Nick 'Bang Bang' Blackwell defends his title vs. undefeated Elliott Matthews
By way of Dog House Boxing (Nov 2, 2015)
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The middleweight title fight, scheduled for 12 rounds, tops a bill that also includes appearances from Hughie Lewis Fury, Craig Kennedy, Young Fury and Yusuf Safa, as well as local lads Duane Winters, Dan Sarkozi, Lee Nutland, Ashley Lane, Ryan Wheeler, Liam Hunt and Tim Cutler.
Challenger Elliott Matthews is unblemished in 16 professional fights, boasts a record of 15-0-1 (9 KOs), and is the current Southern Area middleweight champion. The 34-year-old hails from Watford and boxed as an amateur for both Repton and Callowland amateur boxing clubs.
Since turning pro in January 2012, Matthews has barely put a foot wrong. He won the Southern Area middleweight title in September 2013 with a 10-round decision win over Gary Boulden, and then successfully defended it five months later against Diego Burton.
Known as 'The Knockout King', Matthews has heavy hands, an all-action style and has knocked out three of his last four opponents. He is also the third southpaw opponent Blackwell will have faced in a row.
The champion Blackwell, meanwhile, snared the Lonsdale belt back in May with a stunning seventh-round stoppage of John Ryder at a sold-out O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The 24-year-old then followed that breakout performance with a highlight-reel knockout of unbeaten challenger Damon Jones in July. Such results have quickly earmarked 'Bang Bang' as one of the most exciting and watchable fighters in the country.
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