Sheffield boxer wants title as birthday present

Mosborough's Sam Matkin with Dennis Hobson
Mosborough's Sam Matkin with Dennis Hobson

Mosborough’s Sam Matkin has his cake - he just hasn’t been allowed to eat any of it!

Tomorrow’s Dennis Hobson boxing show at the Octagon put the 22-year-old boxer into the unfortunate position of having his birthday on the Monday of this week, five days before his scheduled eight-round challenge for the vacant British Masters (Bronze) lightweight title.

With heavy restrictions on what a fighter can eat as he bids to make weight, Matkin has been on a diet of shakes, broccoli and lean turkey.

The sacrifice is not that much of a problem, though, for a lightweight with big aspirations.

He continued to box whilst avoiding the temptations of University student-lifestyle.

He said: “Lee Connelly in our gym has been offered decent fights and if ever those sort of opportunities come up I want to be available - so I have to win this next fight and also get the rounds in.

“The date of the Octagon show got moved so we had to alter our training around that.

“It’s the longest camp I’ve had but I’m feeling very sharp” said Matkin, who has won his first six pro fights.

“I want to get to the area titles and English titles and this is the next step on the way.”

Matkin takes on another unbeaten prospect in Sunderland’s Lee Mould (Won 4 record) and tops the show which has been called ‘The Graduate’. It’s centred around Matkin’s achievement of getting a law degree at Huddersfield University and he wants to match the achievements of promotional stablemates Lewis Taylor (Dronfield) and Jamie Sampson (Sheffield.)

“We all signed with Dennis at the same time and they have had more fights than me but I feel I’m just as good a prospect,” added Matkin.

“I know that it’s only a small show and for a Masters title but I’m honoured to be top of a bill and it will be very nice to take a belt home with me.”