Mainwaring Extends His Unbeaten Run To Three Consecutive Victories
Friday 9th September 2016 @ 10:13 by Mark Phillip
Sports

Professional boxer Matthew Mainwaring has extended his unbeaten record to three consecutive victories.

The 26-year-old beat Liam Griffiths on a points decision at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester.

A former midfielder for Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde United, Mainwaring swapped the pitch for the ring in November 2014.

Since making the transition just under two years ago, Mainwaring has been taken under the wing of former European Welterweight Champion, Matthew Hatton.

Previously ranked number six in the UK at welterweight, Hatton has been a real driving force behind Mainwaring’s success.

Prior to his most recent fight, Mainwaring spoke to Reporter Sport about his short, but fruitful, journey in the sport. “It’s always been my dream to box competitively” he said.

“If you said to me two years ago that I’d be involved in two professional fights, I wouldn’t have believed you, so it’s fantastic.”

Mainwaring extended his dream start to life in the ring with victory over Griffiths, who was described as a ‘really tough opponent’.

Reflecting on the fight, Mainwaring said: “I’m over the moon with the result.

“I had a good training camp and worked my socks off to get the result I wanted.

“In the last two fights I clashed heads with my opponents. I was cut in my first fight, then suffered a bit of a shiner in my second.

“I didn’t pick any injuries up in this fight though.”

Griffiths, who has competed in 71 bouts to date, posed a slightly different challenge for Mainwaring. He explained: “I won every round, but he was a southpaw, and I’ve not really got much experience in boxing full stop, let alone against a southpaw fighter.

“It was a different experience, but like I’ve always said, you’ve got to adapt to what you’re confronted with and adapt quickly at that.

“There are certain shots which work better against a southpaw and certain ways of approaching the fight which are different to that of an orthodox fighter.

“We had to change things up a little bit from the last fight and use a different approach.

“We had a really good game plan which worked well on the night.”

Having made it three consecutive victories, Mainwaring is chomping at the bit to make it four out four.

And with his next fight booked for October 1, the former Stockport County man doesn’t have too long to wait. “Matthew called me a couple of days after the fight and offered me another opportunity to fight again at the start of October.

“My opponent hasn’t been confirmed yet, but I imagine it will be confirmed in the next couple of days.”

Unaware of who his opponent will be, does Mainwaring have a particular strategy when it comes to training?: “Every opponent is different, so it’s difficult to actually prepare for a certain style” he said.

“This is the reason you have to work all around the board and why you spar against different types of fighters.

“Like I said, you have to adapt and adapt quickly, but this is what boxing is all about.

“The best boxers, like the Mayweather’s, have made a career out of adapting to what’s in front of them and adapting accordingly and coming through it.”

Mainwaring was once again backed by a hardcore contingent of family and friends at his previous fight, which he described as ‘out of this world’. He added: “As far as I’m concerned, my support was outstanding at Bowlers.

“The amount of people that came down and got behind me just blew me away, and the majority of that support – 110 people – came out together, so it was fantastic to see.

“I posted some content on social media as soon as I found out I’d be fighting again, and I’ve had a big response from that.

“Every fight brings a new challenge so people are curious.”

Mainwaring is competing at Lancashire Cricket Club on Saturday 1 October, alongside Glossop’s Adam Hague.

For more information regarding tickets, you can contact him on Twitter: @Matty_Main