One of the Army's top boxers has been spending his summer break on international duty in the Far East.

Lance Corporal John Marvin, a light heavyweight based with 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) in Paderborn, Germany, has been called up to represent the Philippines at the Southeast Asian Games.

John Marvin

The current inter-services champion at 81kg qualifies through his mother, who is from the country.

He spoke to us from the Far East ahead of the event getting underway this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - just click above to listen. L/Cpl Marvin said:

"It's massive... It's a great opportunity for me and I'm very proud."

Click below to watch L/Cpl Marvin's fight with Marley Abadom of the Royal Marines at the inter-services last year, when he won best boxer of the night (1"50 onwards)...

He says despite having to adjust to the heat, changing altitudes and the language barrier, he's been getting his head down and enjoying the top-level coaching:

"It's been very intense... The training is very arduous here, very full-on. But it's been second to none."

With 11 nations taking part in boxing at the Games, the British Army man knows he'll have to be on top of his game come the weekend.

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