Bay Village man tutors boxing hopeful

Bay Village resident Tim VanNewhouse, left, with up-and-coming boxer Ryan Martin, who will fight March 18 on HBO. Photo courtesy Chris Farina, K2 Promotions

While Bay Village resident Tim VanNewhouse may have climbed out of the boxing ring undefeated back in 2007, his love for boxing never did. Now he is using his boxing skills to manage young fighters climbing the pro ranks.

VanNewhouse, the married father of three and husband to Parma school teacher Nicole, will be ringside at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 18, when his latest protégé, 24-year-old WBC Lightweight Continental Americas Champion Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, with a professional record of 17-0 with 10 by knockout, takes on local fan favorite Bryant “Pee Wee’ Cruz, 17-1 with eight KO’s.

The fight will be featured on the undercard of the world middleweight championship between unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, (32-1, 29 KO’s). The event will be shown live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m.

While in middle school in Cleveland, VanNewhouse began boxing at the Kronk Gym, winning a number of amateur titles, including the Cleveland Golden Gloves. He competed all over the country as an aspiring Olympian, but after coming up short in the Olympic trial qualifiers, he decided to turn professional.

He made his debut in 2007, under the tutelage of 2016 Ohio’s trainer of the year Joe Delguyd, stopping his opponent in just two rounds. According to reports his career looked promising, but VanNewhouse hung up the gloves when Nicole got pregnant with their now 8-year-old daughter and joined the United States Air Force. He served as a medic at the Air Force Academy and spent his free time assisting the coaching staff of the Air Force boxing team.

After being honorably discharged, he continued his education at Cleveland State University and decided to pursue a career in promoting and managing fighters, which was a longtime dream of his. Now he teaches what he learned in the school of hard knocks.

“I’ve known Ryan Martin since he was 10,” VanNewhouse said. “I met him at an after-school boxing program in Chattanooga. He didn’t have much of a home life; the program’s directors and students ultimately became his family. When he was a young boy, he would come over my house and I would tell my wife that he was going to be a champion someday. It’s surreal because I told her I’d love to manage him when that happens. He was such a special kid. He won everything at that time and the media followed him everywhere.”

Martin was a standout amateur with hopes to compete in the Olympics, but, like his manager VanNewhouse, he failed to qualify. He lost a decision to the now current IBF World Champion Robert Easter and opted to turn professional. He called VanNewhouse and they've been together ever since.

The upcoming fight on HBO is an amazing opportunity for both Martin and VanNewhouse.

“This is a showcase fight to show the world why Ryan is considered one of the best up-and-coming prospects,” VanNewhouse said. “We are still in the growth and development stage with him at this point so he’s being afforded the time to properly mature. But he’s got the goods to be on this platform. He may have four or five fights until he fights for the world championship, maybe more.”

VanNewhouse stressed he would not like to see either of his sons get into the fight game. “I do not want them to have the challenges that boxers face,” he said. “I felt like I had to fight for everything in the sport. I went through a lot of adversity in my life, but I persevered. I work hard every day to make sure my boys don’t have to feel the way I did. I’m just trying my best to give them a better head start in life.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017