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Ryan Karl Interview

By: Matthew Pearlman


Ryan Karl put his undefeated record to the test on October 6th when he took on Alfonso Olvera in his PBC debut on Fox Sports 1. The Texas native was successful as he won a six round unanimous decision to improve to 10-0. I caught up with "Cowboy" after his TV debut.


Karl told me what's next for him, "I want to beat a gatekeeper and become a top contender by the end of 2016. Hopefully I can fight someone highly ranked in the near future."


He talked about who he'd like to fight next, "No one in particular, I just want to fight the really good fighters. It would be cool to fight for the Texas State Title because it'd be my first belt, and Steve Hall currently has that. "


Karl walked me through a typical training day, "I wake up at 6:00AM, I do strength and skill work, eat breakfast, my wife is in college so I have my son, train and long run or sparring in the evenings. It just depends on the day."


He explained how he got started in boxing, "My dad taught me how to defend myself so I wouldn’t get bullied. I had a boxing bag in my house, and I fell in love with the sport. My brother got started before me, and I tagged along over time."


Karl has showed the world that he has several great attributes within his game, he responded by saying, "I think my best attribute is my ability to adjust. I can box on the outside better than people think, but I can fight on the inside as well."


He believes he proved a lot in his PBC debut, "I fought a tough opponent. I showed my ability to adjust, that I won't fold under pressure and I listen to my coach. Lastly, I can go the distance, my fights usually don't go all the rounds, so I showed that I can go the distance if needed."


After being asked what his career highlight was, he said, "My pro debut. I fought in front of the Army in Texas. It was awesome to be able to fight in front of the troops and put on a good show."


Karl had a few boxing heroes growing up, "Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather were all fighters who had pure boxing talent, so I enjoyed watching them. I was also a fan of Rocky!"


This is only the beginning for the 23 year old. To keep up with his career, you can follow him on twitter and Instagram @cowboykarl1.