A local boxer is celebrating after he won his first professional title last month.
Elliott Matthews was crowned the English Middleweight Champion at York Hall in Bethnal Green on December 1 with a unanimous points decision against previously unbeaten prospect Grant Dennis.
Elliott said he was delighted to secure the title. He was sponsored by, amongst others, Gibbs Gillespie, which has 15 offices, including a branch in Rickmansworth.
Elliott told RICKYnews he was thrilled all his hard work had paid off.
He said: “I’m over the moon – it’s been a really positive thing, a big step in my career and will lead to bigger fights in 2018.”
Elliott, 36, has been boxing for 20 years and only turned professional six years ago.
He said: “The feeling in the Hall was tense and it was an ecstatic moment hearing my name announced as the winner. I stuck to the game plan and left him in shock. I’d describe it as a boxing masterclass
“I’m having a long break to recharge and I’ll discuss what’s on the table with the team in January. My manager says the phone hasn’t stopped ringing! It’s going to be an amazing 2018, the last training camp worked well and I can’t wait for the next one.”
Elliott praised Marc Prior, his new manager and said he was delighted to have won a title in his first fight under his stewardship.
He said: “He got me a title so the move makes sense and feels absolutely right. I’m having a Christmas break and considering my options for 2018. I’m thrilled to have won a professional title and that it paid off – not many people thought it would.
“I’d like to thank my team for all the hours they’ve sacrificed and my local sponsors Gibbs Gillespie, Elevated Access Scaffolding, David Lloyd Northwood, Watford F.C. and mindbodyretreats.com for investing in my career. And lastly I’d like to thank my loyal supporters for their continued belief and encouragement on my boxing journey.”
Photo credit – Danny Clifford