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Terry Martin trading in his MMA gloves for boxing gloves

UFC fighter Terry Martin will make his professional boxing debut on Saturday night in Villa Park, Illinois according to the Chicago Sun-Times:

‘‘Boxing was my first love,’’ Martin said. ‘‘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.’’

Martin will be fighting at 190 lbs. against Ricardo Upchurch, who is 0-1 according to any semblance of a record that I could find online. Apparently Martin has trouble making 185 lbs. in the UFC so fighting at 190 lbs. should be right up his alley. If anyone is in the Villa Park, IL area and has a chance to catch this fight this weekend, be sure to report back and let us know how things went for Martin in his pro debut.

HT: Bloody Elbow