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UB3: Osaze Wins Ultimate Boxxer 3 at the Indigo

The Punching Preacher defeats Grant Dennis in the Final

London, UK (11 May 2019) 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 Molik end 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

UB3: The Draw

  • Quarter Final match ups announced for Ultimate Boxxer showdown
  • Former World Heavyweight Champ Shannon Briggs makes draw
  • Mouthwatering matches sees Hawes v Conway, Jones v Osaze, Philips v Groombridge, Hurn v Dennis

 

London, UK (26 April 2019) The official draw for the first round of fights in Ultimate Boxxer III: The Middleweights has been made for the exhilarating elimination tournament on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2.

UB III, sponsored by MansionBet, is exclusively live on BT Sports, BT Sports’ YouTube channel – available to anyone to watch for free – and the dedicated boxing channel BoxNation.

The eight highly-rated contestants participating in UB III are Tey Lynn-Jones, Derrick Osaze, Kieron Conway, Grant Dennis, Sean Phillips, Josh Groombridge, Kaan Hawes and Joe Hurn as they battle it out to become The Ultimate Boxxer.

In attendance at BT Sports’ studio, where the draw was held, was the Former WBO World Heavyweight Champion Shannon “Lets Go Champ” Briggs, who picked out the balls to make the following fights:

 

THE DRAW

Odds supplied by MansionBet, the official bookmaker for UB III

Quarter-Final One: Kaan Hawes (5-0-1) 22/1 v Kieron Conway (10-0-0, 3 KO’s) 15/8

A great match up to kick things off between a boxer and fighter and Hawes comes up against the tournament favourite. Witham’s Hawes, from the white-collar circuit, is unbeaten in five fights and loves to have a brawl. Northampton’s Conway is well schooled with a good amateur pedigree and is a former England international, currently unbeaten in ten as a pro.

 

Quarter-Final Two: Tey Lynn Jones (11-1-0, 2 KO’s) 7/2 v Derrick Osaze (6-0-0, 1 KO) 10/1

A mouthwatering 50-50 fight and the best pick of the quarter-finals between two box-fighters with similar styles. Jones, from Grays, Essex, has the edge in experience having won and defended the Southern Area title and has more rounds under his belt, but the Puncher Preacher from Nottingham, by way of Peckham, is unbeaten and ready to cause an upset.

Quarter-Final Three: Sean Philips (5-0-1, 1 KO) 4/1 v Josh Groombridge (7-1-0, 4 KO’s) 14/1

A hard-to-call showdown between a boxer and fighter that pitches Peacock Gym trained Philips, who’s an excellent technician and unbeaten in six, against the raw and powerful Groombridge from Uttoxeter who started on the white-collar scene and is very heavy handed.

Quarter-Final Four: Joe Hurn (10-0-1, 6 KO’s) 7/1 v Grant Dennis (12-1-0, 2 KO’s) 3/1

An excellent match up between the big-hitting Hurn from Clacton against the skilled Dennis from Chatham. Dangerous Hurn has halted six out of 11, while Dennis has only lost once in 13, but has the experience being a former Southern Area champion and fell just short for the English belt.

The winner of Quarter-Final One will meet the winner of Quarter-Final Two and the winner of Quarter-Final Three will meet the winner of Quarter-Final Four.

ULTIMATE BOXXER founder Ben Shalom, said, “I’m stumped at picking a winner for any of the fights in the Quarter Finals, it’s that close. That’s what we want with Ultimate Boxxer, fights that are evenly balanced and when anything can happen in a split second that will add to the drama and suspense. In UB I and II combined we’ve had 27 knockdowns, that’s staggering across two shows and just shows that when fighters get in the ring for Ultimate Boxxer they go all out to win. I cannot wait to see who will eventually come out on top on May 10.”

Ultimate Boxxer III features Tey Lynn-Jones, Derrick Osaze, Kieron Conway, Grant Dennis, Sean Phillips, Josh Groombridge, Kaan Hawes and Joe Hurn as they battle it out to become Ultimate Boxxer on Friday 10th May at The Indigo at The O2.

An action packed undercard will see the return of the 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.

UB3: Meet The Fighters

Grant Dennis (12-1, 2KO)

From: Chatham, Kent
Age: 35
Alias: Go-Getter
KO Ratio: 15%

The “Go-Getter”, a former Souther Area Middleweight Champion needed just 48 second to score a stunning KO victory in his last fight. Although Grant is the oldest in the competition, he believes he’s in the best shape of his life. Not only is he sure that he’ll come away the winner, but then plans to go on to win a British title.

 

Tey Lynn-Jones (11-1, 2KO)

From: Grays, Essex
Age: 24
Alias: Teysty
KO Ratio: 17%

Defended his Southern Area title in his last fight and has sparred with likes of world champions Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale and George Groves. Tey has a good amateur pedigree having won the Queensbury title. Tey also played for Chelsea youth as a goalkeeper but loves the individuality of boxing and that he only has to rely on himself.

 

Joe Hurn (10-0-1, 6KO)

From: Clacton, Essex
Age: 33
Alias: N/A
KO Ratio: 55%

Relentless and big-punching, the hard Essex man aims to blast his way to the honours. Joe started out as a kick boxer before moving into boxing, as he was always more of a puncher. Joe is a big family man who wants to go out and make his daughter proud.

 

 

Kieron Conway (10-0, 3KO)

From: Northampton, Northamptonshire
Age: 22
Alias: KC
KO Ratio: 30%

The undefeated hot-shot has tasted the high-life after featuring on the Amir Khan vs Samuel Vargas Undercard and is now hungry to reach the top. Kieron’s dad was a boxer himself, but never wanted him to follow in his footsteps. So Kieron actually started out in Karate attaining a black belt at the age of 11, before he started boxing.

 

Josh Groombridge (7-1, 4KO)

From: Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
Age: 26
Alias: N/A
KO Ratio: 50%

Hard-hitting talent aims to showcase his talent and breakthrough as a serious contender on the British scene. Josh has found peace and happiness in boxing. Although Josh believes he is an underdog, he’s confident he can upset the odds. Josh works a day job as a laser operative, he’s hoping this could be his break to go into boxing full time.

 

 

Derrick Osaze (6-0, 1KO)

From: Peckham, London
Age: 25
Alias: The Punching Preacher
KO Ratio: 17%

The unbeaten “Punching Preacher” from Peckham who’s got that perfect 6-0 record. Derrick is an ordained pastor and is expecting support on the night from his church’s congregation and fellow pastors. Derrick believes that his faith and boxing go hand in hand, as he’s had many setbacks but his faith has always got him through.

 

Kaan Hawes (5-0-1)

From: Witham, Essex
Age: 32
Alias: N/A
KO Ratio: 0%

Sky-high on ambition, all-action Hawes could be a suprise revelation. Kaan was late to start boxing at this level but has taken to it very quickly, he’s a natural talent and is looking to make up for lost time. Kaan actually played at a very good level in both cricket and football. Kaan is also a lifelong friend of Olly Murs, who’s a big boxing fan and attends all his fights.

 

Sean Phillips (5-1)

From: Gravesend, Kent
Age: 22
Alias: N/A
KO Ratio: 17%

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. Sean got into boxing around 13 when his dad took him to the local boxing gym as he had too much energy to expend. Sean has a liking for getting involved in a tear-up and believes that he has a great shot at winning the three-fights-in-one-night format.

Ultimate Boxxer 3 Press Release

ULTIMATE BOXXER III is returning to the capital on Friday 10th May 2019 at The Indigo at The O2, London

ULTIMATE BOXXER SIGNS BROADCAST DEAL WITH BT SPORT

  • 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

LONDON, UK – 18 MARCH 2019

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.

 

ULTIMATE BOXXER III

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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”.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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. 

  1. 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.

 

Tickets will go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday 20th March on ticketmaster.co.uk AXS.com and ultimateboxxer.com priced at:

£30 Balcony Standing (General Admission)

£35 Floor Standing (General Admission)

£55 Upper Balcony Seats

£70 Outer Ringside

£100 Inner Ringside

£200 Kings Row (Padded Balcony seats, separate bar, VIP entrance )

For all VIP & Corporate Packages please contact www.sportandmusic.co.uk

 

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ULTIMATE BOXXER III will take place at The Indigo at The O2 on Friday 10th May. Sign up at www.ultimateboxxer.com for access to ticket pre-sale.

 

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Ultimate Boxxer 3 will be live on BT Sport

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.