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A year Later. Chris Adaway.

Everyone who knows me can see that I am massively biased towards boxers from the South West. I’ll be the first to admit it!

It’s not just because it’s where I’m from. It’s because as far as success is concerned, you really have to work harder for it down there. You have to be defiant and persevere where others probably wouldn’t.
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Guildford boxer Thomas Kindon looking to make it five out of five on June 26

Top bantamweight prospect, Thomas Kindon 4-0 from Guildford, Surrey will be looking to extend his unbeaten run on June 26th in Portsmouth.

The 20-year-old prospect, originally from Leeds, has raced to four fights unbeaten since his debut in June last year, scalping Francis Croes, Anwar Alfadli, Dmitrijs Gutmans and Sergejs Logins along the way.

The next fight is firmly booked in the diary for Team Kindon but the opponent and venue are yet to be confirmed. Continue reading


Temecula Townley. The Terminator in California

There are simply not enough words to express the amount of effort Darren Townley puts into his boxing.

Anyone who knows him,will say that for Darren, training is all about distances.

10 kilometers, 15 kilometers, half marathons or the 5037 Miles!!!! he has traveled for the second time now to train with the stars in California!

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Chris ‘Rab’ Butler

Published, February 10th 2015 by Lee Russell.


Aged 52, Rab has 32 years of valuable experience in the boxing industry.

He was born in Hull and currently lives in Plymouth with his fiancée.

Outside of boxing Rab has many other likes including:

Football, cinema, dining out with his fiancée, drinking beer occasionally, listening to reggae and Northern soul, walking the dogs.

Boxing Career

The proud Ipswich Town fan was once nominated as a Royal Navy Sportsperson of the Year in the Plymouth Herald Sportsperson of the Year awards.


He started boxing aged 20 and has stuck with it as he finds it exciting.

I had a fight in the street that I didn’t win nor lose, but it inspired me to get in a gym and learn to deal with s*#t like that. I started the fight because the person who I had the ruck with, had started on me previously about a year before and when I was getting the better of him, his mates jumped me and kicked the crap out of me.

Having gained experience as an amateur boxer for the Royal Navy boxing team Rab turned his hand to coaching and is now concentrating on getting his boxers matched regularly and aims to take a fighter to the pinnacle of their boxing career.

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Rab coaches at Saltash ABC and Taurus MMA. He is semi-retired, working part time as a support worker.

When asked about his worst experience in boxing Rab said that he didn’t have any to speak of but if he could change anything…..

If it isn’t broke, why fix it? Head guards stop cuts, so why remove them and then expect males to box in the Olympics/Worlds/Commonwealths days on the bounce when the boxers haven’t grasped the concept of moving their heads or keeping their hands up? The WSB, what on earth is that all about? Where’s the dividing line between Ams and Pros? You qualify for the Olympics by winning a WSB and then go back as an amateur? Talk about confusion?



He said that his best experiences have been meeting people and making loads of friends.

His favourite fighter is Marvin Haggler and if he could fight like anyone who would it be?

Manny Pacquiao, the man is a whirlwind.



Funniest story about boxing?

Howard Foster for his stoppage of Max Maxwell against Tom Doran and also Carl Froch against George Groves in their first scrap. Blokes a Muppet! If he wasn’t serious when he stopped those fights you’d think he was having a laugh.


Social media

Facebook: Chris ‘Rab’ Butler

Twitter:  ChrisRabButler


Sponsors: Peverell Chiropractic Clinic.

Anyone who I’ve met who I know and respect, they know who they are. I do this for the love of the sport, the great people I have met and the happy memories the sport has brought me. Boxing is a great sport if people remember the principle of sportsmanship and stop being self-centred.



The Pound 4 pound Merry go Round….

There is a possibility of Mayweather trying to add a middleweight belt to his growing collection by re-matching Miguel Cotto.


Previously it seemed Cotto was going to face another former Mayweather challenger in Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on the chosen Mayweather fight date of May 2nd. That fight has now fell through leaving Cotto without an opponent for that date. Continue reading

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Jamie Speight

Published, Nov 21st 2014

‘The Genius’ Jamie Speight is a 26-year-old Super-Bantamweight from Torquay in Devon.

He currently lives and trains between Plymouth, Newton Abbot and Leeds and is a full-time professional boxer.

Jamie started boxing at the age of 7, and like many under the influence of his father.

I was picked on and a bit wimpy as a kid, so dad took me down the gym to ‘toughen me up’.

In recent time Jamie has relocated his training camp to Leeds where he trains under Sean O’Hagan alongside his former opponent and current European Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington.

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Jamie trains 6 days a week with the father and son team and only has one days rest. He also does strength and conditioning work with Adam Domyslawski in Plymouth.

With a record of 12-6 as a professional Jamie is an experienced pro who has recently picked up his 3rd Southern Area title in a stoppage win over Surrey favorite Craig Whyatt at the Camden Centre in London. All three of his Southern area titles have been won at different weights.


Jamie has a fight anyone attitude which has given him the experience of fighting for the English title against the unbeaten Josh Warrington (19-0), as well as Ben Jones (15-5-1), Nigel Wright (24-6-1), Kevin Hooper (15-3) and Lewis Petit (11-1). His win over the unbeaten prospect Craig Whyatt has caught the eyes of many and has led to him now facing Robbie Turley (13-5) in Bristol in a Super-Bantamweight British title eliminator on December 5th.


Currently managed by Stefy Bull and sponsored by Eliminate Risk Security, He is without a current promotional contract and is working towards a big deal in the new year.


When he isn’t boxing or seeing his friends and family he likes to watch fighters who fight with a lot of skill like Emanuel Augustus, Floyd Mayweather and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

We asked him about his own style of boxing and he said:

I can pretty much box any way I am required too. Up until my move of camp to Leeds I was predominantly a skilful, switch hitter with a very punch and move style……with a fight looming I can’t say too much more.

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Jamie loves to talk about boxing and was telling us about the highs and lows of the sport.

 My worst experience in boxing is being robbed of a blatant decision as the away fighter. It’s disgusting and ruins professional boxing.  If I could change anything about boxing it would be that whether you are fighting at home or away it would be a 50/50 fight and viewed that way by the judges or referee. Every one deserves a fair crack. Results can change careers and ultimately lives!

The best thing is the people you meet in boxing, it’s a proper boxing family and the levels of character and respect are fantastic. Me and Josh are a fine example of that.

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We asked Jamie about any funny stories he may have about training camps etc:

There are probably loads and most being a tad inappropriate you know boys being boys! Haha. I have a very good sense of humour always the joker in the gym and trying to lighten the mood in training. Always willing to help people and pass on my knowledge to others.



Social Media

Facebook: Jamie Speight

Twitter: @boxerjayspeight

Give him a follow and don’t forget the hashtags #TheGenius #TeamGenius

Acknowledgements and Thanks

My first thank you would go to all those people who follow my career and go out of their way to support me and buy tickets to watch me fight, that means the world and I appreciate every single individual that does so. A huge thanks goes out to my sports therapist Anne-Marie Rice from Newton Abbot who has kept me in fighting condition after many niggles and injurys throughout my career. I thank all my past coaches that have played their parts respectively and my current coach Sean who I have really settled with and see my future in boxing with this team. Thank you to my good friend Jack Green who cares a lot for my career and does my pads when I’m back home, big thank you to my current sponsors Eliminate Risk Security they are great guys with a great team and very good at what they do, they help me out a lot! You can visit their website by following this link: http://www.eliminate-risk.co.uk

Finally thank you to my dad Nigel…..he’s been there since the very start of this journey when I was 7-8 years old. The amount of hours and miles he has put in is unreal and he has helped me and in many ways guided me to where I am today. He is a father and a best mate and I will never be able to thank him enough.

Video links:

Please click on any of the links below to watch the videos.

Jamie vs Kevin Hooper

Jamie vs Josh Warrington

Jamie vs Ben Jones

Jamie vs John Van Emmis part 1

Jamie Vs John Van Emmis part 2

Jamie on the pads with ‘GW Boxing’ affiliate #CoachTroopa

Jamie vs Pavels Senkovs


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Boxing Clubs Plymouth Area

Devonport ABC:

Postcode: PL40WP

Address: Armada Club

Phone: 01752 558 126


Saltash ABC:

 Training times are from 7-9pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Membership subs are £5 for seniors and £3.50 for juniors per annum. Training sessions cost £1.50 each (cheap!). The club is situated behind the Saltash College campus in the K3 youth centre.

Postcode: PL12 4AE.

Facebook: Saltash ABC Face Book Group


Carl’ Boxing Stable:

Classes are Mon – Thurs 6-7 & 7-8 Fri 630-730 & Sat 1030 – 1130

Phone: 07837920150



Address: Taurus Gym, 3 Ermington Terrace, Mutley Plain, Plymouth, Devon PL4 6QG

Phone: 01752 551162 (12pm – 9pm only)
07763 801465 (Any other time)


Link to Timetable



Classes are at 6.30pm till 7.30pm on a Tuesday.

Also has a lot of open mat time for training using the punch bags etc.

Phone: 01752 265785

Email: info@hybridmma.co.uk

Address: Unit 2, 22 Clare Place, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0JW



( Mon – Fri – 9:00am – 8:30pm Sat – 10am – 4:00pm)

Phone: 01752227727

Address: 12 Sawrey Street, Plymouth, PL13LA



Courtney (FAT BOY) Richards

Courtney Richards loves to fight.


He came to our attention when he agreed to fight Stephen Simmons on the under-card of Josh Warrington’s European title fight in Leeds. In his own words he has often stated that he will fight anyone and this has been proven when he has gone on the road to fight guys with winning records like Simmons, China Clarke (13-1-1), Paul Drago (5-0), and Lawrence Bennett (4-0).

With a walk forward aggressive style he is entertaining to watch as you can see from his video clips towards the bottom of the page.

He started boxing on a whim at the age of 19 whilst trying to cut weight to play rugby. His brother was losing weight fast and looking good so he asked him how he was doing it and then joined in.


As a sports and fitness fanatic who already played rugby at a highly competitive level and also likes to run, swim and cycle, the ‘Fat Boy’ took to boxing like a duck to water. Finding out how much he liked the adrenaline rush of dangerous sports got him hooked, when asked about what he loves about boxing so much he replied;

I get to punch people without getting into trouble!


He says his worst experience to date is getting his jaw broken on a night out and being told he would never box again. Fortunately he was able to.

Courtney started as an amateur out of Carl’s Boxing stable under the tuition of Carl Robson. He had 12 amateur fights and finished with a winning record.


Richards regards his best career achievement to date  as turning professional and aims to make it big as a pro by going as far as he can winning as many titles possible along the way.


With a current record of 4-4-2 with 1 KO, Courtney has decided to make some changes to the way his boxing career is going.

He is currently training hard to lose bodyfat to compete at Light-Heavyweight or Super-Middleweight where he will more likely be stronger at the weight and with less body fat, more athletic overall.


He has also parted ways with trainer Carl Robson in favor of Erol Johnson and his team in Birmingham.

Courtney is also currently managed and promoted by Erol, and co-promoted by UKO Promotions (Daniel Mole).


Due to how much he enjoys the sport and the attention that comes with it Courtney is a full-time Pro who trains as much as he possibly can. He admits that his diet hasn’t always been the greatest hence the nickname ‘Fat-Boy’ but is now concentrating on getting everything to where it should be in order to improve on his 4 wins.


When you will fight anyone, you are bound to come up against it sometimes as Courtney’s record shows, but his grit and determination are second to none.

When I was still boxing as an amateur, I had a really bad tooth-ache before I was due to travel away for a fight. I took a whole pack of paramol on the way up there and was very drowsy in the changing room before the fight. I went out in the ring and knocked the kid out in the 2nd round!

Courtney is now facing leaving his friends and family behind in Plymouth whilst he moves to Birmingham to train with Erol Johnson at Wensbury boxing club. It’s a brave move and we look forward to seeing how things change for him.


Outside of the ring Courtney loves his rugby and other sports and spending time with his mates and family but boxing has brought him good things both between and outside of the ropes.

The best thing boxing has gave me is meeting plenty of famous faces & many great boxers! Also being noticed by the public when walking around my city, I love stopping to speak to people about boxing!


Courtney would like to give thanks to everyone who has helped him so far in his career and supported him as well as his sponsors listed below.

Kumho Tyres Ivybridge
Colebrook Customz
Steve Hunt Plant Hire
Plymstock Plumbing & Heating
Paul Sedgmen Snap-On
Larkham House Dental Practice
Jessica Pink Hair Stylist
Bodial Nutrition
Liz May Sports Therapy
Jo Blaine Promotions
Phoenix 316

Social media

Twitter: @realrichards

Instagram: Realrichards


Richards vs Henry Smith, Richards vs Igoris Borucha,

Richards vs Joshua Burke, Richards vs Jon Ibbotson


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Cristian Gomez

Cristian Hoskin Gomez

Christian Hoskin Gomez is a 19 year old Light-Heavyweight boxer from La Línea de la Concepción, Spain.

Gomez lives and studies in Plymouth and has been training at Carl’s Boxing Stable since the age of 16.

Amateur career:

As an amateur he took his first fight at 17 and had 10 bouts with an 8-2 record with 4 stoppages.

Professional career:

At 18 years old Gomez took a chance and switched to the professional game and unfortunately lost his first 2 fights. (Gomez’s Boxrec)

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Having accepted the losses were his own fault he took a step back from boxing for a short while to get himself in a better position to target that first win.

I had a long break off and now I’m back, feeling motivated, enjoying the training and cannot wait till my next fight.

He took the opportunity with both hands and knocked his opponent out in the first round.
His record now stands at 1-2.

Cristian is trained by Professional trainer Carl Robson and has a great attitude to how he sees his role in the sport. I asked him about his targets and any upcoming fights to which he replied:

Well I’m not sure really. I’m just going with it. I enjoy fighting so I will take any fights I can get. For me it doesn’t matter so much if I win or lose as long as I put in a good performance and the crowd enjoy watching it.

At Carl’s boxing stable Gomez has the backing of a good crowd who train with him and he has a good matchmaker in his manager and promoter Errol Johnson.

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Outside of boxing Gomez is studying NVQ Level 3 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at Kings Road College (PCFE) where he is in his final year.

Acknowledgements and thanks:

When we approaches Gomez to write a profile piece on him he asked to add in thanks to a few important people to his boxing career.

I would like to thank Errol Johnson for matchmaking my fights to date and always being on the lookout for my next one.

To Carl Robson for all the time spent on training me from when I first stepped into his gym and taking me all the way through as an amateur and now as professional. Without him nothing would be possible.

I’d like to thank everyone in Carl’s Boxing Stable for helping out with sparring, exercises and training.

And finally to everyone who’s supported me all the way in my career and who are still supporting me now!


Social Media:

Gomez is on Facebook and can be found here.


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Darren Townley

Updated, July 2015 by Lee Russell.

‘The Terminator’ Darren Townley is a real prospect for the future of Plymouth Boxing.


Darren is a 27 year old Light-Welterweight (64KG) professional boxer from Plymouth.

Darren is an encouraging crowd puller and is followed by many boxing fans from as far as the USA. He regularly makes the local papers sports pages and the city has high hopes for him as a professional.

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Whilst working as a boat builder for a world renowned company by day, Darren became one of the most hard working amateurs around usually training twice a day on top of working a full time job.

In 2012 whilst on a training camp out in the United States, he was fortunate enough to get some quality sparring at Edwin Valeros gym with some professional Mexican fighters and embark in some training at the world renowned ‘Wild Card Gym‘ with the likes of trainer Freddie Roach and former world champion and Olympic Silver medalist Amir Khan.

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Darren started out training with well know trainer Glynn Mitchell who matched him up against stiff competition almost immediately and after several fights was already fighting opponents with over 60 bouts to their name. Darren progressed quickly and is now ‘open class’ having had over 25 bouts himself.

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At age 27, Darren has made his move to the professional ranks. He has been working with James Bodley at ‘Total Rebuild’ to improve his strength and conditioning and concentrating on his key fitness at ‘Club Continental‘.

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He regularly competes in long distance races including 2014’s ‘Tough Mudder‘ and many half marathons and 10kms.

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In mid January 2015 Darren returned to Temecula California and started training in preparation for his pro debut.

To read about Darrens trip to California click here.

Acknowledgements and thanks:

Darren would like to thank his sponsors  ‘Concept Carpentry and building‘ and James Bodley of ‘Total Rebuild’ who is his strength and conditioning coach.

Social Media:

Facebook: Darren Townley

Twitter: @Townleyz


Townley vs Owen

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