Chelmsford’s light-heavyweight ‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church (7-2-1, 1KO) will compete in the second installment of Ultimate Boxxer at the O2 Indigo, London on November 2nd.
The 29-year-old is ready to embark on the toughest challenge of his career so far and was kind enough to take some time out of his busy training schedule to speak with us at Talkin Boxing with Billy C.
We asked Darrel about his stoppage defeat to Jordan Joseph (7-2-1, 1KO) who ironically will also be participating in Ultimate Boxxer II.
“I was doing really well until the doctor obviously stopped it.” said a clearly gutted Church.
“Sometimes I wish I had got chinned rather than have the fight stopped the way it was. Its quite hard to take but when he put me down he hit me on the back of the head anyway.
“I got up and was a little bit dazed but it weren’t until I watched the footage back that I actually noticed he got me at the back of the head. At the time I got up carried on.”
With the fight still in the balance it was stopped in the eighth round due to Church sustaining damage to his left eye;
“It was only when I returned to my corner I couldn’t see out of my left eye. My trainer was looking at it and didn’t want me to carry on. But after another round and it being looked at for a second time my trainer asked the Doctor to take a look. I would rather have a trainer like that rather than making me carry on but obviously as a fighter you do want to carry on.”
There is clearly unfinished business for the Essex puncher who is scheduled in for a rematch against Joseph in December but would also welcome a fight in between during the Ultimate Boxxer, Church said:
“It was scheduled in because the main thing I wanted was a rematch. I have been trying to get that ever since that fight. Then when I was away on holiday Steve Goodwin called me up and told me that the Ultimate Boxxer want to do a Light-Heavyweight tournament and how do I feel about taking part. I obviously snapped it straight up.
“He [Steve Goodwin] told me that Jordan Joseph was going to be taking part as well. If we do fight each other at the tournament it will be strange but all my fans obviously want me to go against him because of what happened before. That’s definitely something that I want to do but I think we will be sick of each other by the end of the year.”
A first round knockout of Rikke Askew under co-promotion Hayemaker shows that the 175-pounder is really starting to establish is power. We asked the former unlicensed boxer what changes he’s made in camp:
“Rikke Askew was 2 and 2 so that first round KO was good for me. I’d been working on my power and just got him out of there. I’m defiantly hitting a lot harder now.
“I am doing strength and conditioning now where I never did it before. I’ve got a strength and conditioning coach now who I go to at least two, if not three times a week. So that had made a massive difference for me. Before I didn’t need that side of it but now I do as I am up against boys with access to all that technology. That has definitely helped.”
When Ultimate Boxxer was offered to Church by his promoter Steve Goodwin the opportunity was just too good to turn down for the PrizeFighter fan, which was a similar model to the Ultimate Boxxer hosted by Matchroom Boxing:
“Ever since I turned pro I always said I wanted to do PrizeFighter”. said Church.
“I used to watch PrizeFighter all the time so having this opportunity was what I wanted. It couldn’t have worked out any better for me. I think I’ve worked so hard since 2014 to get into a position like this. This is where I want to be. I am going to make sure there is no stone left unturned.”
Darrel was very forthcoming during the whole interview but decided to keep his training methods very close to his chest, stating:
“I’ve said to Ultimate Boxer that I don’t want to give away of my training methods. I don’t want go into what I am planning. We do have a different strategy and all I can say is that I am working very hard doing bursts.”
With the demanding task of Ultimate Boxxer with the lucrative £50k prize money and the sought-after golden robe we asked ‘Dazzling’ Darrel Church what it would mean to him if he won this grueling competition:
“It would mean everything to me. Like we discussed earlier I’ve had my ups and my downs. It’s now got to a point where I’ve got the experience of winning, experience of losing, experience of being in tough fights and I’ve got the experience of being in a few easier fights. I think I’ve got the whole package, the heart and the hunger to win it.
“Sparring has just been spot on. I’ve never had a camp where sparring has gone so well. Literally the whole camp has been bang on. I’m bang in my prime and it’s the best I’ve ever felt.”
Darrel Church will be wearing the green shots for Ultimate Boxxer II live on channel 5 on Friday 2nd November.
We would like to thank Darrel for taking the time to speak with me. We hope to have him back on BillyCBoxing soon and don’t forget to watch the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Program.