Martin Wall ready to maul domestic rivals following debut stall
Having seen his debut pushed back three months, Martin Wall is one of many fighters itching to get going this coming Saturday night.
The Crumlin welterweight fights on the Assassin show at the National Basketball Arena where he will finally begin a pro career with a bit of a difference.
Wall enters the game having been an interested and intelligent ringside observer for many years.
A top amateur, the Dub first pursued his college education and now, as a qualified accountant, he enters the murky paid game for the love of the sport rather than a desire to win world titles and life-changing money.
Wall has already stated his desire for near-immediate all-Irish clashes, noting how he has shared the ring – and beaten – a who’s who of current Irish pros.
For now, though, the 25-year-old just wants to get going and Wall will make his bow against Hungarian Zoltan Lepsenyi [1(1)-2(2)].
While the Dubliner is keen to move extremely quick, a relatively gentle introduction to the pros was always expected – although it should be noted that his Magyar opponent will be the bigger man in the ring.
Looking ahead, Wall told Irish-Boxing.com that “I’ve been trying to contain the excitement as I’ve already learned that nothing is guaranteed in this sport until you step in that ring and are facing the opponent but, in truth, I’m absolutely buzzing to get this journey started.”
“I’m genuinely just buzzing to get going, I’ve spent the last couple of years focusing on my academic career and I’ve managed to conquer that so now it’s time to see how far I can go with this boxing game.”
Due to box on the cancelled JB Promotions bill in July, Wall admits that he was left frustrated – albeit only very temporarily.
He recalled how “at first, it was a nightmare, the day I got the news the show was cancelled I went for a few pints out of frustration then took the following day off training.”
“But then I just said ‘f**k it, let’s keep going’ because I had spent 12 weeks training hard and lost the guts of three stone. Basically straight after it fell through I turned the frustration into motivation for the next one.”
“I snapped out of it more or less straight away as I didn’t want to throw away all the hard work I had put in.”
“Camp has been good so far because I feel I had a much better starting point this time around and I’ve already learned lessons regarding the business side of professional boxing. The weight this time around is better and the ring rust was nowhere near as bad as it was when I originally decided to go pro for the last show as I hadn’t fought competitively in over a year.”
Two camps in and soon to have his first fight, Wall is already dreaming of fulfilling his boxing dream of big domestic dust-ups.
A passionate supporter of the small hall scene, the DIT graduate noted how “just the thought that we could potentially see a full show of domestic fights in the next year or so is unbelievable because, after all, I may fight a couple of times of year but for every other day of the year I’m just a massive boxing fan like many others.”
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