Livefight meets “The Bull” in a hurry to charge his way to the top
By Michael J Jones
IT IS one of those massive understatements you say to politely broach a subject but I find myself saying it and immediately I hear a chuckle returning down the phone line. The owner of the laugh checks himself quickly before answering “yeah you could say I didn’t get into boxing the traditional way…”
London boxing prospect Chris “The Bull” Baugh makes his second pro ring appearance this week after a successful debut last November. Though his surname is pronounced ‘bore’ he certainly doesn’t fight like one and the story of how he began his journey in the professional boxing ranks is also, as hinted in the above paragraph, an interesting one.
An energetic youngster, the young Baugh at first took an interest in traditional Martial Arts before competing in kick-boxing. It was at the age of 19 in University when the teenage Chris fell in love with boxing.
“I was always interested in combat sports” the Islington light-middleweight tells Livefight ahead of his second fight. “I competed in kick-boxing but I never took it completely seriously. I started boxing when I was 19 and after just eight weeks training I got entered into a Uni tournament. I got to the final and lost to a guy who had around eight or nine previous fights.”
“The University boxing wasn’t that big then but they had a big tournament every couple of years and all the lads from Scotland, England and Wales would fight each other. I used to get a bit impatient though as I loved to fight so I’d take white-collar and unlicensed fights to keep busy.”
“I used to get short-notice assignments and come in as ‘the opponent’ a lot of the time which was fun. I was always moving around and changing gyms so it was hard to keep at it. The only (amateur) club I boxed for was Haringey and that was only the once.”
Despite readily admitting he was “more in the gym than the library” Baugh graduated from The London School of Economics and political science top of his department. Soon after graduating from University he would land a jet-setting job with an international charitable foundation so his boxing aspirations had to be put temporarily on hold.
Fast forward a few years and Baugh is keen to put absolutely everything into fulfilling his dreams as a pro fighter and, after so many setbacks, is keen to make up for lost time.
“I’m not into timescales as I believe it’s what you make of it in your mentality” says the 26 year old. “My gym mate (5-0 fellow prospect) Aarron Morgan is the same age as me and he’s close to boxing for titles after only five fights so I don’t worry about my age at all. I’m the type of guy who doesn’t do things by halves, I’ve given up a good career to pursue this and I’m going to give it everything.”
Livefight asks the pro new-comer about his first fight last November. Baugh would pound out a shut-out four round decision over Harjinder Gill at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross. The 1-0 light-middle will box at the same venue this Saturday incidentally.
“It was quite special really as I had to overcome so many obstacles just to get there and make my pro debut. I had trouble with injuries from a motorcycle accident and getting my pro licence so to finally be able to start my journey meant a lot in more ways than one.”
“I was happy with my performance” continues Chris. “I set a good pace and I give him credit he was cagey and made it hard for me. I was glad to get the four rounds done and now I know I can do four rounds at a good pace. It was a great night for me and I enjoyed it.”
Baugh, who is trained by Bevis Allen and Roy Callaghan at Rooney’s gym in London, next faces Hungarian Laszlo Jambrik in another four rounder. Having watched him box before, he is ready for another decent test at Kings Cross.
“Jambrik boxed (Baugh’s sometimes sparring partner) Angel Banev last year and I was ringside. He got stopped in the second but it was through injury and not a clean knock-out though Angel was getting the upper-hand. While it lasted I didn’t think (Jambrik) looked too bad he was tough and game and I think it’s a good fight for me at this stage.”
How would the 26 year old describe his style of boxing to those who may not be familiar with him yet?
“On a short documentary I did recently my coach described me as an all-action come-forward fighter who he needs to teach to box more. I think that sums me up, I can be aggressive and I like to land meaningful shots; I want to hurt people in there.”
“It was like my first fight, I was a bit of a “Bull” in a China shop at first but for my second fight I’m hoping to show more patience and composure. Last time I was a bit nervous and excited with it being my first one but this time it should be a more mature performance.”
The February 7th “Class of 2015” is Hellraiser Boxing's first event of 2015. Aiming to begin the year with bang we will once again be lining up a stacked card of evenly matched contests.
Hard-hitting heavyweight Dillian Whyte 12(9)-0 heads the line up on the bill as he faces his toughest test yet against Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento 17(15)-7.
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 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 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 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 15-32-2 in just his second pro fight – exactly one week after travelling to Hungary for his debut.
Former British and Commonwealth champion John Simpson 25-11 from Greenock, Scotland will be looking to bounce back from consecutive losses to John Murray and Tommy Coyle in a contest at lightweight.
Tickets to the show are priced at £35 for standard and £70 for ringside and available from Team Bull on 07761 269 256.
To follow Chris ‘The Bull’ Baugh on Twitter click here @BoxerBaugh and you can also follow him on Facebook.
Chris would like to thank all of his loyal fans, his sponsors Princelet Partners and PR Manager Tim Rickson.
Ryan, Barrett and Kelly score wins on lastest Black Flash show
Black Flash Promotions' second foray into the world of professional boxing proved equally as successful as their first as the Matty Ryan and Zelfa Barrett notched decision victories at a sold out Middleton Arena.
Light middleweight Ryan headlined the six fight card and scored a unanimous decision over Brighton's Kevin McCauley. Ryan picked up a slight cut under his left eye but retained his composure and cruised to a six round decision. McCauley provided his usual defiance but was outgunned by his taller opponent. Ryan, now 7-1 (1 KO), is looking to slowly but surely build towards title level this year and this should prove to be the ideal starting point.
Having easily outboxed Kristian Laight on the inaugural Black Flash show and destroying Joe Beedon in his second appearance, super featherweight Zelfa Barrett came up against an opponent determined to meet fire with fire and was forced to fight for every minute of his four round victory over Jamie Quinn. It will have done Barrett the world of good to have felt a little resistance and although the skills that his uncle and trainer Pat Barrett - the former British and European light welterweight champion - has worked hard to hone were only on display in patches, the self styled 'Black Flash' will have watched on from the corner with a sense of pride as his nephew showed that he can dig deep when required. Barrett moved to 3-0 (1) with a 39-38 decision.
'Jimmy' Kilrain Kelly showed plenty of the old Champs Camp aggression as he walked down Danny Shannon before flattening him with a solid left hook to the pit of the stomach. The light middleweight has had a couple of high profile opportunities fall through but - at 13-0 (5) - needs to make 2015 the year he makes an impact. His trainer at the famous Moss Side gym, Ensley Bingham, spoke about a possible WBC Youth title fight int he non too distant future.
Light welterweight Liam Taylor managed to stop the typically aggressive Mick Mills in the fourth and final round of their fiery fight. Mills may now carry a 1-5 record but he throws hard, fast and often and is at his most dangerous when hurt himself. Taylor, 11-0 (4), had Mills down in the first and second and in trouble a couple of times but was forced to give ground and bide his time as Mills met fire with fire. Eventually, the punishment caught up with Mills and a barrage of punches left him down and out as the final bell drew near.
Sean Ben Mulligan got his career off to a winning start with a comfortable six-two’s decision over Matt Seawright. The welterweight stayed close to Seawright and scored with some nice left hooks and uppercuts and took every round.
Mikkel Kessler Officially Retires
"I have thought long and hard over the options, which have been made available, but none of these options are enough to get me motivated." Mikkel said on his official Facebook page today.
"My promoter has done a great job in creating these, but unfortunately the opportunities in the division are currently limited. I said at the time when I would fight on, that I would need the right fights to motivate me. This is not a question of money, in fact these offers have been for great purses, but it is about motivation. After all "If you aren't going all the way, why go at all"?
"I need big events to make me train to get me to the standard that I have been used to presenting my fans with. I said I would like nothing more, than to avenge my loss against Andre Ward and also to have the decider against Carl Froch.
These are fights that motivate me but for one reason or another, they do not want to fight me. I am always in training, it is part of my life, but I consider myself in a state of retirement.
"Finally, I would like to thank all of my fans for supporting me through out my career. It has been an absolute pleasure stepping into the ring, home as well as abroad."
Livefight interviewed a relatively unknown Kessler back in 2006 and again in 2007 and has long admired his friendly personality outside the ring, and his fierce warrior mentality inside the ring.
Thanks for the fights Mikkel, your presence shall be sorely missed from the Super Middleweight landscape.
Matchroom form StubHub partnership
Matchroom Boxing have formed a partnership with live event ticket marketplace website StubHub.
“The partnership with StubHub will provide us with a first class platform in order to sell tickets to our upcoming fights." said Eddie Hearn
"Transparency and security are of upmost importance to us which is why partnering with StubHub made complete sense. With an exciting year of boxing planned, working with StubHub will only ensure that more boxing fans across the UK will have the chance to witness fights live.”
StubHub's Nick Harford said “StubHub is delighted to partner with Matchroom Boxing to become their official ticket marketplace. We are looking forward to being able to complement their business and help provide the best possible experience to boxing fans across the UK. The stable of boxing talent that Matchroom works with is unparalleled and it is a privilege for StubHub to play an important part in what will be a great year of boxing.”
Sonny Bill makes it 7-0 by dominating Welliver
By Michael J Jones
Former Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams gave a chunk of experience (not to mention weight) to American opponent Chauncy Welliver but still dominated to win a clear unanimous decision after eight one-sided rounds in Sydney.
Williams is now 7-0 (3) and looked good picking his shots intelligently behind a busy jab. The 302lb Welliver soaked up a steady stream of punches but rarely threatened to turn the tide.
After some early mocking by boxing fans of the amateurish traits of Sonny Bill, it's impressive how seasoned he appeared against an opponent with some ten times the ammount of pro contests. Welliver, now 55-11-5, had said before the fight he was in his best shape for a while but could do nothing against the quick hands and punch selection of the New Zealander.
This was also the 29 year old's first bout in two years. Last time out the 6'3" Williams had beaten Frans Botha on points over ten rounds.
Also on the Allphones Arena bill, another former Rugby player Willis Meehan made it 3-0 (2) with a crushing second-round knock-out of Freddie Miller. Willis, the son of former top contender Kali Meehan, is a 6'5" southpaw who looks very useful...especially when you think he is just 19-years-old.
Also on the bill, fellow Rugby players Liam Messam and Paul Gallen both scored wins. Rugby players turning to boxing appears to be fast becoming a trend in Australia.
Jaded Jeff Lacy predictably slaughtered by Cuban puncher Mosley Jr scores KO
By Michael J Jones
LAST night at the Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, the sad demise of former world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy continued as he was stopped brutally by Cuban puncher Sullivan Barrera. The Saint Petersburg veteran showed nothing much more than heart in slumping to his sixth defeat in his 14 year career.
Jolted Jeff had suffered a similar defeat last year to another Miami-based Cuban in Umberto Savigne but any notion he may finally retire was scuppered when he resurfaced for a points win in December. Taking on the 6’2, naturally bigger Barrera always looked a bad match up for the faded “Left Hook” and so it turned out to be.
The bout started with the hard-punching Cuban looking to set up his power punches. Already it was glaringly obvious Lacy, now 37-years-old, didn’t have the size, speed or power to make any impact on Barrera. It came as no surprise when Jeff was floored and pummelled in the first though he made it through…just.
Through the second and third rounds the pace slowed a shade though the Cuban was clearly getting the better of most of the exchanges. Lacy, who has never been the same since a twelve-round drubbing to Joe Calzaghe nine years ago, bravely tried to turn the tide but it was only a matter of time before Barrera’s power told.
In the fourth, Barrera pounced on his weary prey again. Lacy was backed up, took some meaty head shots before the ref sensibly waved it off at 2:05 of the round. Lacy now slumps to 27-6 (18) and needs to get out of the sport immediately. He surely can’t take another shellacking like this again.
For Barrera he is now 15-0 (10) and surely can’t take too much pride in last night’s performance though he is clearly talented and can hit.
For the record, Lacy scaled 168¼lbs while Barrera was heavier at 172½lbs.
In the nominal main event, Canada’s Tony Luis floored and out-scored Philly’s Karl Dargan to win the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title. Luis, nicknamed “The Lightning”, raised his record to 19-2 (7) by scores of 99-90 and two counts of 97-92. Dargan slipped to his first defeat and is now 17-1 (9).
Also on the bill, Shane Mosley Jr stopped winless Rafael Machado in the third. The son of the welterweight and light-middleweight great is now 3-1 with all wins coming inside schedule.
The middleweight prospect is 6’1, 24-years-old and won his debut fight in 34 seconds. His only defeat so far was on a split decision to Marchristopher Adkins.
Capital Punishment: 02 running order
The full scheduled running order for Matchroom's "Capital Punishment" show tomorrow night at the London 02 arena, is as follows:
LEE MARKHAM VS LEWIS VAN POETSCH
6 x 3 mins Super Middleweight Contest
BEN HALL VS RYAN TOMS
6 x 3 mins Light Middleweight Contest
ISAAC CHAMBERLAIN VS MOSES MATOVU
4 x 3 mins Cruiserweight Contest
OHARA DAVIES VS LEE GIBBONS
6 x 3 mins Lightweight Contest
CHARLIE EDWARDS VS CRAIG DERBYSHIRE
4 x 3 mins Super Flyweight Contest
TOMMY MARTIN VS RICKY BOYLAN
10 x 3 mins vacant English Light Welterweight title
JOHN RYDER VS BILLI GODOY
12 x 3 mins WBO Inter-Continental Middleweight title
JOHN WAYNE HIBBERT VS TYLER GOODJOHN
10 x 3 mins WBC International Light Welterweight title
KEVIN MITCHELL VS DANIEL ESTRADA
12 x 3 mins vacant WBC Silver Lightweight title
VIDEO Kevin Mitchell and Daniel Estrada weigh in
iFLTV present the official weigh in for Kevin Mitchell vs Daniel Estrada, ahead of their clash tomorrow night at the London 02 arena. The fight will be aired live on Sky Sports tomorrow night: