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Stan “The Man” Martyniouk Wants To Prove His Worth


By John J. Raspanti

Stan Martyniouk believes he’s a pretty good fighter. Martyniouk won 85 matches as an amateur, eventually winning a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves in 2007.


Martyniouk turned professional soon after, winning his first 10 fights until being upset by Khadpehi Proctor at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. in 2010.


Since his loss, Martyniouk, 30, has engaged in only four bouts, winning three of them.  Martyniouk knows that level of inactivity won’t cut it.


“I couldn’t get a fight,” Martyniouk told this writer via email. “It’s hard to get a match these days if you don’t have a promoter behind you. So I signed with Seconds Out Promotions (Tony Grygelko) who is giving me a huge opportunity. I feel like this is my second chance and will make sure I take full advantage of it,” he said.

“But even though I was inactive in the ring I was still active in the gym training with the best fighters in the world such as Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Andre Berto just to name a few.  I went from one training camp to learning from the best and getting better,” he added.


Training with Pacquiao was the highlight of Martyniouk’s career. But the eight-year pro wants to show the boxing world that he can fight a little too. He’s tired of being labeled a prospect.  


Last month Martyniouk got the call.


On October 17, at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN, Martyniouk (13-2, 2 KOs) will meet Minnesota native Jeremy McLaurin (11-8-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six round lightweight contest. The bout might not be the headliner, but it’s a start.  


Martyniouk, who was once trained by noted trainer, Virgil Hunter, has been working with Brian Scwartz and Mike Bazzel at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos.  


“My Dad helps out and supports me,” Martyniouk said of his father, who once was his trainer. “I am working with Victor Conte and team SNAC as well.”


Though he’s recently been on the sidelines more than in the squared circle, Martyniouk feels good about his future. 


“I think the time is now,” said the good-natured fighter.  “Better late than never. Things happen for a reason. I know I’m thirty, but I don’t feel thirty. I still feel like I’m twenty-five, just a lot better, wiser and stronger. 


“I know I have a lot of catching up to do," he admitted. "The good thing is, I haven’t taken any punishment, so my body is in great condition. I’ve been training with the best.


“Now it’s my time to get my name out there and show everyone that I belong at the top," said Martyniouk. "I just feel very grateful to finally get back to doing what I love. On October 17, I am looking to make a lot of noise. I’m back!”


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