Plymouth fight fans have an extravaganza of championship boxing to look forward to on Friday, November 22 as a host of local boxers are set to impress at Plymouth Guildhall in a show headlined by Newquay’s Southern Area middleweight champion Brad Pauls, the first professional boxing champion from Cornwall in a century.
Making his first defence of the title on one of the biggest shows seen in the West Country for many years, undefeated Pauls faces off with hugely popular contender Robbie ‘The Camden Caretaker’ Chapman of London over ten rounds, and with both men carrying decent power it’s a match that promises to be explosive.
The show is something of a dream come true for the likeable Cornishman having pursued his career in London under the guidance of top boxing manager and promoter Steve Goodwin.
“I’m buzzing for it and it’s a great opportunity for all my fans in Cornwall and Devon to see me fight,” he said. “It’s a hard fight, the one I wanted, and likely to be the hardest I’ve had in my career so far.
“I wanted a proper ten round fight and Robbie is the one who stepped up, and for him to think he can come to my neck of the woods and take my title takes some bottle! I’m getting better with each fight and I’m extremely confident. It looks like the show is going to sell out so there’ll be a brilliant atmosphere in there.”
For promoter Goodwin, the show is an exciting opportunity to bring championship boxing to the city.
“There haven’t been any title fights in Plymouth for a long time and I’m hoping this will be the first of a series of shows and the start of rebuilding boxing in the area,” he said. “It’s a really tough fight for Brad against Robbie Chapman who was a really good amateur and has only one loss in his pro career, and while Brad may have the edge in power Robbie has a great boxing skillset.
“All credit to Brad, he’ll fight anybody and it’s the kind of evenly-matched contest the fans love.
“We have an excellent undercard to the show with many local boxers including the pro debut of Torquay heavyweight Harry Armstrong who as an amateur won the Western Counties Championship and has also been a sparring partner to top fighters like Derek Chisora and Tyson Fury, and many are tipping him to be the next heavyweight star.
“Plymouth boxers debuting are featherweight Connor Adaway, a former ABA semi-finalist, and hard punching middleweight Lewis Everson.
“Launceston’s Marcus Hodgson will be looking to get his third win and maintain his unbeaten record, plus Bideford’s decorated amateur Billy Stanbury has his first pro fight at middleweight.
“Completing a great line-up we also have cruiserweight Courtney Richards, experienced welterweight Darren ‘The Terminator’ Townley and Romanian former world amateur star Constantin Ursu.
“It’s the best crop of talent the area will have seen in a long time, and it’s going to be a very exciting show. I’d urge any fans who want to attend to get their tickets now before they sell out. They’ll be in for one of the best nights of boxing Plymouth has seen in many years.”
‘Seize The Night’ takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on Friday, November 22.
Tickets range from £40 to £60 and can be purchased at www.myfighttickets.com.