Wedding ring to boxing ring for rising star Coombs

Mark Coombs Pic Mick Young
Mark Coombs Pic Mick Young
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Mark Coombs aims to continue a feel-good period with his latest pro victory after tying the knot.

Coombs is bidding to make it five wins on the bounce since moving into the paid ranks against James Smith in London.

The 25-year-old Portsmouth light-middleweight meets Smith at the Savoy Hotel in the capital tonight, and is focused on maintaining his unbeaten pro record.

That continues a busy period for the fighter known as Kid Kurylak after he married his fiancee Jessica last month.

Coombs wed his bride in St Lucia, where the couple also enjoyed their honeymoon.

But that failed to impact on his preparations for his contest with Smith, as Coombs went about his training while in the Caribbean.

Now he is looking to deliver another impressive showing in what has so far been a promising pro career.

His trainer, Mike Ballingall, is confident Coombs will be ready for the contest.

He said: ‘We are looking at Mark getting another win on the board. He’s had a lot going on recently with him getting married.

‘We took the fight knowing that was happening and Mark was happy to do that.

‘He’s been doing all his training and was doing a lot of running while he was away.

‘Mark was getting up early and doing his hill running in St Lucia each morning, so his mind was still on the fight. ‘Mark always looks after himself and is physically fit, so he is ready and knows what he has to do.’

Coombs has been sparring stable-mates from Ballingall’s gym in readiness for the contest.

That has meant doing rounds with Ryan Moore, Floyd Moore and Liam Griffiths to hone his skills.

Ballingall believes the trio have given Coombs the right preparations to make an impression against Smith in the six-rounder.

He said: ‘Mark has been sparring with the boys in the gym to get ready.

‘We decided to keep things in house because he’s got the right kind of sparring here he needs to be ready for this fight.

‘We want to see Mark go out and put in a good performance.

‘Hopefully he can get his fifth win and we can then push on and have a good 2012.

‘We want to put on a show in Portsmouth early in the new year – with Mark hopefully extending his unbeaten record.’