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