News May 2019

Archer aims to put first career defeat behind him after recent changes


by Peter Mann @SPIRITofNORTH11

It’s been a slow but steady progressive beginning to a professional boxing career for Easington’s Paul Archer 7-1 (0 KOs). The light welterweight has seen numerous changes and overcome plenty of obstacles in the near 36 months since his debut in late 2010. However he both has, and is, overcoming what is presented to him.

One of those obstacles arrived in the shape of a first career loss and knockdown last month against Tony Dixon in a four-round contest, but Archer insists that destiny still calls him to the sport which he knows and loves.

“It was the first time in which it has happened and is something I’ve had to learn, and come back from, pretty much straight away," Archer stated.

“I don’t remember much of it as the knockdown happened quite quickly. I did feel him tiring though as the bout wore on. Maybe if it had been over six or even eight rounds, which I would have preferred anyway, then I’d have collected the victory. There just wasn’t enough time for me to be able to recover over the four rounds.”

That was the 23-year-old Archer in the immediate aftermath of his recent defeat at the hands of the unbeaten Dixon 3-0 (1 KO). The Welshman was to be an opponent whom, in the grand scheme of things, was a step up for the Archer’s and someone they will certainly learn a lot from.

The outing for the County Durham boxer against Dixon was to be the first under the tutelage of his elder brother, Ian Archer. It was to be a change that was made just several months ago as Paul decided to part ways from the more experienced David Binns, to someone closer to home, a decision both parties feel is paying dividends irrespective of recent results.

Back at the beginning though, some three years gone now, and a raw and precocious 20-year-old would take to the ring for the first time for his professional debut. The outing would see the first of what would be six straight points’ successes, five coming within the four threes timeframe and came against the much travelled journeyman, Kristian Laight in Dec 2010. At the time Laight was a veteran of some seven years in the sport. In Apr 2011 he would face Birmingham’s Sid Razak, before victories over Jason Carr and Sean Gorman, in the July and December respectively. Now, twelve months into his pro career, Paul Archer was an undefeated, 4-0 boxer.

The following twenty-four months though would only see a further four outings, two in each of 2012 and 2013, the young Archer’s career stagnating. Again though it would seem as though Archer’s luck was against him and his skills were tethered to the local gym.
It would actually be some seven months into the year when the first outing would come about, and a further four months before the other appearance. Matt Seawright was dismissed in July at the Summer Rumble in Sunderland over six twos, before victory over Billy Smith in the November at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington would see the now 22 year old Archer close 2012 as an unbeaten, 6-0 prospect.

And then things began to change, more so behind the scenes.

In February of this year Archer opposed Kevin McCauley over six-threes on the undercard of the Jon-Lewis Dickinson vs. David Dolan British Cruiserweight championship bout at Rainton Meadows. Archer would be one of several fighters who impressed as he claimed a narrow points victory, it was to be a result that would be his last with Binns as his trainer, opting instead to move closer to home with his elder brother, Ian.

Speaking not only of his relationship with Binns but also the opportunity to train under his brothers guidance, Archer went on to say “I’ve not only trained with but know (David) Binns for years, more so when I was at the East Durham & Houghall Academy as an amateur.

“He was also a great help when I turned over in 2010. His record certainly speaks for itself, especially when you look at the calibre of fighters he has trained to date. However, they say that change is as good as the rest and that blood is thicker than water.

“With my brother Ian I do feel as though he is getting the best out of me especially with my mental preparation for fights. He’s a hard taskmaster for sure and he brings something very different to the table. I also feel a lot hungrier for the sport again after a time in the wilderness and we are very much looking at taking things to the next level sooner rather than later.

“Will that be as a welterweight? I don’t think it will be. We are looking at the light welterweight division for me now, somewhere we feel that I can do some justice. I don’t however want people to be disrespecting the professional relationship that exists between Ian and myself.

“Neither of us would say that either taking that last fight (the loss to Tony Dixon), or us working together, was a backwards step. There has been a lot of improvement from myself and I feel I showed as much at Rainton Meadows. I know and feel in myself though that I am in a much better shape than before.”

As for the future of the Archers’ they’re well aware of interest in specific match-ups and, at light welterweight, they are willing to listen. If anyone feels the need to offer a title opportunity, Northern Area or otherwise then it will be seriously considered. After all, winning titles and being successful, is what both Paul and Ian are in the sport to do. 2014 could well be, the year of the Archer.

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