Ryan Karl (15-1, 9 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over Kareem Martin (9-2-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round battle of junior welterweight prospects during the opening bout of the PBC on FS1 card on Friday, November, 17, 2017 from Dort Federal Credit Union Center in Flint, Michigan.
Martin had success early on walking Karl down and landed a powerful looping right hand combined with a left hook midway through the first round that staggered his opponent. But Karl set the tone for the fight by shaking off that attack and stalking forward on his own in an exciting opening frame.
Karl increased his work rate after the first two rounds, consistently using the jab and throwing right hands mixed in with body shots. Martin stayed in the pocket throughout but was too easy to hit as Karl got the better of much of the action in the middle of the ring.
In the final round, Karl seemed to have more left in the tank as he buzzed Martin with a right hand that slowed his opponent and helped him