In 2014, Chattanooga’s Ryan Martin showed us an amazing rookie year by compiling 8 wins with 5 coming by way of knockout. The most decorated Tennessean boxer will continue to prove why he’s among the top prospects in his division this Saturday when he fights in Hidalgo, Texas for his first bout of 2015.
Martin, who is undefeated with a record of 10-0 (6ko’s) will challenge Carlos Valenzuela, 6-2, 3 KOs, of Ciudad, Obregon, Mexico in a six round clash at the State Farm Arena.
“We are hoping Ryan gets rounds out of this match with Valenzuela. He has been making quick work of his opponents, and we need to see more of the great tools he has before going into 8-round bouts,” said longtime Matchmaker Sean Gibbons. “This fight will give us a bigger picture on how fast we can move him throughout 2015”.
In Martin’s last three outings, he’s stopped all three of his opponents who had a combined winning record of 39 wins and just 11 losses. Valenzuela, who recently went the six – round distance with Top Rank’s prospect Emmanuel Robles (12-0-1) this past October in San Diego, California should be a good test to start the beginning of the year.
“I can’t look for the knockout; that’s not what I’m best at”, Martin said.
“My speed and my jab help separate me from allot of young prospects. I’m prepared to go all six rounds, and I look forward to showcasing that on Saturday; if the knockout comes that’s ok too”.
The main event brings together Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera, a 15-0, 7 KOs, lightweight, who will take on Robbie Cannon, 14-10-1, of Missouri in an eight round bout. It will be Najera’s first time in a main event, which will be televised nationally by UniMas. In the opening televised bout, Alex ‘El Cholo’ Saucedo, 16-0, 11 KOs, of Oklahoma City, will take on welterweight Eduardo Flores, 27-16-3, 12 KOs, of Ecuador in an
Eight round bout. This will be El Cholo’s first time in the ring with his new trainer
Ronnie Shields of Houston.
Martin is a rising star who made his debut on September 16, 2013. His promoter 50 Cent and manager Tim VanNewhouse kept him very busy in 2014 with 8 fights. This is another opportunity for the young prospect to look spectacular in front of the Texan boxing fan base.