Neil Hepper


Born: 06.03.1988 (age 29); Darlington, County Durham

Division: Super Lightweight

Record: 9 – 4

Manager: Steve Wraith

Sponsors: Boxfit Health ClubBoss EmbroideryDL Sports Therapy – 3D Strength

Appearances (as of August 2017)

17/09/2010 vs Matt Seawright Won PTS4 (40-36)                                Dolphin Centre, Darlington

12/12/2010 vs Damien Turner Won PTS6 (60-53)                             Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring

18/09/2011 vs Graham Fearn Won PTS4 (40-36)                           Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring

25/03/2012 vs Gary Fox Lost PTS6 (57-58)                                           Borough Hall, Hartlepool

30/09/2012 vs Gary Fox Lost TKO5 (1:50) Northern Area                       Borough Hall, Hartlepool

16/11/2012 vs Arturas Zbarauskas Won PTS4 (40-36)                         Dolphin Centre, Darlington

15/09/2013 vs Youseff Al Hamidi Won PTS4 (40-36)                    Northern Echo Arena, Darlington

05/10/2013 vs Luke Campbell Lost TKO1 (1:59)                                        O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), London

23/05/2014 vs Graham Fearn Won PTS4 (40-36)                             Dolphin Centre, Darlington

29/11/2014 vs. Kevin Hooper Lost PTS6 (56-60)                         Doncaster Dome, Doncaster

25/09/2016 vs. Alec Bazza Won PTS4 (40-36)                                               St. James Park, Newcastle

26/11/2016 vs. Michael Mooney Won PTS4 (40-37)                               Dolphin Centre, Darlington

22/04/2017 vs. Michal Vosyka Won PTS4 (40-36)                                     Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield






Cobra gets a re-work after Hickman dived back into the fray


Video interview HERE

‘The Cobra’ was originally released into the public domain in 2011.

Now, following on from its subjects’ conclusive dismissal of domestic rival George Groves at the end of May 2014, publishers Random House have requested an update. Author and sports journalist, the 25 year veteran Niall Hickman has been more than happy to oblige.

Having met some ten years ago, when Carl Foch was an unbeaten 14-0(11) English, British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion the pair have built an immense, professional, working relationship.

“I’ve probably met him around a thousand times and discussed life, love and unity with him on many occasion,” claimed Mr Hickman.

Having won the WBC world title in 2008 (against Jean Pascal) he would go onto the Super Six tournament, suffering his only two losses when up against Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward. It was during this period Hickman would aid in penning the autobiography of one of Nottingham’s finest.

Having done Manchester legend, Ricky Hatton’s book, ‘The Hitman,’ five years prior to Carl’s the author found it difficult comparing the penning of the two.

“The two are very honest characters and they both have very extensive, individual, past histories,” Hickman continued.

“Carl regards his reputation and has been more favourable to his book than what Ricky was; he (Froch) was very keen to scrutinise every page, every word and it’s obvious that he cares somewhat about his reputation.

“Ricky was, quite simply, an open book whereas Carl is the exact opposite and was very reticent about going down particular routes. When you look at the two or any autobiography in fact, the amount of money involved wasn’t life changing but, with someone like Carl then, what you see on the television is not what you get in real life.”

The book in fact throws out a number of superlatives about ‘The Cobra’ as well as delving into professional wars across the Super Six tournament, and the two fights with a certain George Groves.

Ask him if he has ever been scared going into the ring though and he’ll simply say: “A cobra is never scared.”


Watch our exclusive interview at last years ‘An Evening with Carl Froch’ on our youtube channel now (or see videos right)