John Marvin Southeast Asian Games win

One of the British Army's top boxers has taken gold at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

Lance Corporal John Marvin needed less than 30 seconds to finish off his Malaysian opponent, Adli Hafidz Mohd Pauzi, in Kuala Lumpur.

The 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment soldier was competing in the light heavyweight category for the Philippines, who he qualifies to represent through his mother.

 

Lance Corporal Marvin told Forces News:

"Straight away [I aimed] to just get in there and do the business. We've been training a long time for this.

"I couldn't be happier. I've got my family out here, I've had the support from the battalion and the regiment behind me and the British Army boxing team and I can't thank them enough."

The inter-services champion at 81kg, who's based in Paderborn, Germany, has been spending his summer break at the tournament in the Far East.

John Marvin Southeast Asian Games win

After the fight, the 24-year-old told local reporters he felt privileged and proud to represent the Philippines in the competition.

 

His win comes despite having to adjust to the heat, changing altitudes and the language barrier.

More - No Rest For The Wicked: Top Army Boxer's Summer Tour To Far East

Photography courtesy of PSC-POC Media.

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