Chattanooga Boxer Martin off to great pro start
Life has changed much for former West Side boxer Ryan Martin yet it's remained the same. Martin carries with him life lessons he learned in Chattanooga as an amateur boxer as he gets his feet wet in the pro boxing world.
"One of the best moments of my life, a surreal moment," said Martin.
By way of second round TKO, Chattanooga's Ryan Martin was off to an undefeated pro career.
Martin said, "pro boxing wasn't one of my dreams, it wasn't. Making the Olympic team was but I lost out and I had decisions to make."
The decision was sped up by what he thought was a prank call by someone claiming to be media mogul and hip-hop star 50-Cent.
A multi-year contract, one of five boxers signed by SMS Promotions run by 50-Cent and a promise to let him develop into the world class contender that they believe Martin is.
"I have no regrets. I'm still living my dream though boxing, this is what I wanna do with my life," said Martin.
Martin's career didn't start with the call from 50-Cent nor did it start with the more than 200 amateur fights and 12 National Titles he won boxing out of Chattanooga.
It started when Andy and Joe Smith took him in at the West Side Boxing Club 12 years ago. A wide eyed 7-year-old with a rough upbringing hungry for a purpose.
"they pretty much raised me into who I am today. Humbleness is a key to my life. I don't wanna feel like I'm better than someone else or things like that. I'm just a normal person," said Martin.
Good news in a sport where fame comes with temptation. The boxing world has chewed up and spit out some the worlds best talent. Martin says he has the foundation to stay driven.
"coming up in my life I've seen a lot of examples of what to do and not to do especially the program I came through in Chattanooga. I'm a very smart young man so I'm pretty sure my team and I will stay on the right track," said Martin.
Martin's second pro fight will be in New York City on November 9th.