Former soldier Mark Bennett admits he won't be the best technician at Ultimate Boxxer 6, but believes his heart and courage make him a dangerous man.
On Friday 13th December, eight Heayvweights face off over 3 x 3 minute rounds in Manchester, battling for a £50 prize fund.
Read our profile of 'Bad News' below:
From: From Kent but has been in Dunsville, Doncaster, since he was six months old.
Age: 31, will be 32 at the start of UB6.
Record: 5-0, one win by KO (Undefeated in entire career as a professional and unlicensed fighter).
Height: 6ft 5ins
Nickname: Bad News
Family: Partner Kia and children Taliah (girl 10), Miah, (girl 8) Rory (boy 4), with a fourth (another boy) arriving on November 23rd!
Other sports played: Played rugby union to a high standard, operating as second-row, representing Otley (who produced England stars Nigel Melville and Danny Care) at a semi-professional level, and also represented the Combined Service at U23, and the Army too.
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What attracted you to boxing: ‘I’d always been a bit of a scrapper, and I was working as a doorman in Doncaster town centre and someone suggested doing charity boxing, I did ok and then entered the unlicensed scene.’
Amateur career: Bennett started boxing late, having his first fight at the age of 27, but had one charity fight and eight unlicensed fights. In his professional and unlicensed career, he has never lost a bout.
Set-up: Trains at Ludos Magnus Gym in Doncaster, coached by John Popplewell and Neil Wain, but also trains at Fighting Fit with Michael White.
Career thus far: A ferocious puncher, who lists Roy Jones Jr as his favourite fighter, Bennett has already beaten good opposition in Hungarian Heavyweight Champion Ferenc Zsalek, Dorian Darch, Kamil Sokolowski and ABA finalist Chris Healey.
Describe your style: ‘Coming to boxing late means I’m quite raw, and I know I won’t be the best boxer in the tournament. But I’m tough, I’ve got a lot of heart and I’m very come-forward, heavy-hitting and game for a fight.’
Thoughts on Ultimate Boxxer 6? ‘I’ve watched them all from the start, I love the concept, everyone comes to fight and I like people who have that same attitude as I do, and ultimately I want to test myself and UB will certainly give me that platform.’
Interesting info: Joined the army upon leaving school at 16 in 2004, serving with the Fifth Regiment Artillery. He was deployed to serve on a tour of Afghanistan in 2008, but was medically-discharged after becoming partially deaf in his left ear during combat operations. He returned home in March 2009, but by his own admission has struggled to become accustomed to civilian life and find a job that works for him. Currently works on the railways, but had been a tarmac man for the previous six years, and also completed a plumbing qualification.