Tommy Martin wants to bring home title to St Neots

Tommy Martin and Ricky Bolan at the weigh-in.

Tommy Martin and Ricky Bolan at the weigh-in. - Credit: Archant

St Neots puncher Tommy Martin went head-to-head with English title rival Ricky Boylan this lunchtime (Friday) on the eve of their big televised fight.

The two men faced off at the weigh-in ahead of their O2 Arena showdown as part of the Capital Punishment bill in London tomorrow (Saturday).

And 20-year-old Martin, unbeaten in 10 previous fights, continues to ooze confidence ahead of the biggest night of his career.

Martin said: “I’ve sparred 152 rounds in the build-up to this fight. We’ve been flying in the gym and just got to take that to the ring.

“I’m sick of hearing that I’m a baby and too young to take his fight.

“Boxing is about level and age has nothing to do with it. If you’re good enough you’re old enough.

“Hand on heart I believe I will beat him and all I want to do is bring the title back to St Neots for all my friends and family.”

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But older and more experienced opponent Boylan is also talking up his chances of glory.

It is the Surrey fighter’s second crack at the English belt after being beaten by Tyler Goodjohn back in October on the same O2 bill as Martin stopped Matty Tew in a title eliminator.

Boylan said: “I’ve boxed at a better level than him and he will realise that on Saturday night.

“I’m not saying he is a bad fighter because he is a good kid, but I just think this fight is too soon for him.

“Matty Tew put him over with a body shot and I am a stronger guy than Matty and a good body puncher.

“Tommy put in a good performance in that fight, but no disrespect to Matty but he didn’t perform that well, and against me he’s going to be in the ring with someone who really wants it.”

Bookmakers make Boylan a slight favourite at 10/11. Martin is generally priced around the 11/10 mark.