Hackney fighter recovers from knockdown to retain unbeaten record

Matthew Chanda (black shorts) defeated Dmitrijs Gutmans at York Hall. Pic: Bernard Miller/TGSPHOTO

Matthew Chanda (black shorts) defeated Dmitrijs Gutmans at York Hall. Pic: Bernard Miller/TGSPHOTO - Credit: Bernard Miller/TGSPHOTO

Hackney’s unbeaten super-bantamweight Matthew Chanda was given a major scare on route to recording the third professional win of his career at York Hall on Saturday night.

Chanda started the first round well and traded punches with his Latvian opponent, Dmitrijs Gutmans, but Chanda was stunned in the second round when he fell to the canvas after walking onto a wild right Hook from Gutmans.

Chanda showed determination to recover in the third round taking control with some excellent punches to both the head and body of the Latvian, and secured a 38-78 points win with another convicing fourth round display.

Chanda said: “I knew he was a top class amateur having boxed for his country. I took the fight to him in the first round, and I was relaxed going into the second but then I got put down for the first time in my boxing career.

“I got up and just made sure it didn’t happen again by taking control of the fight, but it was a big wake up call for me.”

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