Derrick Osaze was crowned winner of Ultimate Boxxer III: The Middleweights in a thrilling night of action at The Indigo at The O2 in London last night, exclusively live on BT Sport.
In the Final, the Punching Preacher, who was MansionBet 10/1, defeated the resilient Grant Dennis to win the Gold Robe and a large share of the £50,000 prize money.The 25-year-old from Peckham, now based in Nottingham, who is a Minister at his local church, said before the tournament that he had the most powerful support from God to take him to victory and he proved it by defeating his UB III rivals.
In the Quarter Final, Osaze was drawn against Grays’ Tey Lynn Jones and produced a dramatic knockdown in the second round before going on to win on points.
He then caused the biggest shock of the tournament in the Semi-Final by defeating the MansionBet favourite Northampton’s Kieron Conway in a very close fight by split decision.
On the opposite side of the draw, Dennis had a great run to the Final with a third round TKO of Joe Hurn in the Quarters and then in the Semis he floored Sean Philips twice in the opening round and had to get up from a knockdown in the third to win by one point.
The final was a very close and intense with so much on the line for both men but Osaze dropping Dennis in the third round clinched it for him with judges’ scores of 29-27, 29-27, with one judge scoring 28-28. Osaze was presented with the Golden Robe by former World Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs.
An emotional Osaze said afterwards, “It’s unbelievable to win Ultimate Boxxer, but I always believed that I would win. There was never any doubt in mind that I wouldn’t come out the winner. It’s my self belief and pure hard work. All the other boxers wanted to win but I wanted it more. I know how hard I trained for this and how much I believed in myself so there was never any doubt in my mind. I was never coming here for one or two fights, it was always for the three fight and I was going to leave the Ultimate Boxxer. I said it and I achieved it. Now I want to push for an English title and then the British title. Ultimate Boxxer has given me a fantastic opportunity and I grabbed it and I hope that this will be an inspiration for other boxers.”
On the undercard, Manchester lightweight Sean Fennell defeated Lithuanian Simas Volosinas 40-36; Birmingham’s undefeated light-heavyweight talent and UB II winner Shakan Pitters made a welcome return and defeated Dmitrij Kalinovskij 60-54; Birmingham middleweight and Love Island star Idris Virgo saw his fight against Rene Molikend in a technical draw after an accidental clash of heads in the second round.
ULTIMATE BOXXER III FULL RESULTS
Quarter-Final 1 Kieron Conway WUD3 (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) Kaan Hawes Quarter-Final 2 Derrick Osaze WUD3 (27-29, 27-29, 27-29) Tey Lynn Jones Quarter-Final 3 Sean Philips WTKO1 Josh Groombridge Quarter-Final 4 Grant Dennis WTKO3 Joe Hurn Semi-Final 1 Derrick Osaze WSD3 (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) Kieron Conway Semi-Final 2 Grant Dennis WUD3 (28-27, 28-27, 28-27) Sean Phillips Final Derrick Osaze WMD3 (29-27, 28-28, 29-27) Grant Dennis
LONDON, UK – 17 APRIL 2019ULTIMATE BOXXER, Britain’s first boxing entertainment brand, announces that the Cruiserweight division will be the showcase for ULTIMATE BOXXER IV on Friday 28th June in Manchester (venue to be announced).
UBIV, sponsored by MansionBet, will be televised exclusively live on BT Sport, BT Sports’ YouTube channel – available to anyone to watch for free – and the dedicated boxing channel BoxNation.
ULTIMATE BOXXER is the exhilarating elimination tournament featuring eight talented fighters from around the UK who battle it out starting in four quarter-finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds; followed by two semi-finals and one final to determine the winner who will win the large share of the prize money; a promotional deal and be catapulted up the domestic rankings.
Knockouts in the ring are combined with live music and entertainment designed to engage and attract the next generation of sports fans on a more regular basis.
Following UBI: Welterweights, UBII: Light-Heavyweights and UBIII: Middleweights – set for Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2 – the fourth instalment of the exciting tournament focuses on the red-hot 200 pound division that has become a firm fan-favourite in recent years for delivering some of the most explosive and entertaining action-packed fights.
Some of the biggest names in British boxing have made their name in the division such as British World Champions Tony Bellew; David Haye, the first British fighter ever to unify the division, Enzo Maccarinelli; Johnny Nelson, the longest reigning divisional World champion with the most title defences, Carl Thompson and Glenn McCrory, Britain’s first ever World cruiserweight champion.
The eight highly rated ULTIMATE BOXXER participants who will compete in UBIV will be announced shortly and it will be interesting to see how many of them can go on to achieve great things in the sport
ULTIMATE BOXXER founder Ben Shalom said, “This is the heaviest weight category we have staged so far and looking at the potential line-up, I believe we could be in for one of the most dramatic nights out of all the series. These guys are big men with the power of heavyweights, mixed with the speed of light-heavyweights and so anything can happen when they start unloading their punches over a short fight.’’
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ULTIMATE BOXXER will have a minimum of FIVE shows broadcast live in the UK and Ireland in the first year
Ultimate Boxxer offers new experiences for the 21st century sports fan and youth culture
Ambition to give more opportunities and meritocracy in the booming professional British boxing scene
First event under the new agreement will be ULTIMATE BOXXER III returning to the capital on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2
High-paced boxing elimination tournament features eight boxers in the ultra-competitive Middleweight division to battle it out in the first show to become the king of their division and win a promotional contract
ULTIMATE BOXXER, Britain’s first boxing entertainment brand, is delighted to announce that it has signed a broadcast deal with BT Sport, starting with its first event of the year on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2.
The deal will see a minimum of five ULTIMATE BOXXER events broadcast live in the UK and Ireland in the first year that will simulcast on BT Sport, BT Sports’ YouTube channel – available to anyone to watch for free, and dedicated boxing channel BoxNation, with the second event confirmed for Friday 28th June in Manchester.
Created to provide a new boxing experience, ULTIMATE BOXXER will provide a lot of opportunities within the sport.
Eight talented fighters from around the UK battle it out in the high-paced elimination tournament in four quarter-finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds, followed by two semi-finals and one final to determine the winner who will win the large share of the prize money, a promotional deal and be catapulted up the rankings. An opportunity to represent their country in international finals is also on the line.
The product and events are designed to engage and attract the next generation of sports fans on a more regular basis.
Following two incredible test events, ULTIMATE BOXXER returns to the capital on May 10th for an unrivalled night of action and entertainment in the ultra-competitive middleweight division.
ULTIMATE BOXXER founder Ben Shalom,said, “It’s great to get this over the line with BT Sport who share the same vision to bring something extra to the boxing industry. British boxing has never been in such a healthy position and Ultimate Boxxer will present long-term opportunities for boxers whilst giving sports fans an experience they won’t forget. I’m really looking forward to getting started on May 10th with an extremely competitive card.”
ULTIMATE BOXXER Director Paulie Malignaggi, said, “When we started this last year we wanted to give the biggest platform possible to the competing fighters. It is great that BT have bought into the ambition to keep evolving the sport and also engage digital audiences. I’m very excited to watch some amazing stories unfold on this journey and see the tournaments evolve.”
Steve Norris, head of sports commercial rights, BT Sport said “Boxing is booming and it’s a great time to be a fan, with the sport growing at an enormous pace and gaining new audiences. Ultimate Boxxer is bringing a fresh new style to one of the oldest sports in the world and we think our viewers will love this addition to the wealth of Boxing they are already enjoying on BT Sport.”
ULTIMATE BOXXER premiered last April in the Welterweight division in a huge event at Manchester Arena. The thrilling action saw Northampton’s Drew Brown crowned the inaugural winner. UB II followed in November at The Indigo with the spotlight on the Light-Heavyweight class and in another dramatic night, Birmingham’s Shakan Pitters claimed the top prize.
The eight middleweights who will fight it out in search of glory in UB III are:
1. JOE HURN, Clacton, Essex, 10-0-1 (6) Short Colour: Yellow Built like a brick, the big puncher from Essex is aiming to blast his way through the fights. Has struggled for opportunities despite being highly rated. This is the type of fighter Ultimate Boxxer will help.
2. TEY-LYNN JONES, Southern Area Champion, Basildon, Essex, 11-1-0 (2) Short Colour: Blue Defended his Southern Area title in his last fight and has sparred successfully with likes of world champions Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale and George Groves. Extremely confident of success and a sworn vegan.
3. DERRICK ‘THE PUNCHING PREACHER’ OSAZE, Peckham, London, 6-0-0 (1) Short Colour: Grey Unbeaten in six fights, the Londoner has an unusual background. He as an ordained minister committed to a life of non-violence. He goes by the name of the “Punching Preacher”.
4. GRANT DENNIS, Former Southern Area Champion, Chatham, Kent, 12-1-0 (2) Short colour: White The ‘Go Getter’, a former Southern Area Middleweight Champion needed just 48 seconds to score a stunning KO victory in his last fight out. Has been unlucky not to go further with his only loss coming in a British title fight and will be looking at this event as his chance. Coming into the competition as the oldest competitor.
5. KEIRON CONWAY, Northampton, Northamptonshire, 10-0-0 (3) Short colour: Pink Tipped as the favourite. This undefeated hot-shot has tasted the high-life after featuring on the an Amir Khan undercard. He is now ready to make his move in the division.
6. JOSH GROOMBRIDGE, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, 7-1-0 (4) Short Colour: Black Big support and not to be underestimated. The dark horse who will be seeking a break through as a serious contender. He is a massive character with an enormous following and warns that he is not to be underestimated.
7. SEAN PHILLIPS, Surrey, 6-0 Short Colour: Red Training out of the famous Peacock gym. The young, unbeaten, 22 year old has been tipped for a bright future under the watchful eye of top trainer Martin Bowers.
8. KAAN HAWES, Witham, Essex, 5-0-1 Short Colour: Green No losses on his record and relatively unknown. Learnt his trade on the white collar scene after a previous career in professional football. He is an outsider with a big fanbase…Stranger things have happened…
An action packed undercard will see the return of highly-rated and undefeated Light-Heavyweight talent and UB II winner Shakan Pitters and unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Idris Virgo who is out to prove to critics he is more than just a reality star.
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