MARTIN LOOKS LIKE BLUE CHIPPER IN WIN OVER CRUZ
By Scott Shaffer @Ringside
Ryan Martin TKO8 Bryant Cruz… Tennessee’s Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin won the pay-per-view opener at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and looked good doing so. Martin (18-0) stopped New York’s Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz (17-2) in the eighth round of a one-sided lightweight contest. Referee Harvey Dock stepped in while Cruz was crouched in a corner absorbing heavy blows. There were no knockdowns, but Martin had dominated Cruz from the outset, so there wasn’t much of a protest over the stoppage. At 5’11” with quick hands, a Thomas Hearns-like physique and excellent boxing skills, Martin has a great chance to win a world championship in the lightweight division.
Cruz was game but Martin is taller and longer and knew how to use his natural advantages. The shorter Cruz had his best success working Martin’s midsection. However, Martin won all the early rounds, slowly building in intensity. By the fifth round, he was teeing off on Cruz, backing Cruz into corners and landing hard combinations. At the end of the sixth, Martin hurt Cruz again, giving the ringside physician cause to examine Cruz. The end came two rounds later, which was not a surprise to anyone who was watching the fight.