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Martin: Training in Big Bear has me mentally ready

Ryan Martin talks about tomorrow’s WBSS quarterfinals fight against Josh Taylor.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During yesterday’s media event for this weekend’s World Boxing Super Series tournament, Ryan Martin talked about getting ready for his quarterfinals bout against Josh Taylor and where he gets his confidence from. Check it out...

Martin on how he’s feeling:

“Things are good, things are real good. I’m ready for Saturday night. You know, Scotland’s been good to me so far.

“The weather, actually it’s similar to Big Bear...I’m not a big fan of the cold weather, that’s why I live in Los Angeles, but, you know, it is what it is. I just have to deal with it.”

On his training in Big Bear:

“Training there is great. You know, being around those guys, it gets you ready mentally and physically, and just being in that solitude up there and being around Abel [Sanchez] and the way he does things — it’s been great for me.”

On the benefits of training around great fighters like Gennady Golovkin:

“I think it’s important because you see what they go through. G works just as hard as anybody else. You would never think that he is who he is ‘cause he’s pushing himself everyday, he pushes everybody around him. Just training alongside him you have to work very, very hard.”

On if he would rate Josh Taylor as the toughest opponent he’s faced yet:

“Yes. He’s a good all-around fighter, as am I. And I’m very confident in my skill set, that match up very well with his.

“Yeah, you could say [that he’s faced tougher opponents than me]. Postol, Vazquez — they was all...not American, though [laughs]. My style is a lot different from all theirs. I’m faster, I’m bigger. You know, people think I’m coming up from ‘35 pounds, I’m smaller. I’m actually very strong at 140.

“I have a lot to prove. Just go in there, do my job, do what I do very well. You gonna see a very, very sharp, focused Ryan Martin Saturday night to get the job done.”

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