Champ Chapman to return to Crawley ABC’s big boxing show

Crawley Amateur Boxing Club 31-3-14 Mattarr Wanda, James Verbeeten and Sher Khan  (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140104-100834002
Crawley Amateur Boxing Club 31-3-14 Mattarr Wanda, James Verbeeten and Sher Khan (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140104-100834002
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The sensational George Chapman returns to the ring on Friday night at Crawley Boxing Club’s annual dinner show.

Former national champion Chapman makes his comeback at the Felbridge Hotel, East Grinstead after a four -year absence from the ring.

Crawley Boxing Club's George Chapman SUS-150428-132147002

Crawley Boxing Club's George Chapman SUS-150428-132147002

Chapman couldn’t have asked for a tougher comeback as he takes on Blessed Sitole, the reigning Southern Counties champion from the Isle of Thanet.

But Chapman has looked in superb shape in the gym all year, in preparation for his return to the sport.

Such is the huge interest in the popular Crawley boxer that the show is a total sell-out.

If Chapman reproduces the kind of form that saw him crowned National Champion a few years ago then the fight fans really are in for a treat.

Such is the huge interest in the popular Crawley boxer that the show is a total sell-out.”

Also on the bill, and making her debut is Kirsty Skingle.

She will become the first ever female Crawley boxer to represent the club on a home show when she takes on Cat O’Hagen from the Brighton City Boxing Club.

There will also be ring debuts for Sam Northcott and Callum MaCrossen in Crawley colours, while light heavyweight Peter Murphy will also be looking to extend his winning run when he faces the Isle of Thanet’s Ben Adams.

Shaun Mellows and Rahees Ali also feature on the star-studded bill, as does the highly experienced James Verbeeton who will be looking to claim the scalp of Kent’s Luke Fairhead.

Crawley Boxing Club's Sher Khan SUS-150428-173053002

Crawley Boxing Club's Sher Khan SUS-150428-173053002

Completing the senior line up will be Sher Khan.

The juniors will also see a piece of history created when Louis Hopcraft becomes the fourth generation of the famous Crawley Boxing family to compete for the club.

His great-grandfather Arthur not only boxed for the club, he was also one of the co-founders.

Following him grandad Geoff amassed nearly 200 bouts in his ring career with the club, and still remains there today, currently in his 37th year as club chairman.

Crawley Boxing Club's James Verbeeten SUS-150428-173135002

Crawley Boxing Club's James Verbeeten SUS-150428-173135002

But Louis’ father Peter tops the lot, winning a stack of amateur titles as well as England recognition while boxing for the famous Crawley club alongside his brother and himself a former champion Rees.

Another rising star, Manny Ally and Byron Jones, nephew of Crawley’s famous professional Ben, complete the line-up of what promises to be the best night of boxing in years promoted by the number one club in the County.