Exclusive: Dec Spelman talks Ultimate Boxxer ‘fresh start’
Dec Spelman is looking to use the Ultimate Boxer competition to create a fresh start for himself after a turbulent year.
The Ultimate Boxer is back for a second time, this time in the light heavyweight division, after the first event was a big success.
The latest competition will take place on November 2nd, at the Indigo O2 in London and Spelman who will be featuring this time around, discussed the format and his chances.
“The format will be great for me. It’s right up my street. It’ll be like the early on in my career when I was fighting four-rounders. I was wiping people out in one or two rounds, because I didn’t have to leave anything in the tank.” Spelman exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I watched the first one. Carl my coach is kind of involved in it in a certain way. He got whispers that they were doing one at light heavy after the first one because that was a success.
“I said straight away that this is something I really want. After a lot of ups and downs this year it’s something to get me back in the picture again and get me in the top ten.” He added.
It has been a tough year for Spelman, who was unfortunately involved in one of British boxing’s worst tragedies.
After his points loss against Scott Westgarth, Westgarth collapsed in his changing room and passed away in hospital.
The competition is a chance for ‘Kid Nytro’ to get a fresh start and get his boxing career back on track.
“Obviously I won’t forget what’s happened. And now this is a fresh start and a chance to do something positive. Whenever I fight I will have Scott’s name on my shorts, but this is a big opportunity for me,” Spelman stated.
There is a £16,000 prize pot the winner of the tournament, which Spelman admits did have a part to play in his accepting of the invitation.
“At the minute I’m working as well as training and I can use this money to get myself to being a full time professional, which has been a dream of mine ever since I first started boxing. That’s my motivation, as well as the opportunities what will come from it.” He said.
Whilst there is a cash prize for the winner, Spelman also thinks that it is a good opportunity to get himself back in the domestic mix.
“Whatever titles come up! It would be great to win the English title. I’m not going to get ahead of myself, I still want that English belt, but if I get an offer for the British I’ll take it, anything to get my name out there.
“I turn 26 this year, I’ve been pro just coming up five years now, and it’s been a frustrating five years to be honest. It started so well, but I had a year out through injury, and obviously the tragedy with Scott, and this can catapult myself up to where I want to be.”
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93