Newark's Olly Marple, trained by Carl Greaves, set for ring return in Leicester after overcoming injury
Olly Marple is back in the ring next week after overcoming the injury that left him fearing his boxing career was over.
Manager Carl Greaves has matched Marple with Ryan Hibbert on his show in Leicester a week on Saturday.
For the Newark light-heavyweight it will be his first fight since a four-round points win over Raimonds Sniedze two years ago because of hand problems.
Marple said: “There was a time when the specialist told me: ‘I’m not sure what else we can do for you’ and the thought of not boxing again was driving me mad.
“I was all over the place for a while when I thought my boxing career was over. I’ve tried just about every other sport, but boxing is my passion.
“I love the fact you can’t hide in the ring, that it’s all down to you, and that really drives you on.
“It was a nightmare, but in the end my hand got sorted and I’ve been back in the gym for three months now.
“I’ve travelled around getting top sparring. I sparred the world bareknuckle boxing champion (Ricardo Franco) who must be the fittest person I’ve ever met. He’s pushed me really hard and now I can’t wait to get back in the ring again.”
Marple has made a punch-perfect start to his professional career, winning all eight rounds he’s boxed.
He said: “I’m hoping to box twice by the end of the year and then push on in 2022. I’m hoping that by this time next year I will be close to a shot at the Midlands Area title.”
The show at the Morningside Arena also features the return of Newark’s Tom Cowling.