Unbeaten light-middleweight boxer, Chris ‘The Bull’ Baugh 1-0-0 has been matched with his second opponent in the paid ranks as Hungarian, Laszlo Jambrik 3(1)-6(3)-0 on the Hellraiser Promotions show at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross on February 7th.
The action-packed show titled ‘The Class of 2015’ is headlined by hard-hitting heavyweight ‘The Brixton Villain’ Dillian Whyte and features unbeaten prospects Aaron Morgan, Yasin Basar and Darryl Williams. Baugh, 26-years-old from Islington, successfully completed his professional debut with a shut-out points win last November over opponent Harjinder Gill 0-8-0 at the same venue in a four round contest.
‘The Bull’ takes to the same stage this weekend looking to double his win tally to kick off his 2015 campaign with a win. Foreign import Jambrik has visited the venue in Kings Cross the same amount of times as the home fighter as he fought there last November becoming the first stoppage on Barnet boxer Angel Banev’s unbeaten record on February 21st just one week before Baugh took his pro bow at the same arena winning all four rounds in a shut-out points victory over Harjinder Gill 0-9(2)-1 on February 28th.
“The thing is, when he fought in London, he had to retire in the second round with an injury so it wasn’t easy to see much of him but I’ve checked him out on YouTube,” said Baugh. “He’s quite clever, slick, can counter punch, and he’s got some boxing skills so it’ll be a good test for me. This will also be something different for me, he looks relatively game and gritty.
Angel Banev scored his first and only stoppage win over Jambrik and has been on hand to offer advice to Baugh, “Angel’s a sparring partner of mine although we didn’t spar in this camp, but he’s a good guy. We had a little chat a couple of days before my opponent was actually confirmed, he gave me a tape of his fight and if I have any questions then he will be always willing to help out, but I’ll be going in to do the best I can do. What Angel did worked for Angel but I’ll use my best judgement when I’m in there.”
He elaborated, “I’ll get in there in the first round and see what’s in front of me. I won’t say in detail what I’m thinking about, I’m comfortable on the inside as you can see from the first fight but I can also box at range but I’m really just keen to work on the things my coach highlighted to me. If you got something that works then great but if you wanna get better then you gotta work on those things. “The first fight, I could sense he was hurt but I wanted to just get the rounds in and see what I can do so I wanted to let the fight carry out. I won’t be looking for a stoppage because when you do, it doesn’t always come.”
Speaking from his Islington Gym and looking in great physical shape, Baugh remarked, “Training camp’s gone well, it was a bit hard to get stuff going after Christmas but I’ve enjoyed it. “I was back in the gym on 27th December so it’s been non-stop. Sparring has been varied, done lots of rounds with lots of different boys; orthodox, southpaw, and lots of different levels. I’m preparing for the fight but also trying to build my skillset.”
Baugh currently juggles his pro boxing career with his own personal training business and is coached by Bevis Allen and Roy Callaghan out of Rooney’s Gym in London.
Baugh explained how interest amongst fans has already started to increase, “I’ve had plenty of interest from a lot of people, they’re not coming because they’re curious, they’re coming because they liked my fight and because they enjoyed what I did and they want to come and see it again; and this time they’re bringing loads of friends.”
Baugh concluded, “It’s always nice when people say they enjoyed my fight as we are all entertainers so it’s good to hear and I want to be in the entertaining fights.”
Hard-hitting heavyweight Dillian Whyte 12(9)-0-0 heads the line up on the night as he faces his toughest test yet against Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento 17(15)-7(4)-0. 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)-0-0 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.
Exciting light-heavyweight Yasin Basar 4(2)-0-0 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(10)-32(10)-2 in just his second pro fight – exactly one week after travelling to Hungary for his debut.
Basildon’s Romany Gypsy super-middleweight starlet Sam Stokes 2-0-0 appears on the bill looking to extend his winning run to three in three. The 24-year-old six-foot-tall Essex lad was unbeaten in 11 fights in the unlicensed circuit and brings a large army of fans with him in support. Welterweight Joe Hayes 2-0-0 from Bournemouth also looks to make it a trio of wins since joining the paid ranks in October last year. Super-middleweight Darryll Williams 8(2)-0-0 will seek to carry on his fantastic record and edge closer to double figures undefeated.
The 24-year-old from Forest Hill nicknamed ‘Ferocious’ really came of age in 2014 scoring a shut-out points victory over Joe Walsh 2-15(3)-2 in February as well as two first round KO wins over southpaw James Child 1-15(4)-0 and Lewis van Poetsch 3-15(4)-0. Cruiserweight Michael Lobb 1-0-0 is in action against, as yet, unnamed opponent attempting to double his win tally. Michael O’Rourke will be the only debutant on the show making his pro bow over four rounds with opponent yet to be confirmed.
Tickets to the show are priced at £35 for standard and £70 for ringside and available from Team Bull on 07761 269 256.