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Must byline Dexter Hastings/ bbcolumn.com Matt Sen v Taha Mishosseini Sen came out strong and looked good as Mishosseini covered up well, halfway through the first round Mishosseini caught Sen with a right hook flush on the temple putting the unbeaten fighter down.
Sen got to his feet and was allowed to continue, Mishosseini poured on the pressure with big shots, Sen had not really recovered from the knock down, Sen’s corner then threw the towel in and the ref stopped the fight one minute 25 seconds I to the first round.
The countdown is over. The raw action and rough and tumble of Ultimate Boxxer IV – a riotous, three-round tournament of tossed leather – is upon us.
When the dust has settled at Altrincham Ice Arena, Manchester, tomorrow night, one of eight cruiserweights will receive the lion’s share of a £50,000 cashpot and the coveted Golden Robe – a glittering gown bestowed on the victor.
There’s plenty of local interest in the quickfire, thrills-and-spills competition, televised live by BT Sport. The format has proved wildly popular with fans who have only a passing interest in the game, those not wooed by skill and technique. It provides the Tysonesque drama and knockdowns they crave.
Both former Oldbury bodybuilder Matt Sen, with only one loss in six, and Wolverhampton-raised, Stafford-based Antony Woolery are in the mix.
Neither are expected to don the dazzling robe and Woolery, who has had only two fights (one loss), is probably the night’s rank outsider. The draw has not be kind to them, to boot.
Sen will fight Preston prospect Damian Chambers, unbeaten in seven – four of those victories coming by way of stoppage.
Woolery, a former semi-professional footballer, has even more reason to curse his luck. He faces Londoner Mikael Lawal, the bookies’ favourite and my pick to win the competition.
Head to Head
The heavy-handed Nigerian, now living in Shepherd’s Bush, is on a nine-fight winning run, with only three opponents lasting the distance.
For East Midlands fans, add to the mix Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Rhasian Earlington. The 21-year-old, unbeaten in five, is also recipient of a tough draw.
He faces Romford’s former Commonwealth champ Tony Conquest (18-3) in a match that is more intriguing than the stats suggest. Conquest was KO’d last time out by Italian prospect Fabio Turchi in Florence.
Regardless of the calibre of opposition, if you start fast and keep busy, you’ve got a chance.
Woolery, who runs a successful bathroom and kitchen business, has adopted an admirable “nothing to lose” attitude.
He told Ringside: “When the draw was made, I thought I was unlucky. Now I think I want to fight the best first, while I’m still fresh. The training and sparring have gone so well, the nerves have given way to excitement.