Luke Blackledge (26-9-2) enters Ultimate Boxxer as the most experienced fighter on the bill. Before his fighting days, Luke had a troubled upbringing spending many months locked behind bars in a young offenders’ institution. Speaking about his behaviour at the time Luke describes himself as ‘a young brat’ who was ‘always fighting and getting into trouble’.
Aged 17, Luke opted to compete in an unlicensed boxing fight two weeks after coming out of the institute and hasn’t looked back since. He claims it was from that moment on that boxing changed his life, and his career that followed has been very impressive.
A knockout win on his professional debut against Stewart Tordoff was a promising start for the Lancashire man. Blackledge then went on a ten-fight winning streak including a shock victory against former European Super Middleweight Champion Mads Larsen in the Dane’s backyard.
In 2015, Blackledge had a career highlight with a unanimous decision victory over Liam Cameron for the Commonwealth Super Middleweight title. Two defences over Lee Markham and Ishmael Tetteh set up a British Super Middleweight clash against current World and Ring Magazine Champion Callum Smith. Blackledge suffered a brutal knockout that night and his career hasn’t looked the same since.
Losses to Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith shouldn’t taint Blackledge’s record given both went on to win World Championship titles but it’s the recent defeats to Chad Sugden, Ollie Pattison and Denis Radovan that leave question marks over Luke’s ability to take the UB tournament title on 3rd April.
Ultimate Boxxer might be Luke’s last chance to hit the big time. He believes he’s in great shape heading into this tournament and his win against Mads Larsen shows he can handle the pressure under the bright lights. As a former Commonwealth Champion, Luke’s got the best credentials in the tournament and he may need to count on this experience to progress into the latter stages.
“As long as I get my training and preparation right, I do believe I will win the tournament. If I didn’t think that I wouldn’t be entering. It would be massive for my family and massive for my trainer if I could pull a big tournament win off.”