Bellator MMA welterweight Michael Page had his second professional boxing match in his native London on Friday, and once again scored a knockout victory.
“Venom,” who made his successful boxing debut last October, took on woefully overmatched Michal Ciach in a light heavyweight contest. Page (13-0 MMA) took Ciach out just 18 seconds into the second round to advance his boxing record to 2-0. The bout was promoted by British boxing legend and former two-time world champion David Haye.
The MVP KO pic.twitter.com/s2V1dsUoYz— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) June 15, 2018
“MVP’s” latest victim sports a dismal 1-6 boxing record, which mirrors the criticism Page has faced since beginning his professional combat sports career. Throughout Page’s nine fights in Bellator, only recently has he taken on opponents that wouldn’t be described as “journeymen.” Bellator has been criticized for moving Page along too slowly -- or protecting his undefeated record, depending on perspective. However, Page’s sophomore boxing bout comes just a month after Bellator 200, where a busted-up and humiliated David Rickels asked out of their fight less than a minute into the second round. Rickels’ retirement gave Page an official TKO and easily the most impressive win of his MMA career.
Bellator President Scott Coker has allowed “MVP” to take boxing matches while under contract with the promotion. Page says he plans on continuing to compete in both sports as he awaits his next Bellator fight.