Army Boxer John Marvin is back in the gym weeks after winning gold at the Southeast Asian Games competing for the Philippines.

The soldier, who serves with the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, took top honours in Malaysia competing in the light heavyweight division.

John Marvin Southeast Asian Games gold medal

Having represented England in the past, the Lance Corporal was given the chance to box for the country of his mother's birth in the recent tournament.

He says it was too good an opportunity to turn down, especially for a fighter with future Olympic ambitions.

"Not many people get the opportunity to represent another country, so I grasped it with both hands."

"It was very nerve-wracking - there’s 11 counties in south east Asia, the largest continent in the world.

"I was ready to take on whatever was put in front of me."

For Army boxing head coach Staff Sergeant Jason Browring, seeing Marvin switch from boxing for England, where chances to shine may be limited, to the Philippines is a wise move as it could fast track the 81kg man onto the Olympic stage.

John Marvin training

Marvin said of his progress:

"I boxed [a fighter from] Thailand, the gold medalist from the 2013 South East Asia Games. He was a very tough guy.

"The next day we boxed the host country, Malaysia. There was a lot of nerves there, but we managed to take him out rapidly.

"My ultimate goal is to qualify for the Olympics and become an Olympic gold medalist, but also gaining experience on the Army boxing team."

With his next international outing some time away, Marvelous Marvin returns to box in Army colours boosted by his memories in Malaysia.

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