Mark Bennett vs Kamil Sokolowski

Unbeaten Mark Bennett in risky fight with heavyweight record-breaker

Published On Friday, November 9, 2018By British Boxing News

Unbeaten Mark Bennett in risky fight with Sokolowski

Sokolowski has ruined the record of five heavyweights so far in his four-year career

JE Promotions’ heavyweight hope Mark Bennett (2-0) tackles dangerous Kamil Sokolowski (5-13-2) in a four-round heavyweight contest Saturday night on JE Promotions' six-fight 'Trailblazers' card in association with Scott Calow Boxing at the North Notts Arena in Worksop.

Bennett, 31 from Edlington, is in a hurry to get to the top-10 in the thriving domestic heavyweight division where David Price, Dave Allen and Daniel Dubois occupy the opening spots.

Barnstaple-based Polishman Sokolowski, despite his losing record, is as tough as they come. He only steps into the ring against the biggest names and his resume backs that up entirely. He defeated 4-0 heavyweight prospect Adam Machaj on his debut in September 2014 from the away corner. He then took on an 11-0 Dillian Whyte in his second pro bout, stopped in the third round of a scheduled six, just days before Christmas in the same year.

He then lost eight fights in a row as a journeyman against big names such as two-time British title contender Gary Cornish, British and Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton, Central Area titlist Kash Ali, unbeaten Nathan Gorman, and Southern Area champ Dominic Akinlade.

His last loss was a second fight with Ricky Hatton-trained Nathan Gorman (13-0) taking the heavyweight prospect the distance over eight-rounds just last month. Prior to that in September, he ruined 5-0 Naylor Ball’s record by dropping him in the second and third rounds before his corner threw in the towel. He hasn't been stopped in his last 11 contests against opposition with a combined total of 107-13, which includes British and Commonwealth heavyweight hero David Price.

Brave ‘Bad News’ Bennett has voiced his desire, even before his professional debut, about moving up the rankings rapidly which he managed to do in his last fight when he destroyed Welshman Dorian Darch (12-7-1) in two.

The Doncaster puncher took just four-and-a-half minutes to dispatch of the 34-year-old from Aberdare despite his vaster ring experience. The performance took just a few seconds longer than unified world champion Anthony Joshua and the new English heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois managed when they both finished Darch in 51 seconds into the second-round of their respective meetings.

The Welshman wasn’t shy, he came out of his corner all guns blazing to make the opening round an exciting heavyweight battle that lifted fight fans out of their seats. The home fighter stamped his authority early on and ended matters midway through the second segment with heavy flurries that Darch couldn’t find an answer for.

‘Bad News’ only started boxing at the advanced age of 27 but quickly rose through the unlicensed ranks to win titles. He made his successful transition from the untested unlicensed scene into the pro ranks last November against Hungarian Ferenc Zsalek (21-62-6) on points but picked up an unfortunate injury that kept him on the side-lines since.

The fomer unlicensed champion describes himself as an explosive puncher and is currently rated by BoxRec as 21 in the heavyweight rankings - five places below his next opponent.

Stablemates Dylan Clegg (1-0); Sonny Price (4-0); Darren Snow (5-27-1); and Lenny Fuller (3-0) also appear on the bill.

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