Ryan Martin Ready For Mikito Soto, Puerto Rico Debut

By Jake Donovan

Whatever quality time was enjoyed by Ryan Martin over the Easter weekend will have to last at least through mid-May. The 22-year old prospect is set for a pair of fights over the course of the next five weeks, beginning with his first pro fight in Puerto Rico.

Martin (11-0, 6KOs) will appear on the undercard of Orlando Salido’s 130 lb. title defense versus Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez, a former champ from Vega Baja. Like his traveling stablemate, Martin also faces local flavor as he is set for a scheduled six-round lightweight bout with Arecibo’s Miguel ‘Mikito’ Soto (12-5, 12KOs).

The show takes place at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in the island’s historic capital city of San Juan.

“The island is filled with boxing culture and I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills,” notes Martin, born and raised in East Tennessee but who now lives and trains in Cleveland, Ohio.

Most will glance at the résumé of Soto and not think anything of the matchup (all of Soto’s losses have come in his last six fights). But for Martin—aptly named ‘Blue Chip’ for his standout amateur career—every fight is an audition, especially when they come back to back. 

“It’s a big deal because I’m in front of the networks again,” notes Martin, who is managed by Tim VanNewhouse and promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions. 

This weekend’s show airs live on DirecTV Pay-Per-View, with a win placing him on the undercard of the May 9 show topped by the HBO headliner between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and James Kirkland. “My team has me fully prepared and I will make most of the opportunities.”

Aside from impressing the networks, Martin hopes to attract the attention of some of Puerto Rico’s greatest boxing talent, including one of his all time favorites.

“I’m hopeful that Felix Trinidad will be in the audience,” Martin wonders of the Hall-of-Fame fighter who punched his way to titles in three weight classes while serving as among the best and most popular of his era. “He was a gift to boxing from God, his devastating body punches and relentless pressure will always be inspiring to me. 

“My trainer (Joe Delguyd) shares stories with me about his sparring days with the lightweight sensation Hector Camacho and often talks about Wilfred Benitiez. So I think this will be an exciting trip for him as well.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Virgil Hill Discusses The 175 Landscape, Stevenson vs. Jack Coach: Pacquiao Punished Buboy, He'll Be Ready For Matthysse Tyson Fury Plans To Pursue a Medical Career After Boxing Celestino Caballero To Be Released From Prison Carlos Cuadras Leaves Rehab, Ready To Get Back in The Mix David Benavidez vs. Anthony Dirrell Ordered By The WBC Manager: GGG Avoided Derevyanchenko on 5/5 & They Know It Photos: Canelo Shows Off His Trimmed Down Physique Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith Talks Continue To Play Out Gvozdyk Not Stepping Aside, Ready For Adonis Stevenson Shot Avni Yildirim vs. Lolenga Mock Set For September 15, Germany Roy Jones: Joshua Should Take 1, 2 More Fights - Then Get Wilder CompuBox: Inside The Numbers - Stevenson-Jack, Russell-Diaz Josh Taylor Confident He'll Beat Postol, Secure Jose Ramirez Shot News: Antonio Tarver, Steele Beats Upsher, Charlotte Results Weekend Review: Stevenson vs. Jack Excites, Warrington Too Carl Frampton Welcomes Josh Warrington Showdown Jack: Stevenson Would've Gone Down if I Had 5, 10 More Seconds Mayweather: Judges Must Score More Than 30 Seconds of Rounds Joe Joyce To Return on June 15 at York Hall Lee Selby Eyes Weight Move To 130 After Losing IBF World Title Josh Warrington In Pole Position To Land Frampton Showdown Joshua: I'll Rain Down Hell on Wilder, F*** Him Up Real Bad Nico Hernandez Continues To Win Big With First Round Stoppage Jose Benavidez Aims To Secure Terence Crawford Showdown Gary Russell: I Want To Unify Next or Move Up in Weight With Stevenson-Jack, Toronto Arrives As A True Fight City Photos: Pacquiao Grinds Hard With Buboy For Matthysse Fight McDonnell Hits Japan, Feels Confident of Shocking Naoya Inoue Omar Chavez: Other Fighters Have Lost - They Are Now Legends! Adonis Stevenson Admits: I Need To Be More Active Chavez Sr. Angry, Trainer Shakes Head at Omar Chavez Defeat Adonis Stevenson To Badou Jack: Rematch Must Be in Canada! Jack: I Wasn't Hitting Stevenson Low; He Had His Cup Really High Stevenson's Promoter Impressed With Badou Jack's Performance Joseph Diaz Has No Excuses: Gary Russell a Tremendous Fighter Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz - CompuBox Punch Stats Diego Magdaleno Grabs Win in Mexico, Hopes For Title Shot Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack - CompuBox Punch Stats Jack: Let's Do the Stevenson Rematch in Vegas, Sweden or the UK

Latest Active Forum Threads