Darrel Church gets Mad Mitch test in April

Light-heavyweight prospect, ‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church (2-1) has had his next opponent confirmed as ‘Mad’ Mitch Mitchell (6-46-2) for April 16th at York Hall in London.

The Tiptree boxer commented, “Next opponent will be Mitch Mitchell, he’s a tough competitor and knows his way around the ring but I’m very happy with this choice of opponent.”

Mitchell is a 28-year-old light-heavyweight from Lincoln, the forthcoming bout with Church will be his 55th contest in three-and-a-half years as a pro.

Since his debut in October 2012, he has shared the ring with unbeaten prospects, debutants, WBC Youth titlists, aa well as Southern Area, Central Area and Welsh Area champions.

Church further stated, “He’s very experienced, having been in the mix with the likes of Miles Shinkwin, who challenged for the British title last month, amongst many others.

“I think it will be a good test for me but with only one outcome. He will have to knock me out in order to win, which will never happen.”

The show in mid-April is a Warrior Promotions event headed by promoters, Greg Steene and Mark Prior, featuring Church’s teammate Justin Johnson, five unbeaten prospects and exciting debutant, Eli Matthews, a seven-time ABA champion from Guildford City Gym.

Church is enthusiastic for his fourth pro contest as it will provide him with his York Hall debut, “I can’t wait because I’ve never fought there before and as a young boxer you dream of one day fighting at the York Hall, there’s just something about the place,” enthused the 26-year-old.

The father-of-one is managed by Carl Greaves and trains with respected boxing coach, Mark Massow in his Witham-based gym.

Massow, a 42-year-old Firefighter and former paratrooper, used to work closely with Frank Maloney and trains a mixture of amateur and pros.

Unbeaten in 11 fights in the thriving unlicensed boxing scene in Essex, Church debuted in July 2014, defeating Curtis Gargano (0-1-1) on points at the familiar setting for all his pro fights to date – Grays Civic Hall.

He followed up with another points win over a debutant, Haidar Sadik, four months later in November, capping off the year with a decent unbeaten start to a promising pro career.

In what should have been a hat-trick for Church in June last year, he unexpectedly conceded his first loss to Angelo ‘Concrete’ Crowe (2-6), losing by just the single point.

In what has been an extended absence from the ring due to injuries and illness, the 175-pounder is looking forward to bouncing back on just a few week’s time, he said, “I just can’t wait to get in there and show people what I’m about.”

For tickets to the show contact Team Church on 07938 878 962

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