Dylan Cheema won the BOXXER Lightweight series in his hometown Coventry
The BOXXER Series returned with the lightweight division in Coventry, and Dylan Cheema was the man to have his hand raised in every bout he had.
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The 8 man tournament had a mixture of experienced names, and some not too familiar with the public. The tournament consisted of 3 x 3 minute rounds.
The quarter finals saw the former kickboxing world champion Dylan Cheema get the first knockout of his pro boxing career as he stopped Otis Lookham in a round. Gym mates Tion Gibbs and Scott Melvin were drawn to face each other, which Melvin came out the victor by split decision. The most experienced pro in the tournament, Shaun Cooper got the Unanimous decision victory over Brooklyn Tilley. Finally, tournament favourite Rylan Charlton got the decision victory over Joe Underwood Hughes.
The semi finals saw Dylan Cheema get a split decision over Scott Melvin in a great fight, Cheema being the freshest man in the tournament at this point as he was the only one to score a knockout in the quarters. Rylan Charlton went on to add a knockout to his resume as he stopped Shaun Cooper in the final round of their semi final, setting up a final between himself and Cheema.
The final was a sensational battle with both men having their success, but it was the 16/1 underdog Dylan Cheema who was unanimously crowned the winner and took home the £40,000 prize money and announced his name to the world on Sky Sports.
Cheema paid respect to his final foe following the bout: ""I owe it to every single person who's turned out tonight because we came out to win. Respect to Rylan, he was really tough. I came into this tournament with two fights. I leave with five fights undefeated and one KO. I've got a good manager and a good team, and they're going to guide me"
Their was only one other fight on the undercard, as River Wilson Bent defeated Ismael Seck over six rounds as a tune up for his English title rematch against Tyler Denny in June.