Martin Murray this weekend faces a triple title tear up against a mystery man who has NEVER lost a fight.
Murray meets baby-faced punching machine Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell for the British, Commonwealth and WBA Intercontinental middleweight belts in Wigan on Saturday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Blackwell is the English champion, unbeaten in eight pro fights and at the age of 20 years and 234 days will be aiming to become the youngest British champion since Ryan Rhodes back in 1996.
Blackwell is a massive underdog, but has proved he’s a fearless scrapper who will go toe to toe with anyone.
He had 18 unlicensed fights with the European Boxing Federation – and won the lot with 15 knock outs.
Blackwell said: “We would just get in there, have a tear up and see who the last man standing was. I’ve been fighting physically strong men in their twenties without head guards and with 10 ounce since I was 16 years old. It was good experience for me.”
Blackwell started boxing when he was 16 years old and after four months was ready to make his ring debut.
A couple of hours later, he had his second fight !
Blackwell posted a stoppage on his debut and after a fighter pulled out of another fight on the bill, was asked if he would step in to face an opponent two stones heavier. Never one to turn down a fight, Blackwell said yes – then regretted it.
“He was smacking me about and I remember thinking: ‘What am I doing in here ?’” laughed Blackwell.
“But I started hitting him back and ended up stopping him. I felt the business after that. People I had never met were coming up to me saying: ‘Well done’ and that had never happened to me before. I got so much respect from people.”
Blackwell also fought abroad in his unlicensed career.
Aged 16, he headed to Malta to face local champion Steve Aquilina, who had previously boxed Chris Eubank, and ‘Bang Bang’ smashed him through the ropes !
June 13, 2011