin
May 13, 2016
Nancy Rodriguez (329 articles)
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Prospect Spotlight: Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin

The term ‘Blue Chip’ first came into use to imply something that was a valuable asset. If one were to take a look at rising prospect, Ryan Martin, and the attributes that he can bring into the boxing ring, they wouldn’t disagree as of yet. He’s very passionate about his craft and feels he’s good at it.

Still a young lion in the game of professional boxing, Martin holds an undefeated record of 14 wins; nine of them by knock out. He was given the alias name “Blue Chip” by his manager, Tim Van Newhouse.

“He is gifted by God, with all the things that you can not teach,” trainer, Joe Delguyd once said about his young cub. “Height, length, speed, reflexes, timing, endurance, and on top of it, he is a tremendous student who’s willing to do anything you ask him to do and work as hard as you ask him to do.”

Martin fell in love with the sport of boxing the first day he set foot in a boxing gym. At the age of eight Martin was introduced to the sport by his older brother. It is the only sport that he ever did, and the only profession he ever saw in his future. Though, if he had to choose another route in life, Martin would be an engineer.

As an amateur, Martin held a record of 202 wins with 22 losses. He was an Olympic hopeful and won several National Amateur Championships, but came up short of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics against Robert Easter.

Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the 23 year-old moved to Cleveland, Ohio in the summer of 2013 to train at The Old School Boxing Club with Delguyd. The two met when Van Newhouse introduce them. Van Newhouse and Delguyd have a long close history together. Team Martin have close ties, and are more than just a team, they are a family. That was exactly the team that Martin needed in this hurt game, because as Martin puts it in boxing, “you gotta have a team that is going to get you to the next level, you can’t do everything yourself.”

“I think that he’s an amazing coach,” said Martin of Delguyd. “He took me when I was still an amateur and he turned me into a pro fighter. He’s taught me so much in these last two and half years and I’m still learning, but over all, I’m excited and it’s an honor to have him on my team. I (explicit) love him.”

The move from Tennessee to Ohio, at first, was a bit of a challenge for Martin. He left behind his family, friends and everything he knew to grab at an opportunity to strive for his dream.

“Nothing is guaranteed in the sport of boxing,” said Martin. “Overall, yes, it was tough, but this is what I want to do and I knew I could do it, so I was very confident in my ability. As time went on I’m more comfortable with being in Cleveland, so the move was definitely worth it. I think it made me more all around good person.”

Martin signed with SMS Promotions at the start of his career. The promotional company, owned by rapper turned boxing promoter, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, eventually went bankrupt last year and Martin was released from his contract this spring after a year of litigation to have his contract voided from the company. His recent fight in April was the first match up without being under SMS Promotions after almost a year layoff.

“I feel grateful for the opportunities that “50” gave me. I was in the middle of cutting grass and he actually called my phone,” said Martin about how he connected with the promoter. “It was a New York number and I picked up the phone. He said ‘Yo, this is 50’ and I hung up. I said ‘50 aint calling me, that was a joke or something like that.’ He had called back and we talked and that’s when I was like ‘that’s a rare opportunity.’ Those opportunities don’t come around often. You never know what opportunity will come around again so, I will never forget, 50 brought me to where I am at right now. He gave me the 13 fights and I’m glad for it. I’m very excited for where I am at right now.”

Martin made his debut as a free agent under K2 Promotions on April 23rd on the undercard of Golovkin versus Wade. In his lightweight six-round bout against Rosbel Montoya, Martin dropped his opponent twice from body shots before referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped it at 1:51 in the fifth round.

“I felt like it was a good performance. I felt like I could have done a couple of things better,” said Martin. “Overall, I was very pleased with my performance after I watched it on tape and everybody else seemed to like it. It was almost a year that I was in the ring, so definitely the opportunity was nice.”

When asked about possibly joining the K2 Promotions team, Martin said, “Definitely, the whole staff is very professional. Tom (CEO of K2 Promotions) is a very professional guy and I seen his work that he did with Triple G and Chocolatito, two of the top pound guys. So, he knows what he is doing. How can you not like that?”

During his layoff in the ring, Martin kept himself sharp and busy. He was still training religiously throughout his whole layoff. In the summer of 2015, Martin was in camp with former world champion, “Showtime” Shawn Porter, when Porter was preparing for his fight with Adrien “The Problem” Broner. Martin also worked with “Hammerin” Hank Lundy in the same camp as Lundy was preparing for his fight with Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera that summer. Working along side these two boxers has helped shaped Martin to be a better boxer himself.

“(Shawn) and his dad had taught me a lot. Hank Lundy was definitely a big part of me getting some development,” said Martin.

Martin has also had the opportunity to work with Yuriorkis Gamboa while he was preparing for his fight against WBO World Super Lightweight Champion, Terence “Bud” Crawford. This June, Martin will be joining WBC World Super Lightweight Champion, Viktor “The Iceman” Postol, for six weeks as Postol prepares for his unification title bout with Crawford in July. It will be Martin’s first time working alongside Postol and world class trainer, Freddie Roach.

“I’m looking forward to that, I’m very excited about that. I love to be working with champions and see where I’m at,” said Martin.

Experimenting with fighters like these, Martin will be able to gain more “ring IQ” and bring that into his style of boxing as he strives for his goal in this sport.

“I definitely want to accomplish being a multi-division world champion. I want to be an inspiration for kids, definitely. I like to help out a lot, so I definitely want to be some fighter that people can look up to.”

All Photos By: Mikey Williams/Team Martin

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