DUMBARTON boxer Martin Harkin was overjoyed after sealing his first title after beating Jordan Grannum at St Andrew’s Sporting Club’s event at the Radisson Blu Hotel last night.

The 25-year-old convincingly beat the Englishman over eight rounds to win the British Challenge belt, continuing his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer, winning all six fights.

It ends an intensive training camp for the Dumbarton fighter, after his last bout was cancelled in November.

The welterweight hopes he can now look towards bigger titles, as he eyes a shot at a Scottish belt in the near future.

He said: “It's a good title, and hopefully the first of many.

“I was really disappointed as I put a lot of time and effort into it [the November fight] and it really sets you off when you get a fight cancelled.

“But this definitely makes up for it and I think I put in a really good performance and I'm hoping to fight again soon as.

“It's a good stepping stone for me and I'm absolutely delighted to win it after the work I've put in.”

Harkin, who trains at Greenock Boxing Club with his trainers Danny Lee and Grant McAulay, was in control of the fight from the start.

Grannum was on the defensive for most of the eight rounds, and sustained a cut to his nose midway through the fight, bloodying his white shorts.

Harkin also rocked his English opponent in the sixth round with several body blows.

He added: “I hurt him and he was more in the defensive as I bust his nose.

“My trainers Danny Lee and Grant McAulay said if you were struggling to hit him straight on, hook him on the sides.

“So I started switching, and I started picking him - listening to my corner and I was having success and I was able to break him down.

“He was a really good opponent, he's been in with some top prospects and it was a convincing win.”

The Dumbarton fighter ranked it as his top fight so far in his boxing career, since he first started out when he was 10 years old.

Harkin hopes to be back in action in March, as he aims to extend his unbeaten run.

“This is definitely my best win to date.

“I've been promised a really good opportunity in my next fight which is possibly in March.

“I just need to speak to my manager. My main priority in boxing is just to stay active.”

Martin is looking for sponsors, and if you would be interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities, contact Grant McAulay on 07717 495590.