Islington light-middleweight boxer, Chris Baugh 1-0-0 is looking ahead to February 7th to double his win tally on a Hellraiser Promotions show at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross.
‘The Bull’, 26-years-old originally from Tooting, successfully completed his professional debut with a shut-out points win last November over opponent Harjinder Gill 0-8-0 at the same venue in a four round contest.
Reflecting on his pro breakthrough, Baugh stated, “Overall, I was very happy with my performance, I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I’ll always see things that I need to improve so I took a lot away from it.”
He continued, “I got hit with couple of shots that I shouldn’t have in the first round by being too eager but then I settled down and nothing meaningful landed for the rest of the fight. I kept my head moving, I missed more than I wanted to but once he got hit with that first shot he wasn’t very positive from then on.”
Opponent Harjinder Gill 0-9(2)-1 secured a draw against Jesse Goodhand-Tait in his last outing on December 5th just one week after his loss to Baugh on November 28th. Prior to that, he has shared the ring with unbeaten Essex talent Ben ‘The Sensation’ Hall and 19-year-old West Midlands prospect Dan ‘The Hurricane’ Breeze.
Of his first ever pro challenger, Baugh commented, “He was very slippery and had good movement. He was an alright amateur so he knew his way around the ring. If I fought him again I’d expect to stop him. I wasn’t desperate for the knockout in my debut, I just wanted to get four rounds under my belt because fighting’s so different to sparring, I really wanted the ring time.”
His next opponent is still to be named, most likely imminently with just four weeks to go until fight night, “There’s a few opponents on the table, I’ve been discussing it with my manager, we’ll hopefully have an opponent lined up by end of the week,” said the fledgling pro.
Baugh, who also runs his own personal training business, is trained by Bevis Allen and Roy Callaghan out of Rooney’s Gym in London.
The degree-educated boxer is confident yet calculated with his ambitions for his career, “I take things one step at a time, I’ve got lots to learn, I’m in great company in the gym with Aarron Morgan 5(5)-0-0 who is fighting on the same bill. All I care about is getting fights and improving, as long as my performances keep getting better, I’m happy. My main objective is to keep busy and fight often. I’m in the gym every day, staying in shape to make sure I feel good when I’m in the ring. I’m sure that title fights will happen, when they happen,” said the unbeaten light-middleweight.
On fight night, in under a month’s time, Baugh promises to put on an improved, matured display, “You’ll see that I’m a little bit more patient, when it comes to it, I’ll be more clinical. I used my jab well for a lot of the first fight but I’ve continued to work on it as well as coming in and putting it together on the inside.”
The self-assured Londoner moved around frequently as a youngster living in an assortment of different areas and boxing for a variety of different clubs as a result.
Regardless of the chopping and changing, Baugh has established a fan-base which is gradually building as he settles into the pro ranks.
Of his loyal fans, ‘The Bull’ remarked, “First thing to say is that when I went out on my debut it was an amazing feeling with the crowd there behind me and I appreciate the support so much! Fighting in front of your fans is immense and I’d love to have that same support on 7th February. I want to say thank you to everyone that came to support me in the first fight – The Bull Squad! They can look forward to another good performance this time; I’ll be more clinical and looking to do damage. There’s some good fighters on the show and it’ll be a great night of entertainment.”
Hard-hitting heavyweight Dillian Whyte 12(9)-0-0 heads the line up on the night as he faces his toughest test yet against Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento 17(15)-7(4)-0.
Making up for lost time, this fight will be the fourth appearance in under 12 weeks for the ‘Brixton Villain’ since he began his comeback trail following a two year ban for illegal substances.
His South American opponent is a former WBO Latino champion who shared the ring with Tyson Fury and his teammate Eddie Chambers. With 15 of his 17 wins coming by way of KO, the 34-year-old from Sao Paolo can clearly bang making this match-up with Whyte, who has stopped his last eight opponents in four rounds and under, an inevitably explosive one.
Baugh’s teammate Aarron Morgan 5(5)-0-0 will be keeping him company on the night as aims to continue his perfect record. ‘The Marksman’ is a favourite at the Camden Centre which has paid witness to all five KO’s of his career so far.
German puncher Arthur Hermann 14(13)-1-0 comes into this fight against an unconfirmed opponent off the back of three stoppages in August, October and November last year.
Exciting light-heavyweight Yasin Basar 4(2)-0-0 will look to continue the impetus set from 2014 into the New Year as he enters into his fifth professional contest. ‘The Gentleman’ born in Germany, now residing in London, fought three times in seven weeks between July and August last year scalping Kirrill Psonko 15(10)-32(10)-2 in just his second pro fight – exactly one week after travelling to Hungary for his debut.
Basildon’s Romany Gypsy super-middleweight Sam Stokes 2-0-0 appears on the bill looking to extend his winning run. The 24-year-old six-foot-tall Essex lad was unbeaten in 11 fights in the unlicensed circuit and brings a large army of fans with him in support.
Welterweight Joe Hayes 2-0-0 from Bournemouth also looks to make it a trio of wins since joining the paid ranks in October last year.
Exciting light-welterweight Rudi Michael 1-0-0, trained by former British super-bantamweight champion Matt Marsh, will attempt to double his win ratio on the night with no slip-ups this time around. The eager 20-year-old was just a little too keen on his debut on November 29th at York Hall as opponent Vasil Vasilev 4-13(5)-0 managed to score a flash knockdown in the third round as the South Londoner just edged a 39-38 victory over four rounds.
London light-welterweight Eren Arif 5-1-0 makes his first appearance in 12 months. Despite the inactivity, the 28-year-old is still ranked within the top 25 in Britain, his only loss coming from Prizefighter champion Chris Jenkins 16(8)-0-0 in the semi-final of the Light Welterweights III tournament in July 2013.
Light-middleweight Brett Saggs 3-0-0 from Maldon, Essex is on a mission to notch up the wins on his unbeaten record as he appears on this bill in February and then is due out again on March 14th in his home county.
Former British and Commonwealth champion John Simpson 25(1)-11(3)-0 from Greenock, Scotland will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses to John Murray 33(2)-3(3)-0 and Tommy Coyle 20(9)-2(1)-0 in a contest at lightweight.
Super-middleweight Darryll Williams 8(2)-0-0 will seek to carry on his fantastic record and edge closer to double figures undefeated. The 24-year-old from Forest Hill nicknamed ‘Ferocious’ really came of age in 2014 scoring a shut-out points victory over Joe Walsh 2-15(3)-2 in February as well as two first round KO wins over southpaw James Child 1-15(4)-0 and Lewis van Poetsch 3-15(4)-0.
Cruiserweights Michael Lobb 1-0-0 and Marley Churcher 2(1)-0-0 are both in action against, as yet, unnamed opponents.
Michael O’Rourke will be the only debutant on the show making his pro bow over four rounds with opponent yet to be confirmed.
Tickets to the show are priced at £35 for standard and £70 for ringside and available from Team Bull on 07761 269 256.
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