Walsall lightweight Martin Gethin backed for title shot

Martin Gethin
Gethin is a two-time English champion

Walsall's former English lightweight champion Martin Gethin has been tipped for another major title shot.

Gethin, 27, returns to the ring in his home town on 18 November after more than a year out following back surgery.

"He's convalesced from that now and I believe there's still major, major title potential out of Martin," Gethin's manager PJ Rowson told BBC WM.

"If the right Martin Gethin turns up he could certainly fight for the British title and win it."

Gethin, a former Midlands Area champion, has won the English belt twice.

He knocked out John Fewkes in September 2008 to take the crown but lost his first defence to Scott Lawton three months later.

Gethin set up another shot at the title with a points win over Jason Nesbitt and became English champion for a second time with a unanimous decision over Graeme Higginson in January 2010.

A back injury forced Gethin to vacate the belt and he has not fought since beating Jon Baguley on points in April 2010.

He will make his comeback with a fight against Polish journeyman Arek Malek and Rowson is sure Gethin is hungry to get back into the limelight.

"Yes, of course and it's in Martin's home town so he thrilled to be part of that," Rowson added.

Gethin will be joined on the bill at Walsall Town Hall by Tividale's Jason Welborn, who fights for the Midlands Area welterweight title, and fellow Black Country fighters Steven Pearce and Kyle Spencer.