New role just the challenge for Hudson

Cambridge News Online16th May, 2009

PUNCHER turned protector is the best way to sum up Ben Hudson's new role as the British Boxing Board of Control's youngest inspector.

Known by many as Catweazle, Hudson has finally hung up his gloves just one short of that elusive 50th fight to take on his new post which will see him ensuring professional shows are run to the governing body's rules.

Hudson said: "I'll be the eyes and ears of the Board of Control and my job will be to make sure all the procedures are followed correctly.

"It's mainly for health and safety to protect the boxers and make sure the weights are right. I've never seen an inspector under the age of 50 before, but the Board suggested it would be worth making an application because they need new people as the old boys can't go on forever.

"It means I'll be wearing the shirt and tie from now on and people will have to start calling me Mr Hudson rather than Catweazle!"

Hudson, 36, will represent the BBBC for the first time at a show at Watford's Coliseum on May 23 in which hot Royston prospect Bradley Evans is set for his second bout against either Polish puncher Mariusz Bak or Welsh fighter Craig Dyer.

Ironically, Hudson could have reached his half-century of paid bouts had he taken up the challenge to box Evans in London last month after last year's Senior ABA champion's scheduled opponent Christopher Riley pulled out at the eleventh hour.

Hudson, whose last contest came 13 months ago, was at the York Hall show as a spectator.

He said: "Bradley was gloved up in the dressing room ready to go on and his manager Tony Sims, who also used to manage me, came up and asked if I had any gear with me.

"I told him it was even too much for me. I must weigh about four stone more than Bradley."

Hudson's record of just seven wins and one draw from 49 bouts may not look the best on paper. But after initially coming into the pro game in 2002 with hopes of a title, he suddenly quit the following year after the breakdown of his marriage.

He returned to the ring in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the most reliable journeymen in the sport, boxing at every division from lightweight to super-middleweight often with little notice.

Hudson has been in with the likes of former world champions Lee McAllister (WBU lightweight) and Marcus Portman (WBF light-middleweight), Commonwealth welterweight title-holder John O'Donnell and previous champion Craig Watson, as well as ex-British lightweight victors Lee Meager and Lenny Daws.

He said: "It would have been nice to have been nominated for a title shot, but my main ambition was just to be a professional boxer because that's something in itself."

* Tickets and travel for Evans' bout are available by calling 07908 544298.