Youth world title shot for Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin (left) faces off against Michael Mckinson. Photo: Naomi Youd

by Will Hale 

Professional Boxing is set to make a massive comeback on April 8 at the Oasis when Swindon’s rising welterweight prospect Ryan Martin puts his undefeated record at risk against fellow unbeaten star Michael Mckinson from Portsmouth. The fight will contest the prestigious World Boxing Council Youth Welterweight title and will reward the winner with a world ranking.

Capturing the title would place Martin alongside some of the sport’s biggest names who themselves secured the same honours in the early stages of their careers.

Martin’s opponent Mckinson is a year younger than Ryan at 22 and is the more experienced man having tallied ten contests in his two-year professional career to date. And the Swindon fighter is under no illusions about how tough the ten-round contest will be against his young and skilful southpaw opponent.

“He’s definitely worthy of stepping through the ropes with me. His record tells you everything you need to know.

“I know he is going to prepare diligently and bring the fight.”

In the chief supporting bout, Swindon’s hard-hitting cruiserweight Luke “The Duke” Watkins will be in action over ten rounds.  And Sam “Sniper” Smith will also be returning to action over eight rounds on the card. Smith, a light heavyweight currently unbeaten in three fights, would relish a chance to win local bragging rights against Swindon’s former Champion Kelvin Young who is also set to make a comeback in April.  Tickets for the “Risky Business” boxing event can be purchased at