The Usual Suspects – Results

Matt Sen claimed the British Cruiserweight Title in only his fourth professional fight on Saturday evening.

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Matt Sen captures the British Cruiserweight Challenge Title on 7th July 2018

 The 30 year-old, who made his professional just debut 12 months ago, came back from the brink to defeat Wolverhampton’s Josh Burke in dramatic style on at The Venue, Dudley, on BCB Promotions’ ‘Usual Suspects’ show.

 After a cagey opener, Burke found his rhythm. Working off a strong jab, the 32 year-old couldn’t miss with his right hand catching Sen with a number of well-timed shots. He continued to box with confidence in the third and there appeared to only be one winner.  

 However, that all changed in a split second. Midway through the fourth, Burke stalked Sen with his guard lowered. Sen hit back with peach of a right to the chops which dazed Burke and, after an onslaught of clubbing right hands, referee Kevin Parker waved off the contest. Sen had just enough energy to raise his hands in victory as he dug deep to claim the win, the belt, and maintain his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer.

Elsewhere, Kirstie Bavington bounced back from a draw on her debut to claim a close 39-38 victory over Irish debutant, Elaine Greenan

Bavington grabs her first win

whilst fellow Richie Ghent trained fighters Josh Miller, Connor Lee Jones and Danny Ball all claimed points victories over Lewis Van Poetsch, Kristian Laight and Danny Little respectively.

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Impressive victory for Danny Ball

Finally, Daryl Pearce made a winning start to life in the paid ranks as he overcame Plymouth’s Mohamed Mahmoud 39—37.

A link to all fights can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/UKOBoxing

Davies Confident Ahead of ‘Stokin’ The Fire.’

Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies reckons Rob Hunt is his ticket to glory as the two get set to clash in a title tussle on Friday.

They will slug it out for the eight-round British Challenge welterweight title at the Kings Hall in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday, 13th July.

It will serve as the main event of Errol Johnson’s Black Country Boxing Promotions offering, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Stoke who host the weigh-in at 1.00pm tomorrow (Thursday).

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‘Rhino’ in action against MJ Hall

Davies, aged 25, will slug it out for a strap he won in April, outpointing MJ Hall. He’s racked up five wins from five bouts as a boxer, all over-the-distance.

The former kickboxer, from Tividale in the Black Country remains involved in his former calling, too, and still works as an instructor at Oldbury’s School of Black Belts.

He’s registered for the sweet science ‘Stewart Davies’, using his middle name as his first name as there’s another Ryan Davies in the paid ranks.

His next test is former Midlands champion Hunt, from Stafford, a 12-year pro who started in kickboxing himself.

The 32-year-old will box for the 32nd time, looking for a 25th win. He’s been beaten five times and has drawn twice.

Davies reckons the winner of the contest between them will go on to box for the Midlands welterweight crown Hunt held in 2015.

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‘Rhino’ is determined that will be him as he’s fast-tracked towards titles, with Hunt in make-or-break territory for his own ambitions.

Davies said: “I was in the gym training one morning when Errol told me ‘I’ve got you a title fight in July, it’s against Rob Hunt.’ I took it there and then.

“I’d heard of him, but I didn’t know that much about his career. I looked down his record and it’s a long one, with some good opponents and belts in there.

“I want to move quickly in boxing and this is the perfect opportunity to do that. Hunt got a ton on experience and would be a good scalp for me.

“I’ve watched a lot of Hunt on YouTube, I know what he’s going to bring to the table and I’ve got my game-plan together.

“I think work rate will be key between us, I’ve got to get around that good jab of his and in close where I can do the most damage.

“I’m fully confident that I’ll win, I wouldn’t have took the fight otherwise. I’m not going to roll over for anyone, I’m ambitious and I want success.”

Tickets, priced at £35 standard and £60 VIP ringside, are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Ryan on 07904 180 204. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers on Facebook.

Sen shines bright in the heat of battle

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Birmingham’s Matt Sen became the British Challenge Cruiserweight Champion when he halted Wolverhampton’s Josh Burke in four rounds at The Venue in Dudley.

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The popular former body builder who turned professional boxer in 2017 emerged victorious from the heat of a bruising encounter that saw both fighter’s chins tested to the limit from the very start of the bout.

Burke had, prior to this bruising encounter, made clear his desire to upset the odds and grab the win in his first fight of the year but he got stunned badly when he walked onto a vicious right as he backed Sen up against the ropes.  That withering shot followed by a wave of unanswered head shots convinced referee Kevin Parker to wave it off.

BurkeIn truth the Wolverhampton fighter had looked extremely dangerous prior to being stopped. Driving forward at every opportunity he managed to catch Sen with a number of eye-catching hooks and crosses that brought appreciative gasps of acknowledgement from the watching masses. Had Burke been carrying a little more punch power then a different outcome would not have been out of the question.

Burke vs. Sen

Instead it was Sen’s ability to soak up punishment and return it with interest that proved the decisive factor.

Burke vs. Sen

With this defining victory ‘Slugger’ moved to 4-0-0 (1 KO) and has captured his first professional title – a strap which he’ll no doubt see as the first of many he’ll be challenging for.

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“I know the best Joshua Burke can give any cruiserweight in the world problems.” Burke aiming high ahead of Sen bout.

Joshua Burke is ready to upset Matt Sen and his home crowd this weekend as he goes in search of title glory.

The 32 year-old from Wolverhampton takes on Sen for the British Challenge Cruiserweight Title at The Venue, Dudley, on Saturday in what will be his first contest in a year.

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“Training camp has gone well,” Burke told bcb-promotions.com. “I’ve been working on technique and game plan.

“It is a big ask to come back after over year out with inactivity but I know I’m capable of the eight round distance. I need to put on a show as I’ve been very disappointed in my last two performances, so I’m aiming to return with a bang and show people what Joshua Burke is really about.”

Burke was unsuccessful in his last outing, which was also for the British Challenge belt. He was stopped by Coventry’s Dill Singh but insists he has learnt from defeat and will be victorious on Saturday.

“I have learnt a lot from the Dilly Singh fight which I don’t need to go into because preparation wasn’t right for several reasons .”Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” and I learnt some harsh lessons which were obvious, so I’m focused on displaying the best Joshua Burke and showing what I’m made of in this fight.

“I am expecting a good title fight. I know it is going to be a hostile crowd and I know he’s going to be on his ‘A Game’ so I can’t bring anything less myself.

“When I win this fight I’ll speak to Errol (Johnson – Head of Boxing at BCB) about my next step because I haven’t got time on my side, so I’m happy to bypass Midlands Area level and look at English and British Titles because I know the best Joshua Burke can give any cruiserweight in the world problems.”

Tickets, priced at £35 or £50 ringside with waitress service, are still available by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook.

Wolverhampton welterweight, Kirstie Bavington, Dudley trio Danny Ball, Connor Lee Jones and Josh Miller, and Brummie duo Aaron Lovell and Daryl Pearce  feature elsewhere on the under-card.

“I just want to get in there and put on a show” Danny Ball tells BCB ahead of Dudley return.

Danny Ball is looking to build on his solid start to life as a professional boxer.

The 21 year-old has recorded five straight wins since turning pro this time last year and will be looking to make it a super six when he appears  on BCB Promotions’ ‘Usual Suspects’ show at the Venue, Dudley, on Saturday, 7th July.

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“Camp has gone great,” Ball told bcb-promotions.com. “I’ve just got a few more pounds to lose but nothing major, so I just want to get in there and put on a show.

“I’ve been sparring top Polish amateur and 3-0 as a professional Damian Kiwior, which has helped. I felt really good; picking my shots and working on what we have been doing over the year or so I’ve been with Richie Ghent and Rob Wright.  I have to give credit to them both; they are top trainers who make me believe in myself.”

Ball faces dangerous Danny Little this weekend. The Hull veteran inflicted a first career defeat over BCB stablemate, Jordan Clayton, before Christmas but Ball is confident of overcoming his opponent, some 12 years his senior.

“Danny Little isn’t going to stop me from what I set out to achieve in my career.  I’m only 21 – 22 the week after the fight – and I’ve come on loads over this short amount of time. I’m only going to get better with the help and support of BCB, Rob and Richie and my sponsors – Homeserve Furniture Repairs, Affordable House Design, Bull electrical Services, ARH Installations and Nigel porter Charity Events.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who has purchased tickets. I will put on a show.”

At the top of the bill, Wolverhampton-born duo Matt Sen and Josh Burke will collide in a Black Country battle for the eight-round British Challenge cruiserweight title.

Dudley duo Connor Lee Jones and Josh Miller, and Brummie duo Aaron Lovell and Daryl Pearce  feature elsewhere on the under-card alongside Wolverhampton’s Kirstie Bavington.

Tickets, priced at £35 or £50 ringside with waitress service, are still available by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook.

Sen Ready For Title Tilt

Matt Sen insists he is ready for the step up to eight rounds, and a title tilt, in just his fourth professional outing.

 The likeable Sen, a former body builder, takes on Wolverhampton’s Joshua Burke in a Black Country battle for the British Challenge Cruiserweight Title at The Venue, Dudley, this weekend.

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 30 year-old Sen, who made his professional debut 12 months ago, is in confident mood ahead of the clash.

 Camp has gone great,” he told bcb-promotions.com. “There has been lots of learning and working on my flaws. 

We have mixed up sparring this time with some in house technical sparring and open spars with Ricky Summers and some of the UFC team.

“Fighting in an eight rounder is a big step, let alone challenging for a title. For me it is really exciting. It’s a challenge and I like to continuously keep pushing myself.

“They say God puts the greatest highs at the end of our fears so in order to live them we must face our fears!”

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Sen in action at Genting Arena, Birmingham.

 Sen has studied Burke in the build up to Saturday but has left the game plan in the hands of his trainer and mentor, Peter Christie.

“I’ve been watching Josh since last year when there were first talks about us fighting. I feel like I know him better after constantly studying him.  I’ve been looking at his habits and how to capitalise on them.  Josh is a big strong guy who I won’t be taking lightly but I will be coming home with a win.

 “I am leaving the game plan completely in Pete’s hands. I trust him with everything so I just turn up and do as I’m told and with his approach I know I will be ready. .

“I’d just like to say a huge Thank You to all my supporters, everyone spending their hard earned cash purchasing tickets, my sponsors and BCB for allowing me to fight on their show.”

 Tickets, priced at £35 or £50 ringside with waitress service, are still available by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook.

 Wolverhampton welterweight, Kirstie Bavington, Dudley trio Danny Ball, Connor Lee Jones and Josh Miller, and Brummie duo Aaron Lovell and Daryl Pearce  feature elsewhere on the under-card.

Down & Out!! Sangha suffers stunning 3rd round stoppage!!

 

Midlands southpaw prospect Indi Sangha found himself on the wrong end of a stunning third round stoppage when he was counted out by referee Kevin Parker at the Holte Suite last Saturday night (30 Jun). 

The non-title Super Featherweight contest had been scheduled for 8 rounds but Michael Ramabeletsa finished it surprisingly early with a devastatingly sharp and accurate punching and counter-punching display.


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The defeat will come as a huge blow to the Sangha camp and brings to an emphatic end a run of nine straight professional wins for the Birmingham based boxer who is also known for his explosive punch power.

There will of course be a notion that Ramabeletsa with his record of 15-17-0 was underestimated. It has merit given that the former Soweto native’s last two outings saw him challenging for the English Super Bantamweight and Commonwealth (British Empire) Super Bantamweight Titles but in a June 14 interview with VIP Boxing Promotions the Preston based boxer also admitted to knowing very little about his forthcoming opponent in Sangha.

In truth it was a painful watch for Midlands fight fans, especially for those convinced that Sangha has that special something that can take him all the way.  On this occasion the 22 year old couldn’t seem to find either the range or accuracy that he needed and was in trouble from as early as the first round when a sharp combination gave just a small taste of what Sangha was to suffer a couple of rounds later.

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Early knockdown and Sangha looks stunned

There were some concerns as Sangha returned to his corner having been counted out at the conclusion of the fight. It took some time for the announcements to be made as, quite rightly, attention was given to the fighter’s wellbeing above all else before the event could proceed. But it was an emboldened and clearly gracious fighter that stood to accept his defeat when the two eventually returned to the centre of the ring for the announcements.

As in football, form comes and goes but class remains. Despite the loss Sangha remains a classy fighter with a great future ahead. He will be back.

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