Curtis Martin Supports Boxing

By Francis Walker
Updated: October 13, 2007

NEW YORK — Former New York Jets & New England Patriots running back Curtis Martin enjoyed himself at the Peter vs. McCline heavyweight fight card. Martin said that he’s always been a fight fan and now that he’s retired, he can devote more time toward paying attention to the sport.

“I just like boxing,” Martin said politely. “I started boxing for training. When I get the opportunity to come to Madison Square Garden, I come to the fights. Now that I pay attention to it more, I pay closer attention to the techniques.”

Martin, a professional athlete himself, knows all about paying attention to detail. Timing, preparation, repetition, strength, conditioning, and having the desire to win by sacrificing ones body are things that Martin is much too familiar with.

Martin spent 11 seasons in the NFL, eight with the New York Jets (1998-2005). Martin ran for 14,101 yards and 90 career touchdowns. He was a member of the Patriots AFC Championship team and led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in 1998. A standout for the Pitt Panthers, Martin retired in July 2007.

The 34 year-old Martin can see his competitive spirit in professional boxers.

“Mike Tyson was always one of my favorites,” Martin said. “I liked his power. I also like fighters like Kelly Pavlik. I’d probably favor punchers, but I also appreciate Floyd Mayweather, Jr. His conditioning and technique is sound.”

Perhaps Martin’s personal favorite is Roy Jones, Jr. “I always thought he was the best in boxing. Maybe right now he’s probably not in his prime. When he was in his prime, I enjoyed watching him,” Martin added.”

Jones is scheduled to fight Felix Trinidad at the Garden in January 2008. Martin is picking Jones over Trinidad.