St Neots star Tommy Martin out to belt up in Saturday super fight

Tommy Martin celebrates winning the WBA Continental title in September. Picture: LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Tommy Martin celebrates winning the WBA Continental title in September. Picture: LAWRENCE LUSTIG - Credit: Archant

Tommy Martin intends to complete a treble of major titles this Saturday night.

Already the WBA Continental champion, the unbeaten St Neots star challenges John Wayne Hibbert for his Commonwealth and WBC International light welterweight belts in the biggest fight of his blossoming career.

Martin has won all 13 of his previous outings to emerge as one of the hottest new talents in British boxing.

Now the former English champion aims to arrive on the world stage in style by seeing off friend-turned-foe Hibbert at the Copper Box Arena in London and live on Sky Sports.

Martin said: “I cannot wait to get in there and show everyone the best Tommy Martin they have ever seen.

“This fight is going to stand me in good stead for what I believe will be a big year in my career.

“I’ve missed the last two Christmases because I’ve been in training for big fights at the end of January.

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“Last year I got the present I wanted by winning the English title and this year I’m definitely getting what I want again.

“The Commonwealth is one of the most prestigious titles in boxing and the WBC International belt would make me number eight in the world.”

It is being billed as a clash of the generations with 21 year-old Martin entering the ring 10 years younger than his rival.

But there is less of a gulf between the two men - who have sparred more than 100 rounds together in the past - when it comes to experience with Hibbert only having had six more fights than Martin, who also enjoyed a good amateur career.

Martin added: “Some people seem to make a lot of the fact I’m young, but I’m not here for a long time and I’m certainly not here to play games.

“I’m in boxing to win titles, make a great life for myself and get out.

“I know I have the Lord Jesus Christ on my side and he will keep me safe in the ring and I always believe the tools he has given me will make me victorious.”