Essex boxer Darrel ‘The Baptist’ Church will be looking to make it 3-0 on June 20th at Grays Civic Hall, Essex.
On his ring return in the summer, the likeable Essex lad spoke with enthusiasm, “Yeah I can’t wait, buzzing for it really, don’t know who the opponent is yet, I’m hoping that it’ll be my last opponent, Angelo Crowe. I don’t go back to the gym ’til next week but I’m back on my diet, doing my runs and bits at home on the bag and that.”
The 25-year-old unbeaten light-heavyweight from Tiptree was due to face Angelo ‘Concrete’ Crowe 2-6-0 in what would have been his third professional fight at Civic Hall in Grays on March 14th but made the decision to pull out of the show to concentrate on his personal life and family.
He explained, “Everyone has that little time where they need a break what with work and everything. The boxing was non-stop since I was 19-years-old and I just needed that break and obviously I’ve been with my little girl as well and that was it really, I just needed some time out. There was a few people saying that I would regret my decision but I definitely feel that it worked and I’ve come back stronger.”
Known as ‘The Baptist’, he had announced his decision on social media channels at the time which was followed by immediate speculation of his intentions to quit the sport, so much so that he had to follow up with an alternative statement to clarify that he had not retired from boxing.
Still in disbelief, Church sighed, “Some of the things that was going about was unbelievable, it’s surprising the people that come out of the woodwork with things to say like that I’m going to quit. There’s definitely a few people to silence so I want to come back big and score the KO.”
On March 14th, instead of punching for pay in the ring, Church was seated outside amongst the other spectators watching his teammates with quiet envy.
He said, “I was there that night and they all done good, although Vinz lost even after he put his guy down in the round before. Liam Desmond did good and Joe Jackson looked really good on his debut. I was a little bit gutted but at the same time it gave me the inspiration to be in the next show, you know.”
The talented prospect first plied his trade in the unlicensed circuit in his home county of Essex leaving the scene unbeaten in all 11 contests and is now trained by Kevin Lilly in his Fight Farm Gym in Basildon alongside boxers Vinz Kuech, John Wayne Hibbert, Mickey Steeds and Liam Desmond.
He started his professional journey brightly by collecting two points wins since joining the paid ranks in July 2014 against opponents Curtis Gargano 0-1-1 and debutant Haider Sadiq four months later in November.
Church will be back in training with his teammates next week to start the camp for June 20th in what will be his third pro fight at the Grays Civic Hall.
“I want to say thanks to all the fans for their support and to everyone that has wished me well since I made my decision. I really do think that I will come back a lot stronger and I’ve got the buzz back now,” he concluded.
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