Rising super-lightweight contender Tommy Martin has teamed up and sought inspiration from boxing idol Dave Boy Green and rock band PHOENIX CALLING ahead of his Commonwealth title fight against John Wayne Hibbert.
The opportunity to appear in the lead role of a music video has been a great inspiration for Martin whilst preparing for the big fight. The super-lightweight title bout on the 30th January should be an intriguing match-up between two Essex Boys, but Martin is confident he will “Hold Onto Glory” following a rich run of form recently.
“In my last four fights I’ve knocked three of them out on the big stage. When it comes to the occasion, I rise to it and the longer rounds help because I’m a fitness fanatic.” Martin enthused as he spoke with SKY Sports.
The collaboration between Tommy Martin and Phoenix Calling continues a new-found promotional renaissance between music and the noble art. UK Grime MC Stormzy recently blew away the audience at the Anthony Joshua v Dillian White clash when performing “Shut Up!!” before the Heavyweight clash. PHOENIX CALLING will hope this collaboration will prove just as successful.
“Hold Onto Glory” is an uplifting, vitriolic song which befits this gladiatorial stage.
Rising alt-rock five-piece PHOENIX CALLING have revealed the video to their latest single Hold On To Glory, which was released on Monday 25th January. The track is the fourth to be taken from Phoenix Calling’s debut album Forget Your Ghosts, which came out in April 2015 via The Fort.
Explaining the themes behind the track and video, guitarist/vocalist Dominic Greenwood says:
“Hold OnTo Glory is a song that encompasses challenge over adversity, the will to win and keeping moments of victory close to you; therefore it was deemed that the video should be centered around boxing due to the nature of the sport and how gruelling it is and the amount of personal sacrifice that the boxers make. We chose the theme of the video to be an old boxing legend (Dave Boy Green) and a current hope for the future (Tommy Gunn Martin) with the notion that the old boxing legend is remembering his past and what it took to get him where he was (European Champion and fought for 2 World championships). He is going back to his roots almost where it all began.
Maybe he misses the challenge, blood, sweat and tears of it all and so keeps his victories close to him. The young boxer has it all to come and so the legend is seen imparting advice and almost re-living his thoughts, victories and glory through the new guy, hence the track title “Hold On To Glory”.