St Neots’ boxer Tom Martin begins his professional countdown

ST Neots boxer Tom Martin has three fights left before he turns professional - and will end his amateur career with a bout at The Corn Exchange in St Ives on Saturday, June 9.

St Ives’ Boxing Club’s 18-year-old captain beat Ryan Kelly of Solihull on a majority decision last week and now his coach Steve Whitwell is planning for the future.

“He has three fights in the next three weeks with his last on home soil on June 9,” he told The Hunts Post.

“He’s more suited to the professional game – he has worked his way up through the ranks and is now club captain. He sold about 80 tickets for the last show.

“Tommy lives and breathes boxing and the chances are he will go with a manager from London.”

At the same show, 15-year-old Martin Rooney continued his progress with another great win – a unanimous decision over Chalveden ABC’s Nick Tipler.

Rooney was given the decision by all of the judges despite suffering a nosebleed against his fellow junior ABA quarter finalist. “It was a great display of masterful counterpunching,” said Whitwell.

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George Martin, Tom’s 13-year-old brother, was also on the bill. Making his club debut against Allcomers’ Frazer Unwin, the youngster ended up chasing the fight and hitting his opponent’s gloves with too many punches. The judges’ decision went against him. Brothers Scott and Dan Pepper were also beaten in their latest contests.

Meanwhile, senior boxer Ryan Robinson maintained his unbeaten record while giving away age and experience to Hanwell’s Dan Botean.

“It was easily Ryan’s hardest contest to date,” said Whitwell. “Ryan was left bleeding heavily from the nose and he needed a big last round to remain unbeaten.

“That is exactly what we got and he really turned on the style.”

Mat Cable beat Boston’s Dave Bagley in his masters’ bout before Martin stole the show with his top-of-the-bill performance.

The first of Martin’s three remaining amateur fights is this Friday. He will face Sehraan Hussain in Nottingham.