Essex boxer Darrel ‘The Baptist’ Church 2-0 is set to face Angelo ‘Concrete’ Crowe 2-6 in what will be his third professional fight at Civic Hall in Grays on June 20th on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.
Both light-heavyweights have the same number of wins on their record as well as being matched in age at 25-years-old.
Home fighter, Church, from Tiptree will be looking to extend his unbeaten run to three in three after collecting two points wins since joining the paid ranks in July 2014.
He enthusiastically commented on his preparations, “Best I’ve ever felt! I’m feeling strong and ready to go, it’s the best camp I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to get out there and get them 10oz gloves on.”
Church has so far enjoyed victories over opponents Curtis Gargano 0-1-1 on his pro bow last July and debutant Haider Sadiq four months later in November; both fights located at the same venue, the Civic Hall in Grays.
Crowe, travelling from Plymouth, Devon shares a similarity with his forthcoming foe in that he secured victory over the same opponent that Church defeated on his debut, Curtis Gargano, at the Middleton Arena, Lancashire last October.
The away fighter has a history of upsetting the home fighter, in October 2013 Crowe scored his first career win against unbeaten Sussex prospect Alex Gibbens at the Metropole Arena, Brighton with a shock first round stoppage, dropping his unblemished record down to 5-1.
Church commented on Crowe, “I saw his record on Box Rec website and it doesn’t bother me, to be honest.”
He continued, “I had some wars in the unlicensed with some really good boxers, one who’s gone on to be 9-0 as a pro. When I’m focused and fighting fit, I will fight anyone and I’ll be the one doing the knocking out.”
Church first plied his trade in unlicensed circuit winning all 11 of fights and is now trained by Kevin Lilly in his Fight Farm Gym in Essex alongside boxers Vinz Kuech, Mickey Steeds and Liam Desmond.
The self-employed painter and decorator was due to face Crowe in March but pulled out of the show to take a short break from the sport.
He explained his reasons, “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.”
On March 14th, instead of being active inside the ropes, Church was seated outside amongst the other spectators watching his teammates with quiet envy.
He reflected, “I was there that night and they all done good. 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 Baptist is adamant that the short recovery period has allowed him to come back stronger with a renewed hunger for success.
“I’ve definitely come back stronger and I want to say thanks to all the fans for their support. I was getting good support in the unlicensed and it’s doubled now that I’m in the pros. I’m looking forward to my fight in July and hopefully keeping busy throughout the rest of the year,” he concluded.
Undefeated Essex boxer, Liam Desmond 4-0 will get a tough test on June 20th at Grays Civic Hall when he takes on the seasoned Chris Jenkinson 8-18-2 in a six round middleweight contest.
The only other six rounder features 34-year-old light heavyweight, Paul Hilz 1-0 up against County Durham’s 28-year-old, Steve Cooper 2-1.
Dagenham super-flyweight, Shaun Hussein 1-0 takes on Tamworth’s Josh O’Donnell 0-1.
Super-featherweight, Martin Hillman 3-2 from Orpington is the only boxer on the show without an opponent scheduled yet.
Joe Jackson Brown 1-0 impressed on his debut last March with a third round KO victory over fellow debutant, Charlie Brown. The 22-year-old light-heavyweight will be looking to double his win tally against journeyman, Jamie Ambler 11-59-2.
Welterweight debutant, George Hennon makes his pro bow against veteran, Matt Seawright 5-113-5 in what will be the 37-year-old away fighter’s 124th professional contest.
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