St Neots boxer Tommy Martin gunning for English title in O2 Arena bout

St Neots fighter Tommy Martin is the new English light-welterweight champion.

St Neots fighter Tommy Martin is the new English light-welterweight champion. - Credit: Archant

Tommy Martin insists his preparations have gone perfectly to plan ahead of the biggest night of his blossoming career.

The rising St Neots star – winner of all 10 previous outings - steps into the ring live on Sky Sports television on Saturday, January 31, to fight for the English light-welterweight crown.

Martin, 20, faces the older and more experienced Ricky Boylan for the vacant strap at the O2 in London and couldn’t be happier with fight night beginning to loom large on the horizon.

He could even afford to make a last visit to see family and friends in St Neots last weekend.

“I wouldn’t normally have come home so close to a fight,” said Martin. “But we are absolutely flying in the training camp.

“The sparring has been great, I’m the fittest I’ve ever been and feeling more confident than I have ever done going into a fight.

“I’m fully in fight mode now and I just can’t wait to get under those lights at the O2 on the 31st.

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“Everything happens for a reason and I feel this fight is mine to lose. The best thing is that there is absolutely no pressure on me whatsoever. “Boylan is doing a lot of talking and on social media he looks like a man who is massively rattled. I couldn’t care less if I’ve got under his skin.

“I’ve done nothing but speak the truth throughout the build up to this fight and that is what I’m continuing to do.”

Boylan, from Surrey, suffered the first defeat of his career and lost the English title to another Cambridgeshire fighter, Tyler Goodjohn on the same October bill at the O2, in which Martin forced the seventh round stoppage of Matty Tew in an eliminator.

But the belt is back up for grabs after Goodjohn immediately vacated it.