QBL Regional Welterweight title challenger Jon Martin says he is preparing to “shock” champion Anthony Ayinde in his latest title assault, when Martin attempts to become a two-weight Queensbury Boxing League champion on May 14th.
The Bournemouth stylist has been sidelined from competitive action since he upset highly rated challenger ID Hill at the Alexandra Palace in London last March to retain his Regional Light-Welterweight title, but a painful battle at the scales that day convinced him that his future in the sport would be up in the welterweight ranks.
"I had to lose four pounds on the day to make weight. I skipped in front of a radiator for 90 minutes. It was so difficult I nearly cried but I made it and then went out and beat ID Hill!"
Since then, Martin has celebrated the birth of his second child and battled with illness, which curtailed his training, but Martin has had the advantage of being able to train full time for his latest assignment which he feels will only benefit his preparation for the highly anticipated title showdown at the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Park in West Sussex.
"I feel this is the first time I've taken training really seriously. I'm sparring with professionals of the calibre of O'Hara Davies down at House of Pain gym and I'm training up to twelve times a week with good rest in between.
While the 29 year-old is supremely confident about his ability to beat Kingston's Ayinde, he was keen to stress that this is anything but a grudge match.
"There's no malice in this fight. Anthony's really likeable and friendly and we'll be good mates afterwards"
"Having said that, I believe this fight is all about levels. The calibre of opposition I've fought is well above his and although he may be a little bit more powerful, he won't be able to live with my speed and accuracy.
"It may be close but this fight is only going to go one way. My aim on the night is to win every round comfortably and leave no doubt about who the real winner will be"
Martin's challenge to Regional Welterweight Champion Ayinde is just one of a host of huge showdowns taking place on May 14th in the Millennium arena at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel in West Sussex, and for ticket information contact the Box Office on 0203 751 8599