Light-heavyweight prospect, Darrel ‘The Baptist’ Church (2-1) is back in action on October 17th at Grays Civic Hall in Essex seeking to avenge his only loss in the professional ranks suffered at the hands of Angelo ‘Concrete’ Crowe (3-6) last June on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.
“Getting the win in October will mean the world to me,” Church commented. “I need to be able to get this fight behind me and move forward again in my career.”
The 25-year-old home fighter lost narrowly on points to Angelo ‘Concrete’ Crowe on June 20th at the same venue.
The 175-pounder from Tiptree, Essex immediately booked the rematch with his manager, Carl Greaves in an attempt to even the score as soon as possible.
Post-fight, Church was understandably deflated after tasting his first defeat in his boxing story so far which includes two professional and 11 semi-pro contests.
“I feel a bit better about the loss now as I have the rematch booked but October just can’t come quick enough for me,” he said. “The best fighters in the world lose and it’s how you come back from it that counts. I got the rematch on straight away and I need to prove a point.”
The light-heavyweight, known to fans as ‘The Baptist’, claims to have taken too long to adapt to his opponent’s aggressive and awkward style in the opening rounds.
He explained, “He came out in the first round just flying at me so it took me a couple of rounds to get into. By the time I got into it and worked him out, the fight was almost over. In the third and fourth rounds, I came on strong and I wobbled him in the last round; with another two rounds, I could have stopped him.”
The rematch will be extended to a six round contest which will be the first for Church.
“Training will be the same as the last camp because it was nothing to do with the camp, it was the performance on the night. There may be a few adjustments in sparring as in stepping it up from the first bell but I can do the extra rounds fine and the longer distance will suit me better.”
Travelling opponent, Crowe’s only six-rounder came on his debut losing on points to Prince Davis in December 2010 in his home county of Devon.
Both light-heavyweights share several similarities in possessing the same number of wins on their records going into the last fight, victories over the same opponent in Curtis Gargano in 2014, the same manager in Carl Greaves and being matched in age at 25-years-old.
Church became the second unbeaten prospect to be scalped by Crowe, the first being Alex Gibbens in October 2013 in Brighton. The Sussex super-middleweight was five fights unbeaten until he was cracked by ‘Concrete’ in his home town and has not fought again since the defeat.
Teammates Liam Desmond (5-0), Paul Hilz (1-1), Joe Jackson Brown (2-0) George Hennon (1-0) and Shaun Hussein (1-0-2) will all be appearing on the same bill.
The main event sees Southern Area champ, Adam Dingsdale (13-2-1) go up against Kevin Hooper (17-3) for the vacant English lightweight title.
Both boxers come into the fight following back-to-back wins and this will be Hooper’s third crack at the English title after losing out on the super-featherweight version twice back in 2013.
Two debutants complete the line-up in welterweight John Wheatley from Harwich, Essex and Nigerian light-welterweight, Idris Hill.
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