Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1) from O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Dorset middleweights Lee Cutler (7-0-0) and Jack Simpson (2-0-0) both overcame their opponents in front of a passionate home crowd in what was yet another intriguing card at Bournemouth’s O2 Academy.
Cutler, fresh off a points victory against ex-Olympian Serge Ambomo in September, faced Owen Jobburn (5-6-2) in the main event. The Bournemouth-based fighter landed a well-crafted left hook to Jobburn’s body in the second round – a shot which saw him take to the canvas before the contest was waved off.
Speaking exclusively to Nerve Sport after his TKO win, Cutler said: “I knew he didn’t have the power to hurt me. Even though he is more experienced than me as a professional, he was punching himself out and I could feel that.
“Tonight I showed the fans how I can box. I can box on the back foot, being very slick and skilful, but I can also get involved in a scrap too.”
They can’t run from me forever
After September’s event, there were plans for Cutler to fight for an IBO Intercontinental title, but negotiations proved to be complex. Lee Cutler shared his thoughts on not being able to secure the title shot. He said: “We were a bit disappointed, but local boxing can be very political.
“It would cost a lot of money to bring a title fight to Bournemouth, we would need a TV deal. Nobody wanted to fight for a title eliminator – we have to be patient. They can’t run from me forever.”
After a victorious professional debut in September, Poole-based Jack Simpson entered the O2 Academy ring for his second outing as a professional. He faced Shaunn Watt (1-7-1), who retired from the bout at the end of the second round due to an injured elbow.
Speaking exclusively to Nerve Sport after picking up his second victory as a professional, Simpson said: “It wasn’t the easiest of fight weeks. I was a bit complacent in the first round but switched it on in the second.
“I hurt him with shots to the body and to the head, but a retirement from the ring isn’t the way I wanted to win in the end.”
Both Cutler and Simpson travelled to Manchester with their trainer Kevin Thorniley last week to spar in preparation for their last outing before Christmas. The pair took part in a training session with Anthony Crolla (35-7-3), gaining invaluable experience for their careers.
Don’t miss Lee Cutler on The Boxing Show! The middleweight pro will be joining us live in the Nerve Radio studio on Sunday 8th December – 11-1pm.