|(Due to an overseas training camp, Damian Chambers was represented by his trainer Matthew Hatton, seen here on the right next to Chambers’ opponent Matt Sen)
The final quarter-final will see Matt Sen face local boy, Mancunian Damian Chambers, a match that Crolla believes could be the most explosive of the four, and renowned trainer Matthew Hatton – who was representing Chambers at the press conference while his charge trained abroad – was happy to place the weight of expectation on his fighter’s sizeable shoulders.
‘This is a great opportunity for Damian – he’s not very experienced, but he’s never lost a fight in his amateur days or in the seven professional fights he’s had. I don’t let my kids watch some of his knockouts, because they’re frightening! He’s a quality fighter. I put fighters into events like this expecting them to win, and this is no different,’ said Hatton, a former European Welterweight title holder himself.
Birmingham-pugilist Sen, who listened keenly to Hatton’s appraisal of his fighter, insisted that he was ready to put on a show for those coming to fight night and also made light of his former bodybuilding background when it came to the sweet science of boxing.
‘They’re totally different sports. When it comes to strength and power, when someone’s punching you in the face, it doesn’t matter how much you can deadlift or squat! But for me, it’s all about entertainment. There are some great fighters here, and I’m really happy to be here, but I’m in it to win it and people are spending their hard-earned money to come and support, so I want to put on some great entertainment on the night. There’s no better place than being in the ring and getting it on,’ said the 31-year-old.
Speaking to media after the conclusion of the draw, live on BT Sport, Ultimate Boxxer founder Benjamin Shalom was pleased with how the fights had unfolded.
‘We’ve got eight fighters in great shape, all ready to go, and we’ve got four incredible fights to start off the night on July 19. We have an incredibly-exciting product here at Ultimate Boxxer – it’s fast, aggressive, but also potentially life-changing for whoever wins it. And that’s what we had in mind when we developed the concept – we want to give casual and seasoned fight fans a brilliant night, but also change the way people think about this great sport. We want the best to rise to the top, and that’s what we believe Ultimate Boxxer can do.’