Midland boxing champ hoping to pack a punch

ginna3Midlands middleweight boxing champion Matt Martin is hoping to bring a bit of added punch to the Khalsa midfielder after a spell away from the game chasing pugilistic pursuits.

The former Halesowen Town, Gornal Athletic, Dudley Town and Tipton midfielder actually turned out for Ian Rowe’s side at the start of last season before opting to concentrate on his boxing, progressing to be undefeated Midlands champion.

With one more fight on the horizon – a shot at the national title against Michael Buckthorpe at the Platinum Plaza in Old Hill on November 28 – ‘Ginna’ has decided the time is right to get back into football.

He said: “It just feels the right time to be back playing football again. I love boxing and I’ve achieved more than I imagined I would do. I’m the current Midlands champion and will be challenging for the English title at the end of the month.

“But football’s my first love. It’s in my heart and I’m delighted to be at Sporting Khalsa with Rowey and the lads. It’s going to be really challenging to break into the side after so taking a break from the game as there’s some fantastic midfielders around the squad.

“Obviously football and boxing take a lot of commitment in terms of training, so you can only really do one. Thankfully, my missus really supports me in whatever I choose to do, thankfully now she only has muddy boots and bruises on my legs to worry about!

“I’m just buzzing and can’t wait to get going. The time away has made me even more hungry than ever and I can’t wait to be part of the Sporting Khalsa journey.”