'I'll be back with a bang' vows Martell
PUBLISHED: 06:00 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:26 23 June 2018
Big-hitting Norwich fighter Iain Martell has had two fights, two wins and broken his right hand both times... but insists there will be no holding back when he steps into the ring again.
Martell – 28 next week – is a former star of the MMA hexagon who made the move into pro boxing last summer.
His first paid punch broke a bone on his hand and when it happened again in November it forced Martell into a frustrating game of patience.
But the waiting game is over and Martell will fight at The Halls in Norwich on July 28.
“It has been unfortunate,” he said. “When I threw that first punch I fractured a metatarsal in my hand. I didn’t know I had done it, I carried on firing away and got the stoppage in the third round, which was good, but it was not what we wanted.
“I rushed it a little bit and then it was a fracture – I had time out, it has healed well in good condition and my hand is 100pc.”
The million dollar question is whether or not the injuries are a thing of the past.
“In the back of my head there is a small part of me that warns me to watch my hand, but it is all about instinct,” said Martell.
“I fight on instinct. I always go out there to finish my man in front of him so there will be no holding back in July. I have never been a boring fighter and I never will be, it is not in my nature. I am there to kill or be killed and while I am learning my craft in boxing, learning the finer details, I am there to fight.
“The break has been a real knock-back but a blessing in disguise – I have worked on things I didn’t have time to work on before and I feel I am a better fighter because of it. It doesn’t matter what they are or who they are, they will get all of me.”
The ring absence may have delayed Martell’s ambitions, but he is keen to move up to the level of some of his Norwich stablemates.
“I am not in it to make up the numbers,” he said. “Look at our stable in Norwich – Sam Sexton has been in some huge fights, Billy Bird is Southern Area champion, Liam and Ryan Walsh are two of the most-avoided fighters in the UK, I want a piece of the pie. I refuse to sit on the sidelines – I will not. My time will come and I will be ready for it.”