Swindon welterweight Ryan Martin says he is prepared to fight anyone when boxing resumes after teaming up with new trainer Adam Booth.
Martin’s last outing was in November 2019 when he stopped Mziwoxolo Ndwayana at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre. However, the global pandemic quickly stopped boxing in its tracks and, for Martin, also saw his trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick step away from the professional scene.
Fitzpatrick’s departure saw Martin join the talented stable of Booth boxers in Surrey and the Swindon fighter is delighted with his new setup there.
“It was a surprise (Paddy Fitzpatrick stepping away),” admitted Martin. “It was literally after a sparring session. Paddy just told me he had other plans and I have to respect what he wants to do with his life.
“Paddy put me in touch with some people. With lockdown we had a bit of time to think about the best route.
“Adam Booth was top of the list for me. It took a bit of time but we made it happen, so I’m happy.
“The talent I am mixing with in there is just unbelievable. I’m constantly being challenged.
“I went straight in with Josh Kelly, after a year of not sparring.”
The 27-year-old has kept himself in good shape during the pandemic and says he is now ready to fight anyone as he looks to resume his career.
He added: “It’s (the pandemic) been difficult for everyone. No boxing hasn’t been fun. It’s kind of been an eye opener. I’ve trained as hard as I can given the circumstances.
“I definitely know that I want to box now. I definitely know I want to fight.
“It’s (the division) absolutely stacked, look at any of the top 10, top 15, it’s take your pick. Any of them. When the floodgates open I’ll take whatever is there. If these fights are fights that propel me forward and create opportunities then I’ll take them.”
Watch the full interview with Ryan Martin by clicking on the video below.
Interview by boxing correspondent Will Hale.