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UFCs Terry Martin boxing Ricardo Upchurch tonight in pro debut

Terry Martin

Props: Chicago Sun-Times


‘‘Boxing was my first love. I started in mixed martial arts after wrestling in college at Northern Illinois University. ‘It was a logical progression, but I've always had boxing in the back of my mind to get back to. Now's a good time to get back to boxing, my training and sparring have been very good and I have no problem making weight. At this point I'm more excited about boxing than I am in MMA. When I was growing up people said I looked like Mike Tyson, and that stuck with me. I was a street fighter as a kid. College wrestling and MMA really taught me discipline.''

-- Terry Martin -- who has been released from his contract with the UFC -- will try his hand at professional boxing this evening (Friday, April 11) against Ricardo Upchurch in a cruiserweight bout (190 pounds) at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Parm, Illinois. Martin is on a two-fight MMA skid, losing to Marvin Eastman and Chris Leben, respectively. He still plans to compete in mixed martial arts and apparently has a fight lined up on May 17 in Newcastle, England.

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