Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin of Chattanooga improved to 7-0 as a professional lightweight boxer Wednesday night with a unanimous four-round decision over Matthew Baca in Connecticut.
The bout was televised by ESPN2.
Martin, a 6-foot, 135-pounder, signed last September with 50 Cent's SMS Promotions and has been training in Ohio. The 21-year-old was a guest Thursday on "Press Row" on Chattanooga's ESPN 105.1 The Zone.
Q: Does it change your mindset at all when you're fighting in front of a national audience on ESPN2?
A: "My mindset is really no different from any other match I go into. The bright lights and the cameras don't affect me at all. I just go in there with a game plan and try to execute it."
Q: There had to be some point early on where beating the snot out of someone gave you a thrill. How did that happen?
A: "When I was seven years old, I first put on boxing gloves. I would follow my older brother to the gym, and I hit this guy one time in the face, and it's been a thrill ever since. I love everything about the sport of boxing, from the work I put in to a victory like I had last night."
Q: What's next for you, and at what point will there be a title shot?
A: "My ranking went up like 10 points after last night, so I'm very excited about that. Right now, my team and I are going to take a break from boxing, because we've been working really hard this past year. We're going to take a break and let my body heal up. I plan to enjoy myself around my family and friends."
Q: How important is still being undefeated in regards to the opportunities you would like to have?
A: "It's very important, but what's most important is just to keep developing. We're just going to keep working so when we do get that shot, I'll be as sharp as a pencil."
Q: What is your favorite "Rocky" movie?
A: "I like all of them but especially Rocky IV when he fought the Russian. The Russian was a machine and so powerful."
Q: What do you call 50 Cent?
A: "I call him 5."
Q: Who was your favorite boxer growing up?"
A: "Sugar Ray Leonard."
Q: When you're on the road and doing all the traveling that you do, what's the restaurant you miss most in Chattanooga?
A: "Smokey Bones."
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