BOXING: ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell turns up the power
NICK Blackwell hinted that more major opportunities could be on the way for him this summer after confidently winning his latest fight in Bath last weekend.
The 23-year-old, from Trowbridge, swept aside former Prizefighter finalist Terry Carruthers at the Forum on Saturday to notch up his 15th professional victory.
Contender Gym fighter Blackwell, who has twice boxed for the British middleweight title, hopes he may be on the cusp of securing two major, and possibly televised, fights this summer.
“There should be two big fights coming up, in June and July. Hopefully we can say a bit more when it all gets sorted out,” he said.
“I was straight back in training on Monday to keep myself fit and ready.”
‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell has fought in front of the television cameras three times, during his two British title bids against Martin Murray in Wigan and Billy Joe Saunders in London and in his controversial defeat to EBU champion Max Bursak in Ukraine.
The Trowbridge man is expecting to step into the ring again in six weeks’ time.
Blackwell made good on his promise to show off his new and improved power-punching as he confidently saw off the challenge of Carruthers.
An assured performance from the Trowbridge fighter saw him calmly stamp his authority as he eased to a comfortable points victory.
While his powerful hooks and body shots had his Birmingham opponent gasping for air between rounds, ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell had the time to egg on his boisterous support, who lapped up every roar and punch of the air.
At the final bell, Blackwell was handed his 15th professional victory with a dominant 100-91 decision from referee Jeff Hinds.
“It was nice to get back in there – I haven’t been in the ring since October and I've been training since January 1,” said the Wiltshire fighter.
“It’s just nice to get the 10 rounds in because when I hit him with the right hand and he wobbled; obviously I was excited but I wanted the rounds.
“I didn’t really do anything wrong. I was picking the gears up through all of the rounds and I only had one where I had a bit of a rest.
“My fitness was all right and I’ve just got to put my combinations together, which is all I need to do – I enjoyed it.
“I was definitely hitting a lot harder. I could feel that every time I was hitting him with a good right hand or a body shot, it was hurting him.
“The crowd were there and they got me buzzing a bit. It picks you up and when the crowd’s all quiet and there’s no atmosphere, it’s not the same.”
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