Heavyweight Nick Webb has spoken of the hardships that fighters go through as he prepares to fight this Friday in the heavyweight version of Ultimate Boxxer 6 on BT Sport.
The 32-year-old is part of the latest talent in the series of which 8 fighters battle it out to be crowned the Ultimate Boxxer and win a share of the £50k prize pool.
The Surrey-based hard-hitter sits with a record of 13 wins, 11 coming within the distance and just two losses, with Chris Healey set to be his latest test on Friday night in Manchester.
After a promising start to his career, losses to the likes of Dave Allen and then fellow UB6 competitor Kamil Sokolowski, in what was meant to be a routine fight, has seen his career stutter recently.
However with his eyes firmly set on the coveted Golden Robe on Friday evening, ‘Wild Webb’ has spoken glowingly of the competition set-up.
He said: “I don’t think people realise how hard it is for boxers coming up in the sport.
“When fans see the shows and the lights they think that it’s all that and the fighters are part of it.
“What they don’t see is the sacrifices we make, the strain it puts on your family or your partner.
“People don’t see that, they don’t see the hours we put in, the stress we go through for ticket sales and loss of earnings at work.
“Most boxers are in the same boat as me, I grew up in a council house with my family and I have fought for everything I have.
“That’s why things like the Ultimate Boxxer are so important for the sport, you can have a prospect that can’t shift tickets in, ready to do their thing because they don’t have to worry about ticket pressure.
“I really can’t speak highly enough of it, when you go through what fighters go through with the training, missing parties, letting friend’s down for different things, to have something like this is great.
“I just hope more promoters take note because they are showing that it works. I said to my team when the opportunity came up to fight live on BT Sport I can take my career back to where it needs to be.”
Ultimate Boxxer will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and the BT Sport YouTube Channel at 8pm on 13th December. Tickets are nearly sold out, the last remaining are available at www.ultimateboxxer.com