Tommy Martin relaxes after winning his first Masters title against Michael Mooney at The Troxy

St Neots Boxer Tommy Martin with the British Masters Bronze belt. Picture: Helen Drake St Neots Boxer Tommy Martin with the British Masters Bronze belt. Picture: Helen Drake

Thursday, May 1, 2014
2:34 PM

Tommy ‘Da Gun’ Martin won his first title fight when he beat Michael ‘Mad Man’ Mooney at The Troxy, Limehouse, in London on Saturday.

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Supported by more than 200 of his ‘Team Gun’ devotees, the St Neots boxer coasted through his ninth professional fight, which was top of a bill of 11 bouts, for the British Masters Welterweight Bronze title. There was a late cancellation by Ashley Mayall, who Martin was originally lined up to fight, just days beforehand – but the new opponent was no match for the Hunts fighter.

“It all changed just a couple of days before the fight,” said the 20-year-old, now back at home in St Neots, nursing a sore hand. “All I knew about Mooney was that I had beat someone in sparring who had beaten him in the ring, so I went into the fight full of confidence.”

It was Martin’s first eight-round fight but he was scored ahead of his 28-year-old opponent in seven of them for a 80-73 points victory.

But he didn’t come through the bout completely unscathed and was in hospital having X-rays on his left hand until the early hours of Monday morning. “The hospital said it was from where I had hit him so many times – from the impact. I haven’t broken it but there is some tissue damage so I have been told I am not allowed to punch anything to two weeks.

“So my short-term plan is spend some time with my family and friends, pick up a Porsche from my sponsors Junction 17 Cars, and enjoy myself.”

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