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  When Hunger Speaks

By Ewa Turalska


Ultimate Boxxer tournament took place on 27 April at Manchester Arena. Eight unbeaten pro welterweights went head to head in an exhilarating spectacle for life changing money and contracts. Event was promoted and supported by Paulie Malignaggi and Ricky Hatton with the prize worth of £50000.The tournament consisted four quarter finals, two semi finals and the final. Every fight had last three rounds of three minutes each.

Ringside Report

QUARTER FINAL 1: DREW BROWN (10-0, 1 KO) VS JIMMY COOPER (6-1-1)


Cooper started from heavy body shots but Brown was too determinate and thrown excellent an uppercut - body - uppercut combination and finished by a short right hand that sent Cooper on canvas. Although the stoppage at 2:23 was not quite fair, as I believe Jimmy was able to fight afterwards. But it is what it is. First quarter final started with a bit of controversy.

QUARTER FINAL 2: KAISEE BENJAMIN (4-1, 1 KO) VS SAM EVANS (10-1-1, 3 KOS)


Evans was controlling the first round, trapping Benjamin on the ropes although Kaisee was not really handling the tension. Second round was also mostly in favour of Evans as he find the way to break slightly Benjaminís peek-a-boo defense. Very aligned fight with switching the action. In third round Evans also looked more engaged at throwing punches in bunches, even not many of them clearly landed on his opponent. Judges fairly awarded Sam Evans a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28 on all 3 cards.

QUARTER FINAL 3: TOM YOUNG (6-1, 1 KO) VS BEN ELAND (4-1-1)


Young from the first seconds of the first round was absolutely relentless in his attacks. Eland was tying him instead protecting himself by throwing jabs. Second round still worked for hyperactive Young, who throw nasty combinations, which made Ben to wake up and try to switch his defense into short jabs, but he made no harm and nothing special landed. Round three was better for whom Young was a bit faster and more engaged; therefore he won with unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 twice and 29-28.

QUARTER FINAL 4: ISAAC MAC LEOD (11-1, 3 KOS) VS ANDY KREMNER (9-1, 2 KOS)


Strong body shots by Mac Leod confused Kremner from the first seconds of round one. His fists were useless in terms of punching back, he chooses to defense and protect himself which trapped him completely and left no space to box. He looked more confident in round two - there was more jabbing and few good uppercuts. Build up hype finished with a cut of Isaac head - when they clashed the heads. It was good back and forth action. It was, fair contest which finished with scores being 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 in Isaacís favor.

SEMI FINAL 1: DREW BROWN VS SAM EVANS


Beginning of the fight was difficult for Brown who seemed much fresher then in his last fight although he could not keep up with Evans and his hooks. He was disoriented. In second round Drew started using the jabs effectively, few strong headshots let him control the action and stay in the middle of the ring. But still the bout was not decided and clear who is better. Samís clean hooks in round three gave us some more clarity who is closer the final, but Drew fired up and throw few great jabs which gave him a win via a split decision with scores of 28-29 and twice 29-28.

SEMI FINAL 2: ISAAC MAC LEOD VS TOM YOUNG


The last bout before final literally made the public get up from their seats; it was the hottest bout of the night. The seconds after first gong a right hand of Young sent Mac Leod to the canvas. Although he was able to beat the count, he had lost his balance and moments later a left hook on the chin knocked him down again. Referee stops the fight at 1:15 of round 1.

FINAL: DREW BROWN VS TOM YOUNG

Both fighters started the fight with aggressive will. Clean head and body shots were landing on both, without clarity who has a bigger hunger to win. Second round was completely relentless - they went into fire blindly. It was a of minute toe to toe exchange of uppercuts and body shots, where
Brown took over control on situation with his right cross.

Round three was again exchange of nasty jabs, but Drew shots have been more powerful and he looked like he was controlling the dance. Brown won with unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice.

Drew Brown the painter and decorator from Northampton said before the fight that many people donít know his hometown. But he will make it recognizable by winning the tournament. He kept the promise and he made Northampton proud.

Undercard results:


Sam Hyde (13-0-1, 6 kos) vs Dmitrij Kalinovskij (13-44-4, 5 kos), TKO 5th round (Scheduled 6◊3, Cruiserweight).

Ryan Oliver (3-1) vs Dale Arrowsmith (1-15-1, 1 ko), PTS 40-36 (4◊3, Welterweight).

Ben Sheedy (10-0-1, 4 kos) vs Emanuel Moussinga (4-11-0, 1 ko), PTS 39-37 (4◊3 Middleweight)



 

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