Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Matty Askin Looking To Raise His Profile at Cruiserweight

By John Evans

As boxing weight class names go, cruiserweight takes some beating. Look up the word ‘cruiser’ in the Oxford English Dictionary and the result gets the pulse racing;

Cruiser - noun
1 a relatively fast warship larger than a destroyer and less heavily armed than a battleship.

A boxing weight class named after agile, armed war machines! Surely the division is packed with quick, powerful fighters engaging in exciting battles? Well………

The word ‘cruise’ on the other hand conjures up an entirely different image, one of long, lazy days spent drifting along aimlessly. Sadly for British fight fans the domestic 200lb division seems to have done its best to live up (or down?) to the more peaceful scenario in recent years.

Thankfully, one man has set his targets on disrupting that placid scene.  Blackpool’s Matty Askin began the year as one of Sky Sports ’11 for 2011’ and has continued to improve and impress in equal measure. Now unbeaten in 12 starts with 8 early finishes, Hatton Promotions fighter Askin has seen both his profile and ranking rise this year. He claimed his first professional title when beating the previously unbeaten Neil Dawson for the central area belt in March and his fights have been screened on a variety of channels.

“I'm very happy with my performances and the way the year has gone” said the 22 year old when talking to BoxingScene.com. “I could have maybe had a couple more fights as three a year isn't enough but I seem to be getting a lot more exposure which is great and after being on Eurosport I had a few people from different countries sending me emails which was good”.

Askins latest victory came against the vastly more experienced Czech Roman Kracik. Performing in front of a live national audience on Sky Sports, the 2008 ABA champion dominated from the outset, picked his shots well and stopped his man with a right uppercut to the nose in the third round. Although he was forced to eat a couple of sharp counters in the second, it was generally one way traffic. 

“I don't know if it was my best performance but it was the definitely the most relaxed I've felt in the ring” said the 6ft 4in tall Askin. “I've watched the fight back and there's of couple minor things I need to work on and will get them done when back in the gym with Bob (Shannon, Askins trainer)”.

There may not be much time to iron out the wrinkles. The paucity of talent amongst the domestic ranks coupled with Askin’s swift progress means that he can expect some kind of title shot in the early part of 2012. Far from being apprehensive about his shot possibly coming reasonably early in his career, Askin is relishing the opportunity to meet the best the division may have to offer.

“The domestic scene at the minute is wide open and especially for someone like me that's entertaining and makes fights interesting” he states confidently. “I feel I could do quite well and pick up a few titles. I think my style is enjoyable to watch, I throw good shots and I can also dig a bit so it will always be exciting watching me”.

Yes, that’s correct. You just read the word exciting in an article about a British cruiserweight. With Ola Afolabi having long departed these shores and Enzo Maccarinelli dropping to light heavyweight, the British rankings have long been inhabited by the likes of new British champion Leon Williams, veteran Terry Dunstan and long time domestic king Rob Norton. Whilst all are decent accomplished pros, none set the pulse racing. The recent British title fight between Williams and Norton was a major disappointment and Askin isn’t shy about stating his intentions.

“If I'm honest domestically in Britain there isn't a lot out there but there are fights that I will have to have to prove that I'm the best. The Williams v Norton fight was pathetic and I think anyone that watched it would agree. I just hope I get that British title shot early next year” he says.

Hatton Promotions seem to be a growing force. Ryan Rhodes and Matthew Hatton have both found themselves in big fights recently and middleweight Martin Murray is the next to step up when he travels to Germany in December to take on Felix Sturm. The link up with Germany could be a good sign for Askin, whilst cruiserweights are struggling in the UK, they are big business on the continent and a few impressive victories could see him move quickly. 

“I never look beyond the next fight and for now, the British is what’s in my sights. If the chance comes along to fight for an even bigger title then I would grab that opportunity with both hands” he says. ”For a cruiserweight, Germany is the place to be. They always have a lot of cruiserweights fighting over there and its where all the big cruiserweight fights take place. I admire Steve Cunningham. He always boxes well and always comes away from America to fight in Germany which is brave and always a hard thing to do”.

The country is crying out for one of the cruiserweights to unleash their heavy artillery and grab the public’s imagination. Maybe ‘The Assassin’ from Lancashire will prove to be the one to command and conquer his rivals.

Tags: Matty Askin image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Dmitry Bivol Pounds, Stops Robert Berridge in Four Rounds Tony Bellew: I Want To Be Out Of Boxing Within 12 Months Izu Ugonoh on Signing His Deal With Al Haymon Wilder Aims To Send Message With Statement KO of Washington Jacobs' Adviser: Golovkin Will Pay on 3/18 for Canelo Negotiations Chavez Jr: Canelo Alvarez is Afraid of Gennady Golovkin! Frank Warren: I Strongly Fancy Walsh To Beat Gervonta Davis Braekhus Feels Refreshed With New Team, Plans For Showcase Joe Ham To Fight For Belt On Burns vs. Indongo Card De La Hoya: Canelo Would Beat Mayweather 'Easy' in Rematch! Luke Campbell Hopes To Get a Crack at Mikey Garcia's Title Chavez: I've Fought Better Opponents Than Canelo, I Can't Lose! Angel Garcia and The New York State Athletic Commission Horn's Promoter Will Wait To See How Pacquiao-Khan Plays Out Sullivan Barrera Denies Receiving Contract For Beterbiev Fight Arum Skeptical of $38M Offer to Bring Pacquiao-Khan to the UAE Roy Jones Jr. Wants Anderson Silva on Mayweather-McGregor NSAC Director Doubts Canelo-Chavez "Bet" Will Push Through Pacquiao Announces He is Negotiating With Khan for Next Fight Photo: Dmitry Bivol vs. Robert Berridge – Official Weigh-In Sanchez Adjusts Golovkin's Sparring Schedule For Jacobs Fight Emmanuel Rodriguez-Omar Narvaez Moves To March 11 SHO Bill Photos: Deontay Wilder, Gerald Washington Open Workouts Haye Wants Steel Fence To Avoid Violent Bust-Up With Bellew Miguel Flores Makes No Excuses After TKO Loss To Dat Nguyen Canelo: Chavez Jr. Accepted Our Bet, He Better Honor It After Loss! Shannon Briggs vs. Fres Oquendo Deal is Reached Oner: Avni Yildirim Too Strong, Will Take Teeth of David Benavides Adrian Granados Will Be Back on Showtime, Says Manager Cautious Chavez Certain He’ll Make 164.5 for Canelo Fight Michael Perez vs. Marcelino Lopez Tops ESPN2 Bill on April 20 Broner-Granados Fight Peaked at 859,000 Viewers on Showtime Canelo Plans To Vacate WBO Title, Fight at 160 - After Chavez Bout Joe Gallagher: Liam Smith Expects Tough Fight With Williams Izu Ugonoh: I Have To Be at My Best To Beat Dominic Breazeale Chavez Expects to Enter Ring at 180; Canelo Not Concerned DiBella: Unlike Wilder-Wawrzyk, 'Nervous' About Wilder-Washington Chavez: Canelo Picked Me Over GGG For 'Easier Fight, More Money' Gavin McDonnell: I'll Do Whatever it Takes To Beat Rey Vargas Izu Ugonoh Aims To Make a Statement in Big Career Showcase
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement