Mickey Helliet's Hellraiser Blog | Elliot Matthews & Hellraising the Stakes
Mickey Helliet brings big news about one of his fighters, talks Hellraiser's current success and goes over the Ward vs Kovalev 2 fallout.
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I’ll begin this week with some great news for one of my fighters, Elliott Matthews, who has been made mandatory for the English middleweight title. This is great news for Elliott, who I’ve managed and promoted for his whole career. I’m over the moon for him. I was at the Brentwood Centre to see the rematch between Lee Markham and Joe Mullender.
I’ve talked in my video blog about the fight, which Mullender won; I felt his work rate sealed it for him. Elliott is a good fighter, he’s not unbeaten (19-0-1) for no reason, and he’s a come forward type of guy like Joe. It’s going to be a great fight, and I believe we’ll see yet another Hellraiser fighter crowned as champion.
Elliott’s breakthrough news is just one of a number of good things happening for my guys. A lot of the fighters who have come through the Hellraiser system are getting big opportunities, and there will be more to come for sure! We’ve now got Darryll Williams who is English super-middle champion, he’s going to go on to big things, Asinia Byfield is Southern Area super-welter champion and defends against stand-out amateur, Sammy McNess in a few weeks. Asinia is a heavy underdog but will deal with McNess in my opinion, and move on to bigger things too!
Robin Dupre is getting his shot at the Southern Area cruiserweight title if he beats Spiros Demetriou in their eliminator which was originally scheduled for July 15th. It’s a big test but again, one Robin is ready for and definitely capable of winning. The progress these fighters are making are the result of years of hard work, both by the fighters themselves and their teams, I've invested time and money into all of them, making sure that they have boxed regularly and matching them properly and then getting them the correct exposure at the right time. I’m very proud of Team Hellraiser at the moment. The hard work has come to fruition, and we’ll keep pushing for more. Inevitably, there have been a few ups and downs, promoting boxing can be a stressful business, you often feel like you want to pull your hair out! Although even at the cost of my hair it’s been worth it!
Over to Las Vegas, and the main support on the Ward vs Kovalev 2 card at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, a place I’ve fond memories of, was a bit of a mess. At the end of the first round Guillermo Rigondeaux landed a big shot which was clearly after the bell I thought. Moises Flores, the challenger, went down and didn’t beat the count. The referee Vic Drakulich looked like he was going to award the disqualification but then seemed to me to change his mind.
It was bizarre. Rigondeaux should never have thrown a punch after the bell irrespective of whether his opponent was provoking him.
What he did is against the rules and he jeopardised a fight he looked to be winning. Incidents like this make boxing look bad, and if either of the fighters were one of mine think I'd have been pretty vocal!
In my video blog last week I predicted that Andre Ward would adapt and beat Sergei Kovalev on points. I was right on that front. I think if it hadn’t been for the low blows Kovalev may have lasted the distance, but he was fading and Ward was taking over. It was an interesting fight to watch but I’m not sure there’s much desire for a third match, except from Kovalev and team. It will be interesting to see what Ward's next move will be after his coach Virgil Hunter. Ward fighting AJ would be financially the best move but he ain't winning! AJ weighed 250 pounds in his last fight, Ward weighed in 75 pounds below that last Friday. It's too much.
Posted: 20th Jun 2017
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