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Injured Martin just loses out to Seal in title fight
8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Sport
ESSEX University teenager Callum Martin took on Joshua Seal for the second time in the space of a week.
The 18-year-old beat the Lowestoft Triple A fighter after securing a unanimous points decision in his middleweight bout at Harlow.
And Martin took on Seal again in Norwich for the Eastern Counties title, following a mix-up between officials from opposing associations.
From the opening bell Martin took the fight to Seal, who had been training all week with former club-mate and Olympic medallist Antony Ogogo.
Martin took the centre of the ring and landed with strong left jabs and right hands over the guard of Seal.
It was causing Martin great discomfort as he was suffering with a right hand injury but he continued trying to land punches.
Keeping his work rate up, Martin went after his man in the second with the same fortitude, showing great accuracy of punch and general boxing ability.
This won him the second round and he continued from where he left off, in the final round.
But a heavy blow from Martin landed on Seal’s elbow, making the Essex University boxer’s right hand obsolete for the final one minute of the round.
This caused Martin to hold at times, when he should have been up on his toes flicking the jab out.
The crowd still felt he had done enough but when Seal was given the 3-2 verdict, it was accepted with appreciation of the hard work Seal had put in.
Essex University coach Gordon Charlesworth praised Martin for his resolute attitude, knowing full well he is already champion by default.
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