Perhaps the most well-known boxer in the tournament due to his fight with Dave Allen, Nick Webb believes Ultimate Boxxer will bring out his best.
On Friday 13th December, eight Heavyweights compete over 3 x 3 minute rounds in Manchester. Webb takes on Chris Healey in the quarter-finals.
Here we profile the 32 year old, who's one of the bookmakers' favourites:
Born: Born in Chertsey, lives in Weybridge
Record: 13-2-0, 11 wins by KO
Height: 6ft 5ins
Nickname: Wild Webb. Grandfather had the same nickname, was a bare-knuckle fighter.
Family: Mum (Wendy) and partner Lorena Legler.
Other sports played: Track and Field, notably discus and shot-put which he represented England at as a youngster.
What attracted you to boxing: Was encouraged to fight by his Grandad as a schoolboy, but spurned the chance to do so, choosing only to learn when he died when Nick was 20. By his own admission, wasn’t totally committed to the sport when he first started, but had a natural talent.
Amateur career: Operated out of the Woking ABC, trained by Dave Oliver and Mark Morrison. He had 27 amateur fights, won 22 and lost 5. Was an ABA Finalist in 2013.
Set-up: Nick was persuaded to turn professional by Scott ‘The Brighton Rock’ Welch, the former UK ABA Heavyweight Champion and WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, who would often hand out advice and training suggestions. Nick splits his time between Scott’s gym in Brighton and the Guildford City Boxing Club, under the tutelage of John Edwards and Mark Morrison.
Career thus far: Won his first 12 pro fights, before succumbing to Dave Allen in the British Heavyweight Championship eliminator in the summer of 2018. He rebounded to KO Welshman Dorian Darch, but was then was KOd himself by Kamil Sokolowski and hasn’t fought in 2019. Says that before the Dave Allen fight, he felt he was invincible and could take punishment, but the defeat showed otherwise and proved that his defensive skills needed to be improved considerably. Despite the victory over Darch, Nick didn’t feel he had mentally recovered well enough after the Allen setback, which came to the fore with the defeat against Sokolowski. Time out of the ring has helped him to sharpen focus and come back stronger and more prepared. Previously had signed contracts to fight Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman, but fights never materialized.
Describe your style: ‘I’m explosive, and have good punching ability as shown by my professional record so far, but I also like to think I can move and I’m good on my feet.’
Thoughts on Ultimate Boxxer 6? ‘I went to the Light-Heavyweights at the O2 in London, and I was a big fan it. So, when the opportunity came up to compete in the Heavyweights for UB6, it was a straightforward decision. The three rounds will suit me because of my power, but also because I’m an entertaining fighter - that’s what I’ll bring on December 13th.
Interesting info: Grew up in leafy Surrey, endured racism as a schoolboy in a predominantly white area. ‘It was difficult growing up as a black kid in that environment, and there was only me and my friend Jason who were the only black kids in our year. My Mum ended up taking me out of primary school and moving me - she’d come up to school to pick me up, and saw me surrounded by 6-10 white kids, and me trying to fight them all off. Even the teachers were a bit racist, and when I told them about it they just told me to get on with it.'