Rewind Review: Rhasian Earlington - I Won That Fight!
As the curtain closed on Ultimate Boxxer 4, and the plaudits swirled around Mikael Lawal’s crunching finish of Damian Chambers, Rhasian Earlington was left to wonder whether that should have been him.
Clearly weary from his brutal match up with Earlington, Chambers provided little test for the eventual winner Lawal, but the eyebrows raised had come in the previous bout, as Team Earlington felt they had done enough to surpass being knocked down and progress to the final.
To say it was close was an understatement. Surviving a barrage of punches from Earlington, who flowed seamlessly from body to head and back again, Damian Chambers deserved immense credit for not going to ground when visibly shaken.
Still Earlington came forward, relentlessly putting the beat down on the Dukinfield man, however ultimately falling short.
Despite failure in the cruiserweight 3 round war, Earlington had already done enough to win the sold out crowd over in Manchester. Retiring the legend Tony Conquest, in the (then) fastest ever time recorded for an Ultimate Boxxer stoppage, Earlington had gripped the TV audiences as well as those in the arena.
Whereas as some may strut after the destruction of an early favourite, his claim he was “still scared of being punched in the face” alongside a charismatic fighting style, won fans of opposition fighters over, those fans who are now keen to see where his career goes from here.
Cruiserweight Rhasian Earlington looks back over his career high at Ultimate Boxxer, relives the moments that defined the night and in one sentence both wishes Damian Chambers luck in his upcoming Central Area title fight, and calls him out!
Shepherd’s Bush destroyer enhances reputation after a gripping night of action
From living on the streets of Lagos, begging for food to survive, Mikael Lawal’s incredible journey in boxing continues to captivate fight fans as he further cemented his credentials as one of the most up and coming fighters in the UK Cruiserweight division after he emerged victorious as the Ultimate Boxxer IV Golden Robe winner at the Altrincham Ice Arena.
Live on BT Sport, and in front of a sold-out crowd of fans and celebrities, the MansionBet pre-tournament favourite Lawal did not disappoint and dismissed the challenge of hometown-boy Damian Chambers with a sickening left-hand in the first-round of the final, following an explosive night of boxing, which saw Paulie Malignaggi, Anthony Crolla and Dave Coldwell all providing expert analysis throughout.
An emotional-Lawal spoke to the assembled media after his incredible victory.
‘I still can’t believe it, even when I knew they’d made the favourite before, I knew I had to keep it together, one job at a time. The win puts my name out there, and a lot of people are going to be looking out for me. It’s so emotional for me, it’s been a hard journey – it’s hard to balance work and training, but then this is the reward. I’ve come a long way, I’m so happy, but there’s so much more to come,’ said Lawal, who also thanked Team Sauerland and Phenom Boxing.
Despite the torrential rain, fans flocked to the intimate venue and, following an entertaining undercard, witnessed Lawal dispatch the awkward Antony Woolery by majority decision in his quarter-final, before seeing off the battle-ready Scotsman David Jamieson who had himself scrapped past Dan Cooper in a tight affair.
Waiting in the final for the 23-year-old, Sauerland fighter Lawal was the irresistible challenge of Chambers, after he had flattened Matt Sen in his opening clash. However, the Manchester protégé of Matthew Hatton certainly did not have it all his own way in last-four encounter, with youngster Rhasian Earlington refusing to yield despite a first-round knockdown courtesy of a powerful right hand. Earlington – who had to crowdfund funds for a brain scan last month – had dropped former European Champion Tony Conquest inside a round in his first fight of the night to set-up the clash with Chambers.
The 21-year-old, stormed back into the contest in the second round, going hard to the body of Chambers and finding his opponent’s face with regularity too, opening up a cut under his left eye in what was three minutes of ferocious action. Chambers, wobbled, straightened, but crucially was not knocked down in what BT Sport analyst Steve Bunce described as ‘the best round of boxing we’ve seen so far in all four Ultimate Boxxer tournaments.’
Chambers’ ability to retain his composure under the instructions of cornerman Hatton proved to be vital when it came to the judges’ scores after what was – by the standards of what had came before – a slightly more sedate third round. The 30-year-old was awarded the victory on a unanimous decision, but after the most physically-intense contest of the night, he was in a race against time to recover before Lawal would emerge, snarling from his dressing room.
The crowd showed their backing for Chambers with vociferous vocal support at what was a highly, charged, atmospheric occasion, but Lawal blocked out the noise and went to work. And after trading shots early on, the Lagos-born Lawal sent Chambers plummeting to the canvas with a huge left hand with 1m34s on the clock in the first. There was to be no climbing off the canvas for Chambers, and Lawal – who was once forced to beg for food as a homeless as a teenager in Nigeria – was now the Ultimate Boxxer IV champion and a few rungs further up the division ladder with his record now standing at 12 wins from 12 fights, and a Catax-sponsored cheque for a cool £16,000 in the bank.
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Also a former professional rugby professional for Leicester Tigers, Cooper is unbeaten in eight fights. Formerly trained at the famous Ingle academy in Sheffield, Cooper is now benefiting under the tutelage of Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders knowledgable trainer Ben Davison.
Tony “The Conqueror” Conquest
From: Romford, Essex Record: 18-3-0 KO’s: 6
The most experienced of the UB contenders, Conquest is a former Commonwealth, WBO International and Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion in a 21-fight and ten year career. He’ll be throwing everything he’s got into his final shot at the big-time.
Mikael “The Beast” Lawal
From: Shepherds Bush, London Record: 9-0-0 KO’s: 6
The undefeated Londoner packs dynamite in his fists with six of his nine opponents going early and four of them have come inside three rounds! His explosive style could take advantage of the three fights, 3 x 3 minute round, UB format. Well travelled with fights in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Riga, Lawal is the dangerman in UB.
Another sledge-hammer hitter, Chambers is out to do damage from the first bell with all four of his knockouts coming inside the first round. Nothing fancy with Chambers, he just comes forward and throws bombs. One things for sure he bring knockouts and excitement.
From: London Record: 19-12-0
Matt “Slugger” Sen
From: Wolverhampton Record: 6-1-0 KO’s: 1
Strong and powerful, Sen, a former bodybuilder aims to use his freakish strength to out-muscle his rivals and charge him to victory. With six fights under his belt, Sen will be a real handful for the field.
From: Newcastle-under-Lyme, England Record: 5-0-0 KO’s: 1
Undefeated in five fights, Rhasian is a fast rising prospect who has been marked out as a special talent. His coaches are so enamoured with his fast hands and feet and hard-punching that they have given the 21-year-old the nickname “Siany Baby Ali” after The Greatest Muhammad Ali. Ultimate Boxxer is the stage where Rhasian can really shine.
ULTIMATE BOXXER IV POWERS INTO THE CRUISERWEIGHT DIVISION
One-night elimination tournament heads to Manchester, on Friday 19th July, live on BT Sport from the ICE Arena, Altrincham
Eight highly rated 200lb power-punching contenders fight it out for Ultimate Boxxer glory. Fighters announced.
LONDON, UK – 24 MAY 2019
ULTIMATE BOXXER, Britain’s first boxing entertainment brand, returns for a night packed with excitement, adrenaline and unmissable raw action when it presents its heaviest weight division yet: The Cruiserweights on Friday 19th July in Manchester, at the Altrincham ICE Arena
UBIV, sponsored by MansionBet, will be televised exclusively live on BT Sport 1 and the dedicated boxing channel BoxNation as well as for free on BT’s Sport’s Youtube. .
Following the thrilling middleweight event in London, UBIV powers into the red-hot Cruiserweight division for potentially its most explosive tournament yet.
The cruiserweight division has become a firm fan-favourite in recent years, mixing heavyweight power with light-heavyweight speed and delivering some of the most explosive and entertaining action-packed fights.
ULTIMATE BOXXER features eight highly ranked fighters from around the UK who will battle their way through the tournament starting in four quarter finals of 3 x 3 minute rounds; two semi-finals and one final in one to determine the winner who will win the large share of the prize money; a promotional deal and be catapulted up the domestic ratings.
The action in the ring is combined with live music, star-studded talent and entertainment for a next generation spectacle.
The eight cruiserweight contenders ready to fight it out in UBIV are:
1. Dan Cooper, Ruskington, England, 7-0-1, 2 KO’s Also a former professional rugby professional for Leicester Tigers, Cooper is unbeaten in eight fights. Formerly trained at the famous Ingle academy in Sheffield, Cooper is now benefiting under the tutelage of Tyson Fury and Billy Joe Saunders knowledgable trainer Ben Davison.
2. Tony “The Conqueror” Conquest, Romford, Essex, 18-3-0, 6 KO’s The most experienced of the UB contenders, Conquest is a former Commonwealth, WBO International and Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion in a 21-fight and ten year career. He’ll be throwing everything he’s got into his final shot at the big-time.
3. Mikael “The Beast” Lawal, Shepherds Bush, London, 9-0-0, 6 KO’s The undefeated Londoner packs dynamite in his fists with six of his nine opponents going early and four of them have come inside three rounds! His explosive style could take advantage of the three fights, 3 x 3 minute round, UB format. Well travelled with fights in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Riga, Lawal is the dangerman in UB.
4. Damian “Chambo” Chambers, Dukinfield, Lancashire, 7-0-0, 4 KO’s Another sledge-hammer hitter, Chambers is out to do damage from the first bell with all four of his knockouts coming inside the first round. Nothing fancy with Cambers, he just comes forward and throws bombs. One things for sure he bring knockouts and excitement.
5. Michael “Webba” Webster, Middlesborough, 1-0-0 The least experienced in the line up but could spring the biggest surprise with his unknown quantity. He’s the biggest competitor coming in at 6ft 6in. Making his pro-debut in March with a victory, Webster will be going all out to make his name as UBIV winner.
6. Matt “Slugger” Sen, Wolverhampton, 6-1-0, 1 KO Strong and powerful, Sen, a former bodybuilder aims to use his freakish strength to out-muscle his rivals and charge him to victory. With six fights under his belt, Sen will be a real handful for the field.
7. Rhasian Earlington, Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, 5-0-0, 1 KO Undefeated in five fights, Rhasian is a fast rising prospect who has been marked out as a special talent. His coaches are so enamoured with his fast hands and feet and hard-punching that they have given the 21-year-old the nickname “Siany Baby Ali” after The Greatest Muhammad Ali. Ultimate Boxxer is the stage where Rhasian can really shine.
8. Mike “Magic” McKay, Llandyrnog, Wales, 3-0-0 Fire-fisted Welshman McKay is the joint tallest at 6ft 4in and the former England Karate International fighter is looking to blast his way to the top of Ultimate Boxxer. He aims to emulate Wales’ former World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli.
Ben Shalom, founder of ULTIMATE BOXXER, said, “Carl Greaves [Ultimate Boxxer matchmaker] has put together a brilliant card which is going to guarantee fireworks…definitely the most exciting card to date. The cruiserweight division needs this right now with a huge amount of talent all over the country. We’re looking forward to a special night in Manchester.’