For years, the stables of Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren dominated the televised British boxing world. Only the lucky few made it to the point of being able to describe themselves ‘regular television fighters’, with the majority settling for the small hall and leisure centre shows that take place across the country every weekend.
Fast-forward to 2017, and a host of television networks are chomping at the bit to secure regular boxing on their channel. A golden opportunity for young fighters. But an opportunity that must be seized with both hands.
Enter Adrian Martin…
A spate of good performances, noticed by the right people, can send an unknown small hall fighter catapulting onto televised bouts and into waters of exposure that every money and career driven boxer yearns.
David Allen’s 30-second knockout victory in a chance Matchroom outing in Hull at the beginning of the year, and the resulting ‘Rise of The White Rhino’, springs to mind as the storyline that every fighter in boxing obscurity dreams.
The same story could well be unfolding for 6-0 Super Welterweight prospect, Adrian. In what will be his third fight since July, Martin talks exclusively to FightTalk.net about his opportunity fighting on the undercard of GB Olympian, Joe Joyce’s professional debut at the Indigo O2, live on Freeview TV.
‘’It’s really exciting boxing on such a big platform. As a small hall fighter it’s rare to get this kind of opportunity but Steve [Goodwin] has done a fantastic job getting us lads on there.’’
The 25-year-old has wasted no time in 2017. With three victories and the International Challenge Belt added to his fledgling resume, Martin hopes for the perfect end to the year… A knockout performance on a televised Hayemaker card.
‘’For me it’s a chance to really kick start my career on a more public scale where I’m being viewed by not just my friends and family but casual boxing fans at home as well.’’
‘’It’s nice to be given a platform that is reaches all the casual fans and for a change it’s not just boys from the Warren or Matchroom stable [on the bill].’’
A quick turnaround from his last outing on 7th October, the Ingatestone man described the care taken by himself and his team to make ensure an optimal performance on his biggest stage to date.
‘’Camp has been good, quite relaxed because I’m boxing again so soon after fighting it feels like the camp never stopped.’’
Plying his trade under long-time coach and friend, Joey Taylor at the Oxo Gym in Ongar, Martin was quick to attribute his success to his mentor.
‘’I couldn’t ask for a better coach. Joe looked after me as an amateur and has transformed boxing for me. As a pro I am confident that Joe will take me as far as I’m able and bring the best out of me.’’
Goodwin promotions have been everywhere of late. From putting on unforgettable nights of boxing at York Hall, to ensuring fighters are given the best opportunities possible in boxing, Steve Goodwin and co. have reinforced their claim as one of the best promotional outfits in the UK.
Reliability breeds trust. As Martin spoke about his manager and team, I got the impression that a close knit unit was to be the key for future success. The 6’0 154lbs hopeful spoke with a certain quip of maturity as he gave his forecast for the next 12 months.
‘’There are a few fights I’d like but for now I trust in my manager and he will guide me to where I need to be! When the title or the money is right then I know it will be time to call people out.’’
‘’I’ll be having a break for personal reasons but look to come back with an exciting fight in summer 2018. Then the quest for titles begins!’’
An evening showcasing the finest developing professional talent in the UK and televised to the masses on Dave, Joe Joyce vs Ian Lewison perplexed certain factions on the boxing community when announced. In a bout which sees the Rio 2016 silver medallist a heavy favourite, the amateur pedigree and ‘one bang’ power of Lewison have been circled as possible snags that could potentially derail the dream Joyce/Hayemaker beginning. Giving his prediction, Martin echoed the consensus of the plaudits, hailing Joyce and his boxing ability.
‘’Lewison is dangerous for the first 5 rounds. That can always throw a spanner in the works, but I favour Joe Joyce due to his extensive amateur background and years spent as a paid amateur at Team GB. He’s had access to training that fighters can only dream about!’’
Come 20th October, the background won’t matter. Their paths into the professional game may differ vastly, but Joe Joyce and Adrian Martin share the same dream and will be fighting on the same hallowed stage. Two fledgling pugilists, ready to break the ‘Boxnation or Sky’ mould which has been carved into normality over recent years.
The Hayemaker card at the Indigo O2 throws up many intriguing questions. ‘How will Haye perform as a promotor?’ ‘Is Ian Lewison a step to far for Joe Joyce’s debut?’ ‘How will Willy Hutchison fair?’
All other questions aside. Saturday morning the only question on the boxing publics lips will be ‘When is Adrian Martin fighting next and how can I get tickets?’.
Catch the action live on Dave, from 9pm on 20th October.
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Written by Tom Humber