Elliott Matthews says he expected a harder test against Hungarian boxer Attila Tibor Nagy at the Camden Centre on Saturday

Elliott Matthews stopped Attila Tibor Nagy in the first round of their bout on Saturday

Elliott Matthews stopped Attila Tibor Nagy in the first round of their bout on Saturday

First published in Sport
Last updated
by

Elliott Matthews' work on Saturday night was done after just two minutes. The Rickmansworth boxer stopped Attila Tibor Nagy in the first round of their bout at the Camden Centre but admitted: “It was a little bit of a shame."

That is because the 33-year-old was expecting more. He was expecting to go the eight-round distance against the Hungarian. He was expecting to be tested against an opponent he’d only been booked against five days early.

“I didn’t think he would go down that early, not a chance,” the Southern Area middleweight champion said.

“It was a little bit of a shame because I really wanted to push myself.

“I felt good going into the fight and was confident. I was anticipating to go the full eight rounds and was looking forward to that in a certain way.

“He has taken British and Commonwealth champions the full distance before so we thought he’d be a good test but an opponent that I would beat.”

He continued: “At the weigh in I felt that I’d win. What I had to do was to box carefully and stick to my strategy. I couldn’t get involved in a row with him in the ring because that is where you can be caught out.

“So I got in, picked my shots and then got out of there. I felt like a mechanic picking off parts and it worked perfectly.

“One thing that that was tough was the heat because it was one of the hottest days of the year. You’ve got to keep your concentration in that situation because that is when there are upsets.”

From the opening bell, Matthews pressed Nagy into counters, drew mistakes and punished them with powerful southpaw punches.

The Hungarian fighter was hurt by a left uppercut and Matthews then knocked him down for the full count.

The victory extended Matthews’ unbeaten record to 13 fights, seven of which have been by knock out.

He plans to return to the ring in September and is hopeful of entering the hunt for a British title.

“There is a little break now and we’ll see what happens, there will be discussions amongst managers and promoters.

“I’d like to get another fight on TV though because that exposure helps you as a fighter and you need to develop that personality which helps sell more tickets.”

Next up for Matthews is a trip to America and a training camp at Floyd Mayweather Junior's gym in Las Vegas.

He plans to head out on August 4 and is looking forward to sparring with several American fighters.

He said: “It should be a good trip for me. OISG.com, who have supported me a lot through my career, are helping me go out there.

“It is somewhere I have been before and training with fighters who’ve been on the undercard of Floyd Maywether fights is a good test for me.

“I know a few of them but haven’t seen them in a while. However, it will be interesting to see how I’ve developed in that time as a fighter.”

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree