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UB6: Webb Roars to Ultimate Boxxer Glory!

Nick Webb capped a stunning evening of entertainment in Manchester as he claimed the Ultimate Boxxer Heavyweight crown.

Showcasing boxing ability, knockout power and never-say-die attitude Nick ‘The Lion’ Webb defeated Mark Bennett in a hotly contested final that saw both men land big shots, keeping the sell-out crowd on the edge of their seats.

Despite eventually being crowned champion, Webb didn’t have his way the whole evening – being pushed all the way in his opening fight against local favourite Chris Healey.

Stockport based Healey was gunning for revenge, having lost to Webb previously and looked sharp in the Quarter Final stage. A controversial split decision loss stood between Healey and a favourable semi final, with red shorts Webb getting the nod.


The story of the night however undoubtedly belonged to Danny Whitaker, who Webb met in the semi final stage. Yorkshireman Whitaker was drafted in as an emergency last minute replacement just two weeks before the fight, and as a rank outsider put in a gutsy performance to overhaul the tournament favourite Jonathan Palata.

Thrilling as the decision was for Whitaker, Webb proved to be one step to far as the plucky fighter in the green shorts succumbed to a first round knockout to the man who would be king.

Then came the highly anticipated final. Webb looked fresh while Bennett, the former soldier and Afghanistan veteran looked weary following two epic battles with Jay McFarlane and Josh Sandland respectively.

Both men started a little sluggishly, starting to show the signs this was their third fight of the evening. Initially Webb displayed the better movement and footwork, but came close to showing it all for nothing, as Bennett landed a strong over hand right in the second. Wobbled and disorientated Webb had box smart and rely on the ringsmanship and craft his superior amateur and pro experience had taught him.

Surviving the scare, Webb moved forward and claimed victory against a brave Bennett who had nothing but applause for his victor.

A clearly emotional Webb declared to the BT Sport cameras afterwards that he was “back in the game”, having struggled to get his career back on track following a high profile defeat to Dave Allen, who witnessed the tournament from ringside, and paid tribute to him personally, backstage at the end of the night.

A tough night at the office for Webb, who showed resilience and heart to put his name back on the map in British boxing.

UB6: Wild’ Webb Wins Ultimate Boxxer 6 after thrilling showdown in Manchester

A scintillating evening of entertainment at Ultimate Boxxer 6 saw Nick ‘Wild’ Webb crowned champion in the first ever heavyweight tournament, receiving the Golden Robe and a share of the £50,000 prize money.

 

Webb, saw off Yorkshire hardman and former soldier, Mark Bennett in a thrilling final bout, with Webb coming out on top on points in front of a sold out and electric crowd in Manchester and live on BT Sport.

 

The Chertsey star, who is managed by former British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Scott Welch, overcame local lad Chris Healey in the quarter-finals, before seeing off the impressive Danny Whitaker, who stunned almost everyone when he took out the bookies favourite Jonathan Palata in the quarter finals.

 

Meanwhile Bennett’s route to the final saw him take part in two brutal fights. The quarter-final victory against Scotsman Jay McFarlane came on points before an exhilarating bout with former Huddersfield Giants rugby league player, Josh Sandland. The semi-final clash between the two Yorkshiremen had the crowd on their edge of their seats with the pair trading huge punches throughout the fight.

 

On the undercard ahead of the final, Florian Marku whipped the crowd up into a frenzy with his unanimous victory over Nathan Bendon, which delighted the strong Albanian contingent and Arsenal and Switzerland football star Granit Xhaka. The bout certainly left the stage set for a pulsating final between the two heavyweights.

 

Commenting on the victory, Webb said: “It’s been a tough tough year, for me, my family, my fiancé, but this makes it all worthwhile. I’m lost for words. I’ve been through it all – to hell and back but to win the Golden Robe is amazing. It’s just the start for me though. I’m going to enjoy Christmas big time, but watch this space”

 

Ultimate Boxxer Results:

Final: Webb vs Bennett – Webb

Semi-Final 1: Bennett vs Sandland – Bennet

Semi-Final 2: Webb vs Whitaker – Webb

Quarter Final 1: Bennet vs McFarlan – Bennet

Quarter Final 2: Sandland vs Sokolowski – Sandland

Quarter Final 3: Webb vs Healey – Webb

Quarter Final 4: Whitaker vs Palata – Whitaker  

UB6: Meet The Fighters

Jonathan Palata

Frank Warren-fighter Jonathan ‘God Speed’ Palata (7-0) enters the fray at UB6 with an impressive and unbeaten professional record, following a stellar amateur career which saw him rack up an ABA Novice Championship, London ABA Championship and he also won the prestigious Haringey Box Cup. He fights out of the famous Peacock Gym in Canning Town. Joins with fast hands and big reputation which sees him tipped as one to watch in the competition.

 

Nick Webb

The Scott Welch-managed contender Nick ‘Wild’ Webb (13-2) enters UB6 with an impressive professional record, with 11 wins coming by way of KO against opponents such as Ferenc Zsalek and fellow UB6 contender, Chris Healey. He has been frustrated by title fights with Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman falling through in the past, and will be hoping to put his only defeats to date against Dave Allen and Kamil Sokolowski (who also joins the tournament) firmly behind him.

 

Kamil Sokolowski

A former Muay-Thai champion, Polish-born Kamil Sokolowski (7-15-2) started out as a journeyman, winning only two of his first 13 fights. Those defeats came against the likes of Dillian Whyte, Kash Ali and Gary Cornish. He has since change tactics, refocused his efforts, and has improved dramatically under the watchful eye of Gavin Lane at the Barum Boxing Club in Barnstaple. Only Whyte and Nathan Gorman have stopped him in his career and he’s already beaten UB6 contenders Nick Webb and Sean Turner. Tipped as a dangerous darkhorse.

 

Mark Bennett

Former army man Mark ‘Bad News’ Bennett (5-0) toured Afghanistan before a serious injury forced a medical discharge. He then took up boxing as a 27-year-old, and has never looked back. He hasn’t lost a bout at amateur level or amongst the professional ranks and now relative unknown Bennett could come into this as a dark horse having already beaten Ferenc Zsalek and fellow tournament entrant Chris Healey in his professional career.

 

Chris Healey

Representing Manchester on this heavyweight show is ABC southpaw Chris Healey (8-6) who has been dogged by injury after winning six of his first seven professional fights, but the 31-year-old is keen to show he’s back to his best after major back surgery, and the loss of his father in 2016. His last two defeats have been against fellow UB6 entrants Mark Bennett and Jonathan Palata.

 

Jay McFarlane

Glasgow hard-man Jay ‘Ghost’ McFarlane (10-4) arrives on the UB6 scene as the youngest fighter in the tournament at just 21. He spent some time in a Caribbean orphanage as a youngster, and has dived into 14 professional fights already in his career. He fought in NYC at Madison Square Garden against Matt McKinney in March 2018, and dropped to 14 stone 4lbs to fight for the Scottish Cruiserweight title, which he won against Ratu Latianara in June of last year.

 

Josh Sandland

For former professional rugby league player Josh Sandland (4-1-1), Ultimate Boxxer represents another chance to succeed in top-level sport, having played for Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Wildcats. He triumphed over fellow UB6 competitor Jay McFarlane earlier this year and showed the danger he possesses. His only defeat came to Tom Little two years ago when he had just joined the professional ranks.

 

Danny Whitaker

Late draft Danny Whitaker (2-0) represents Yorkshire in the event. He has been a big player on the white collar scene before his knockouts impressed his manager enough to convince him to turn professional.

 

Since then he has had two convincing wins in his start as a professional. He comes in as a late replacement for injured Sean Turner and at this stage would appear very much an outsider.

Strongest line-up assembles as heavyweights prepare for battle at UB6

The eight heavyweight fighters who will go head to head in Ultimate Boxxer 6 on Friday, December 13 have now been confirmed. The event takes place from Manchester and will be live on BT Sport 1, BoxNation and BT Sport Youtube.

Discounted tickets are now on sale to Ultimate Boxxer Fight Club members and tickets go on General Sale on Tuesday, October 15.

Ultimate Boxxer returns to Manchester for the first time since the explosive cruiserweight tournament that saw the Sauerland’s Mikael Lawal reign surpreme, before Olympian Steven Donnelly wowed the fans by powering his way to victory at UB5 at the O2 in September.

Now attention turns to the most coveted division of them all.

Nick Webb, Sean Turner, Mark Bennett, Jonathan Palata, Josh Sandland, Jay McFarlane, Kamil Sokolowski and Chris Healey will all arrive on December 13 with huge confidence to take home the money and the golden robe.

‘The heavyweight division is absolutely thriving right now and we are very excited to put on this monster event and add to a huge December calendar for heavyweight fight fans,’ said Ultimate Boxxer founder Ben Shalom.

The Scott Welch-managed contender Nick ‘Wild’ Webb (13-2) enters UB6 with an impressive professional record, with 11 wins coming by way of KO against opponents such as Ferenc Zsalek and Chris Healey. He has been frustrated by title fights with Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman falling through in the past, and will be hoping to put his only defeats to date against Dave Allen and Sokolowski (who also joins the tournament) firmly behind him.

Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner (12-3) followed the example set by Ultimate Boxxer 5 champion Steven Donnelly and went about guaranteeing his spot on the UB6 card by hammering the social media team across Instagram and Twitter. The monster Irishman has had an impressive amateur career with 120 amateur fights, winning 90 contests. He held multiple junior titles and boxed Anthony Joshua twice, losing both on points. After defeats to Filip Hrgovic and Nathan Gorman in his last two outings, the Peter Taylor-trained Dubliner will be out to prove he’s back on the right path to heavyweight glory at UB6.

Former army man Mark ‘Bad News’ Bennett (5-0) toured Afghanistan before a serious injury culminated in a medical discharge. He took up boxing as a 27-year-old, and has never looked back. He hasn’t lost a bout in either the unlicensed scene or amongst the professional ranks. Bennett, who is relatively unknown could come into this as a dark horse having already beaten Ferenc Zsalek and ABA finalist Chris Healey in his professional career.

Frank Warren-fighter Jonathan ‘God Speed’ Palata (7-0) enters the fray at UB6 with an impressive and unbeaten professional record, following a stellar amateur career which saw him rack up an ABA Novice Championship, London ABA Championship and he also won the prestigious Haringey Box Cup. He fights out of the famous Peacock Gym in Canning Town.

For former professional rugby league player Josh Sandland (4-1-1).
Ultimate Boxxer represents another chance to succeed in top-level sport, having played for Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Wildcats. He triumphed over Jay McFarlane earlier this year and showed he was dangerous. His only defeat came to Tom Little two years ago when he had just joined the professional ranks.

Glasgow hard man Jay ‘Ghost’ McFarlane (10-4) arrives on the UB6 scene as the youngest fighter in the tournament at just 21. He spent some time in a Caribbean orphanage as a youngster, and has dived into 14 professional fights already in his career. He fought at Madison Square Garden against Matt McKinney in March 2018, and dropped to 14 stone 4lbs to fight for the Scottish Cruiserweight title, which he won against Ratu Latianara in June of last year.

A former Muay-Thai champion, Polish-born Kamil Sokolowski (7-15-2) won only two of his first 13 fights, with defeats coming against the likes of Dillian Whyte, Kash Ali and Gary Cornish. Starting out as a journeymen, he has since refocused his efforts, and has improved dramatically under the watchful eye of Gavin Lane at the Barum Boxing Club in Barnstaple. Only Whyte and Nathan Gorman have stopped him in his career. Tipped as a dangerous darkhorse.

Representing Manchester on this heavyweight show is ABC southpaw Chris Healey (8-6) who has been dogged by injury after winning six of his first seven professional fights, but the 31-year-old is keen to show he’s back to his best after major back surgery, and the loss of his father in 2016. His last two defeats have been against fellow UB6 contenders Mark Bennett and Jonathan Palata.

 

INFORMATION:

Tickets go on general sale Tuesday 15th October at 9am.