Karl makes professional debut Friday

‘Cowboy’ part of Golden Boy live series on Fox

Ryan Karl will be part of the Alamodome event. Ryan Karl will be part of the Alamodome event. SAN ANTONIO—Ryan Karl has heard the bell in the next round of his boxing career.

The 22-year-old Milano native will be making his pro debut on the Golden Boy Live Series, April 18, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The event—where pro bouts begin at 5:30 p.m.—will be televised on Fox Sports One and Fox Deportes.

Karl has been competing in national competition with USA Boxing since age 11 out of Cowboy Boxing Club in Cameron.

With hopes of making the Olympic team in the past, Karl believes perfect circumstances dictated he move into the professional ranks.

“I just felt that it was time to take the next step and make the best decision for my family and I,” he said. “Especially with some of the top people in boxing interested in me such as Al Haymon, Golden Boy, Leija Battah promotions, and of course the opportunity to train with Ronnie Shields.

Karl, who married wife Madison last July and are expecting a baby boy this July, ultimately made the decision to transition to life as a professional boxer after a lot of discussion and prayer with his team.

“Just following my dream.”

The red-headed Karl— who will face James Burns of Dallas—is being promot- ed as a “fan favorite” on the event poster.

“The training camp for this fight has been great,” he said. “I feel stronger then ever, I have had the best sparring a fighter could ask for.

The 5-foot-10, 140-pound Karl competes in the light welterweight division.

Through the years of showing up to competition in his boots and hat with Milam County red dirt he became known as “Cowboy” and that kickname has become part of his ring name as he makes his debut.

Karl—who fights in the 145-pound class—has many accomplishments as an amateur.

He has won titles such as, South Texas Champion, Silver medalist Texas State Championships, Austin and San Antonio Golden Gloves champion, Bronze medal in Texas State Golden Gloves, Bronze medalist in 2012 Olympic trial qualifier, Ringside World Cham- pionship, Games of Texas Champion, Houston Open National Champion.

He finished his amateur career as a Bronze medalist in the 2013 USA National Championships, ranked as number three in the nation in the elite men 141-lb division.

Karl has signed with the most experienced advisor in boxing, Al Haymon

Karl has been coached by his father, Darrel through the years. However, moving into professional boxing both wanted to add someone with professional experience.

Hall of Fame trainer, Ronnie Shields, will be the professional trainer added to the team.

To meet the increased demands of the sport, Karl will gain his professional fitness and strength training through Plex gym in Sugarland where he relocated.

Cut man, Creed Fountain completes the team.

“It is a blessing to have this team from the very beginning of Ryan’s career,” said father Darrell. “These men are the best in the business and will no doubt guide him on his road to becoming a world champion.

“Ryan contributes his ability to be successful to God, his family, and all of the Milam County support he has had that made it possible for him to pursue his dream and develop his talent,” Darrell Karl said. “We are forever grateful.”

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