Walsall boxer, Martin Gethin, prepared for his forthcoming IBF Final Eliminator at Walsall Town Hall by meeting the Mayor of Walsall and uncovering the history behind the building where the crucial bout will take place.
The British Lightweight Champion faces Ammeth Diaz in final showdown on Friday, 31st May with the winner earning the right to face current IBF Lightweight Champion, Miguel Vazquez.
During a break from his training routine 29 year-old Gethin called into the town hall to meet the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Dennis Anson.
They chatted about the fight and were filmed for BoxNation, who are showing the fight live and exclusive on their channel (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com.
"I really enjoyed meeting Martin and finding out more about him and how important this fight is for him both personally as a Walsall lad and professionally,” said the Mayor, Cllr. Dennis Anson. "The fact we have a Walsall boxer headlining an event at Walsall Town Hall makes it extra special and I would like to wish Martin the best of luck."
On Saturday, Gethin took part in an open training session at the Saddlers Shopping Centre and is enjoying the whole build up towards fighting in his home town.
"It was a privilege to meet the Mayor and I’m really proud and honoured to have his support,” he added. “I love boxing at Walsall Town Hall. It’s where I was crowned British Champion and it’s a special venue. The atmosphere is electric.”
Tickets for the town hall fight cost £40 or £75 for ringside seats. The bill also features Walsall’s Chris Keane, Stafford’s Grant Cunningham, Wolverhampton’s Dezzie Bowater and West Bromwich’s Tom Stokes.
Tickets, priced at £40 and £75 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. Doors will open at 6pm and boxing will commence at 6.30pm.
Gethin versus Diaz is being promoted by Frank Warren in association with NEWOB Promotions.