Staying true to his “Savage” nickname, Alen Babic delivered another quick, entertaining fight on a Matchroom Boxing show.
Fighting in front of fans for the first time since 2019, Babic delivered a devastating left hook in the third round to Damian Chambers that hurt his opponent and spurred the referee to stop the fight. Babic, who said he had been channeling the spirit of Maximus Decimus Meridius from the movie “Gladiator” during fight week, is now 7-0 as a pro with all of his wins ending in three rounds or less. The bout took place on the undercard of the June 12 Matchroom Boxing on DAZN card, headlined by Lewis Ritson vs. Jeremias Ponce.
The fight got off to a fast start with both Babic and Chambers throwing heavy hands at each other, but it was Babic who scored the first critical punch of the fight. In the opening round, Babic scored a knockdown with a big left hand that would have sent Chambers to the canvas had he not held on to the ropes.
Afterwards, Babic continued to punish Chambers with a number of flurries, overwhelming Chambers with plenty of pressure. Babic landed the decisive blow in the third round with another left hand, which prompted referee Ron Kearney to step in and stop the fight.
Babic is growing into a fight fan favorite thanks to his throwback-style of boxing and charisma. The unbeaten Babic is on the smaller end of today’s modern heavyweights, but is not bothered by what weight class he fights in. The bout against Chambers took place at heavyweight, but Babic told Carlos Toro Media during fight week that he has no preference as to what weight class he fights and can box at cruiserweight, bridgerweight (where he is ranked No. 6 by the WBC) and heavyweight. Babic even called out WBO cruiserweight world champion Lawrence Okolie, telling the British boxer to call him.
“I don’t care about weight. This fight is a catchweight of 96 kilos. Whatever he wants because he set the weight. I don’t care. I was at 100 kilos and they said 96 and I was 96 the next day. I can do 80, 90 no problem. Every cruiserweight, every bridgerweight, every heavyweight is in danger of fighting me. I adapt in the weight and in the ring. I don’t think about that. People still don’t understand much about energy and that’s why I study it. I’m full of energy. Whatever they want me to do, I can do it. Every cruiserweight, every bridgerweight, every heavyweight is in danger. I don’t care about weight. I’m a boxer. I’m an entertainer. I like to fight bigger guys and I like to fight giants and it doesn’t have to do much with heavyweights. You can be a cruiserweight giant. Cruiserweight, bridgerweight, heavyweight, I’m coming for them all… I’m trying to prove that weight classes don’t have anything to do with the outcome. You’re not strong because you’re heavier. I can fight at cruiserweight. Lawrence Okolie, give me a call. Let’s go. I want to fight everybody and anybody,” said Babic.
Thomas Patrick Ward Gets Decision In Co-Main Event
In the co-main event of the night, Thomas Patrick Ward had to overcome a fifth-round knockdown at the hands of Edy Valencia to win a unanimous decision. Ward won with scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 98-92.
Valencia caught Ward’s attention in the first round with a big left hand that established Valencia’s potential power for the night. Ward would go on to win many of the exchanges between both fighters throughout the 10 rounds.
However, Valencia landed a soft-looking left hand in the fifth round that caught Ward off balance and sent him to the canvas. Ward did bounce back from that knockdown and outboxed his opponent for the remainder of the fight.
This was Ward’s first fight since his 29-fight win streak was snapped with a technical decision draw against Thomas Essomba in October 2020. Ward suffered a cut in the seventh round of that bout and it went to the scorecards after eight rounds once the ringside doctor put a halt to the action.
Trio Of Prospects Open The DAZN Card With Wins
The DAZN broadcast opened with three fights, all featuring Matchroom prospects in action. In the first bout of the night, April Hunter moved to 4-0 with a win over Klaudia Vigh with a 40-37 decision victory. Hunter thoroughly outboxed Vigh, who opened the bout with a flurry of punches in an effort to catch Hunter off guard. Hunter was able to weather the storm and come out on top with the win.
The following fight saw heavyweight prospect and former amateur standout Solomon Dacres pick up his first pro win inside the distance when he defeated Alvaro Terrero in the second round. Dacres, who is now 2-0 in the paid ranks, gave Terrero plenty of trouble early on with a series of power punches that Terrero did not have an answer for. Dacres looked to pick up his first KO/TKO win after going the distance in his pro debut against Mladen Manev back on May 15.
Lastly, Cyrus Pattinson made his pro debut in the third bout of the DAZN card, scoring a barrage of body punches against Yoncho Markov en route to a second-round TKO victory. Pattinson landed a body shot at the end of a flurry of punches in the second round to send Markov to the canvas. Markov got back up, but never recovered and Pattinson quickly went to work the body again and dropped him once more. The referee stopped the fight towards the end of his 10-count, finalizing Pattinson’s debut as a success.
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