Brooklynfights.com goes across the pond to catch up with British pro boxer, Martin “The Quiet Man” Gethin (25-7-1). The 5’6” 31 year old super lightweight has held a number of titles throughout his 11 year career, including the IBF International Lightweight Title, and most recently, the BBofC British Lightweight Title.
You held the BBofC British Lightweight Title from January of 2013 until May of 2014, when you lost to Derry Matthews. Just a few months later you challenged Terry Flanagan for it, but weren’t able to reclaim the belt. Tell us about that sequence of events.
I won the British by beating Ben Murphy, then I had an injury from sparring Ricky Burn. Once I got the all clear to box again, I boxed Derry Mathews in his area which was a close fight and with me being the champion it should have gone in my favor. Plus a lot of people including his fans and the most experienced judge had me winning the fight especially as he was holding a lot in the fight. Then I boxed Terry Flannigan–he was a quick and really good boxer. He was wining the fight by his good work rate. I was going to pick it up in later part of the fight like I normally do but then he caught my ear and it went again.
What’s next in pro boxing for Martin Gethin?
What’s next for me is to get my injury sorted because from my last fight with Tommy Coyle, my ears went again which was frustrating as I was winning that fight. I even dropped him in the second round, and just didn’t let him in the fight. I could have finished him in the next round or two. I wasn’t even warmed up.
You have two brothers who are also pro boxers. Tell us about them and how boxing came to be the family business.
My two brothers Darren and Steven got into boxing age 7-8. My dad, Graham, wasn’t a boxer. He was a pigeon flyer which is totally different. My brother got into it because Darren was getting into fights at school. So my dad took him down the gym to keep him out of trouble, then some years down the line I started, at age of 6 and haven’t stopped since.
What’s the single word you’d use to describe your mindset as you’re walking to the ring for a big fight?
Tell us about your time in the amateurs and how that prepared you for pro fights.
I had 75 fights, and I lost more than I won. Not by much but I never really had an amateur style. I boxed in the final of the NABCs–I beat Gary Sykes in the semis and lost to Ryan Barrett in the final. Nerves got the better of me back then. Some fights after, I boxed Frankie Gavin and lost by a nose bleed. That’s really why I went pro, because thought it was a bit daft getting stopped by a nose bleed in boxing and always had a pro style.
What’s the most challenging moment you’ve faced in boxing?
Getting my first loss after 17 fights undefeated by a cut to the head–12 stitches–to Scott Lawton, losing my English title. Then had a trio of defeats and sustained my first injury which was my back. I then came back to win the English back, International Masters, IBF International and British title. All that was my first challenging moments.