Southampton boxer Matty misses out on big title fight

Matty Tew

Matty Tew

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Devastated Matty Tew has seen his big title shot fall through after failing to make the weight.

The Southampton lightweight was forced to pull out of tonight’s televised clash with Ruben Movsesian for the vacant International Masters strap after finally admitting defeat in his bid to hit his target for a day before weigh-in.

It is a massive blow for Tew who has earned the contest the hard way, notching up 11 wins from 11 fights.

However, the fighter insists he will learn from it and come back stronger.

He said: “I am absolutely gutted.

“I thought the last pounds would come off easily but it just wasn’t happening.

“It’s been a big learning curve for me.

“I’ve been making weight in boxing since I was ten-years-old but to tell the truth it has got harder as I’ve got older. I’m 30 next month and it’s certainly got a lot harder rather than any easier.

“My body just didn’t want me to lose those last pounds. I’m gutted about it.

“I will go up to London next week to sit down face-to-face with my manager Mickey Helliet and see if I can get this fight again.

“It might be that I won’t get the television exposure if it is made again which is so disappointing for me but I will have to accept that.

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9:59am Fri 5 Oct 12

Walter K says...

No sympathy here - should have addressed this bout like it was the biggest fight of his life....instead of just talking about it!
No sympathy here - should have addressed this bout like it was the biggest fight of his life....instead of just talking about it! Walter K
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12:10pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Joe Colyer says...

Walter K, I grew up with this boy and believe me there is no one more dedicated to boxing than he is. Hes won 11 out of 11 fights so far which means being undefeated and he had earned this title fight. Its easy to slate people and be a keyboard warrior, maybe do some research before you get on your high horse! Hes a local Southampton boy so why not show some support rather than being nasty.
Walter K, I grew up with this boy and believe me there is no one more dedicated to boxing than he is. Hes won 11 out of 11 fights so far which means being undefeated and he had earned this title fight. Its easy to slate people and be a keyboard warrior, maybe do some research before you get on your high horse! Hes a local Southampton boy so why not show some support rather than being nasty. Joe Colyer
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12:52pm Fri 5 Oct 12

fieldersd says...

I tottaly agree with Joe, this guy loves the sport and is a dedicated pro, works hard like the rest of us as well as making time for mainting a promising sporting career, he'll learn from this and come back stronger, chin up Tewy!
I tottaly agree with Joe, this guy loves the sport and is a dedicated pro, works hard like the rest of us as well as making time for mainting a promising sporting career, he'll learn from this and come back stronger, chin up Tewy! fieldersd
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1:24pm Mon 8 Oct 12

boxing_nut says...

Come on fellas lets be real here. Only the other week Matty did an interview talking about his sweet tooth then pulls out of a fight because he didn't make the weight! He did himself no favours there!

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Please, please don't bang on that he's undefeated. He has only boxed someone once with a winning record and that was a poor 2W - 1D. In fact if you add his opponents records together it reads 19W-269L-15D so there is the reason that Matty is undefeated - he hasn't fought anyone who has come to win (yet!).

Incidentally I like him, think he's a nice bloke but his career is going nowhere fast, he is in a competitive division and unless his opposition is stepped up soon his career is in danger of never reaching his potenital, when he steps up it may be too late and he'll get stopped.

He doesn't pocess KO power but hes a good slick boxer that will give people fits, hopefully Mickey starts taking him seriously.
Come on fellas lets be real here. Only the other week Matty did an interview talking about his sweet tooth then pulls out of a fight because he didn't make the weight! He did himself no favours there! http://news.boxrec.c om/news/2012/sweet-t oothed-tew-aiming-ma ster-georgian-punche r Please, please don't bang on that he's undefeated. He has only boxed someone once with a winning record and that was a poor 2W - 1D. In fact if you add his opponents records together it reads 19W-269L-15D so there is the reason that Matty is undefeated - he hasn't fought anyone who has come to win (yet!). Incidentally I like him, think he's a nice bloke but his career is going nowhere fast, he is in a competitive division and unless his opposition is stepped up soon his career is in danger of never reaching his potenital, when he steps up it may be too late and he'll get stopped. He doesn't pocess KO power but hes a good slick boxer that will give people fits, hopefully Mickey starts taking him seriously. boxing_nut
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9:39pm Wed 10 Oct 12

jimmy.j says...

If we are being real I would say look at every pros record and you will find the same but you will not find them having the fan base that Matty Tew has you won't find them with the amateur resort that Tew processes
Nor the places he has traveled to box since a young age
And I would say being able to K O somebody with a body shot whilst in danger of being stopped him self for a very deep cut is the veryK O power you are saying he lacks!!

I also believe that Tew will prove his point next time out

And I will finish by saying watch this space
If we are being real I would say look at every pros record and you will find the same but you will not find them having the fan base that Matty Tew has you won't find them with the amateur resort that Tew processes Nor the places he has traveled to box since a young age And I would say being able to K O somebody with a body shot whilst in danger of being stopped him self for a very deep cut is the veryK O power you are saying he lacks!! I also believe that Tew will prove his point next time out And I will finish by saying watch this space jimmy.j
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11:02am Tue 16 Oct 12

boxing_nut says...

I don't think you can say look at every pro's record and you'll find the same standard of opponent. Degale won the British title in his 9th fight, Tyson Fury similar I think? Eubank Jr the list goes on. Look at the British Lightweight rankings and there are people in there who were winning titles by their 11th fight not fighting journeymen.

Matty is not even in the top 25 British lightweights and has no hope of beating the top 5 and I'd pick the next 10 - 15 to beat him too.

I don't understand of all the people above him how fights can't be made, the likes of Ryan Barrett, Femi Fenolital (can't spell sorry) should be easy fights to make with lots of these fighters being with Mickey.

Don't think amateur pedigree counts as much anymore, look at Saturday night with Harrisson getting blown away and Degale struggling (that may be rust) its what you do in the paid ranks that counts.

Its great having a huge fanbase but ultimately it is a fickle thing. Colin Kenna used to pack the Guildhall, have a loyal army of travelling fans, but one or two losses later and that fan base fell away (and got sick of him fighting journeymen too).

I'm guessing of all these posts you guys aren't the loyal Tew fanbase you claim to have since nobody has said anything about being peeed off about the fight being cancelled when you had tickets, transport, travel etc booked.....

Like I say I think Matty is a nice fellow, sat across the ilse from him on a flight to Hannover for the Haye fight and he came across very well and dedicated planning to go straight into the gym when he arrived at his hotel.

Like you I'm interested to watch this space and hope to be proved wrong.
I don't think you can say look at every pro's record and you'll find the same standard of opponent. Degale won the British title in his 9th fight, Tyson Fury similar I think? Eubank Jr the list goes on. Look at the British Lightweight rankings and there are people in there who were winning titles by their 11th fight not fighting journeymen. Matty is not even in the top 25 British lightweights and has no hope of beating the top 5 and I'd pick the next 10 - 15 to beat him too. I don't understand of all the people above him how fights can't be made, the likes of Ryan Barrett, Femi Fenolital (can't spell sorry) should be easy fights to make with lots of these fighters being with Mickey. Don't think amateur pedigree counts as much anymore, look at Saturday night with Harrisson getting blown away and Degale struggling (that may be rust) its what you do in the paid ranks that counts. Its great having a huge fanbase but ultimately it is a fickle thing. Colin Kenna used to pack the Guildhall, have a loyal army of travelling fans, but one or two losses later and that fan base fell away (and got sick of him fighting journeymen too). I'm guessing of all these posts you guys aren't the loyal Tew fanbase you claim to have since nobody has said anything about being peeed off about the fight being cancelled when you had tickets, transport, travel etc booked..... Like I say I think Matty is a nice fellow, sat across the ilse from him on a flight to Hannover for the Haye fight and he came across very well and dedicated planning to go straight into the gym when he arrived at his hotel. Like you I'm interested to watch this space and hope to be proved wrong. boxing_nut
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