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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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