Martin Wall can’t wait to dive into what he believes is a deep pool of domestic welterweight talent.
The Crumlin BC graduate is finally set to debut on the Rise Again October 6 card at the National Basket Arena and is keen to make a mark as soon as possible.
One of those punchers who is a genuine fan is fully aware that the 147lbs division and the two that sandwich it are, like this Summer, as hot as it gets on these shores.
With nigh on 40 fighters competing around the three weight classes there are manner of derbies to be made and with the introduction of the BUI Celtic title the days of waiting years for all Irish clashes to be made are well gone.
As a genuine fan-although a true rather than keyboard warrior- who has been around the block in the amateur and sparring circuit knows it’s a unique scenario and one he wants to take advantage of.
Wall believes he is as talented as those participating at present and claims he will targeting title fights with champions once some on the job learning is done.
“When I look at the domestic scene right now it’s truly exciting. I’ve been around this sport for 15/16 years now and I can’t recall there ever been such depth to professional boxing in Ireland. I firmly believe I can slot right in there with the best of them at my weight,” Wall told Irish-boxing.com.
“It’s true that a lot of the lads will have a small bit more pro experience than me but I’m happy to learn on the job and aim for a Celtic title within my first 5 fights and the Irish within my first 8,” before all but calling on others to be willing to fight.
“My only issue is will promoters managers be as open to these fights as Jay (Byrne) and I will be.”
A face that will be new to the casual but known to those that frequent gyms and amateur shows certainly doesn’t want to hang around- the fact he is managed by Ireland’s ultimate fight anyone puncher and Celtic Champ at the new fighter’s weight, Jay Byrne, may mean he wouldn’t be allowed to regardless.
Irish-boxing.com believes the 25 year old may debut over six next month, meaning he’d be Celtic title eligible after one pro night.
The welter, who has called boxing his drug and first and foremost has an Irish title ambition, claims he would start in a domestic dust up. That won’t be the case, but he is hoping for a test nonetheless.
“Jay and myself had a chat about this yesterday and while we’re not too fussed about the opponent for the first one, we both agree that starting me off with a challenge is no harm at all. Truth be told I’d make my debut in a domestic dust up if it was offered but I don’t think that makes sense from a business point of view.
“However I would prefer to have an opponent who knows what it’s like to win a fight and I say that with all due respect to the lads who box in the away corner week after week but I’d like someone who doesn’t just come to survive.”