U.S. Army veteran John Franklin shows off trademark speed outside of Colorado.  March 16 2015

U.S. Army veteran John Franklin (10-0-0, 4 KOs) first fight outside of Colorado at the Fists of the Fighting Irish pro boxing event at the Jersey City Armory this past weekend.

Before the fight he was caught saying, ”When you're not in the (Colorado) elevation you get to work a lot harder because it's easier to breathe. But I work hard regardless, I'm ready for anything.”

During the main event, U.S. Army veteran John Franklin (10-0-0, 4 KOs) showed off the trademark speed that made him an amateur boxing standout. The Colorado Springs resident was a blur in the ring, but he still tied Josh Crespo (3-3-2, 1 KO) of New Haven, Connecticut in a WBU featherweight title fight.

”He's absolutely ready. He's a very accomplished amateur. And (with his) transition to pro, he's doing real good," said Greg Sorentino, Franklin's trainer and manager.

[NJ.com, update]