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.