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Fighter aims to prove his family wrong

Boxer Olly Marple is next in the ring on September 15 at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.
Boxer Olly Marple is next in the ring on September 15 at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

Olly Marple is determined to prove he was right to quit rugby and take up boxing.

Marple says he could have paid the bills playing rugby, but to his family’s dismay he decided to fight instead.

The 21-year-old light-heavyweight, of Newark, has his second professional fight at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium on Saturday, September 15.

Marple, who is due to fight Callum Ide, said: "I played rugby to a good standard.

"I represented North Wales and I could definitely have made a living playing the game — I was good enough.

"But I am not a team player. I found it so frustrating when I played well and the team lost.

"I wanted to do a sport where it all came down to me and if I performed, I won.

"I like to win and did not want to be relying on other people."

Marple, who returned to live in Newark two years ago, said his family would have preferred him to stay in rugby.

"They were not too happy when I told them I was going to box instead," he said.

"My dad always said I had talent and potential as a rugby player and encouraged me."

Marple had only a handful of amateur bouts before turning professional with Newark-based promoter Carl Greaves.

"I had seven amateur fights, but when I started going to Carl’s gym I knew the professionals suited me better," said Marple.

"The rounds are longer and the pace is slower.

"I enjoy training with Carl and decided to take the plunge and learn my trade in the pros."

Marple made a winning debut, outpointing Darren Snow at Newark Showground, and has made changes to his approach since.

"I was moving around with my hands low and getting hit too much," Marple said.

"Carl has got me putting my hands up more — and it does not hurt as much.

"I enjoyed my debut and now I am looking to keep winning and keep climbing."

Tickets for the show in Leicester are available from 07508 822888.

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