Having not fought since November 2014, in a reverse with Kevin Hopper at the Doncaster Dome, Darlington’s Neil Hepper finally makes his eagerly awaited comeback on the Steve Wraith promotion ‘Friday 13 Fight Night’ in Hepper’s home town on Friday May 13.
The Dolphin Centre will play host to a plethora of regional talent as Hepper is joined by a British Challenge title clash for Hartlepool’s Peter Cope among others. For Hepper it is an opportunity to pull back nearly eighteen months of inactivity and show that, although he has not fought, he still knows a thing or two.
All roads now lead to May 13 for the 28-year-old who has not stopped training, he works at BoxFit Health Club, but now, with six solid weeks left, it’s all systems go. He said: “Everything is good now and I’m back in full training and raring to go for the 13th.
“The weeks have flown over since we began talking about my comeback and now we’re into the final six weeks it’s mind-blowing. I’m glad to be back though but I’m not putting any pressure on myself, especially knowing what things were like the first time around. I’m not a beginner, I’ve had ten professional bouts and a lot of amateur so this is about coming back and winning in style.”
Since the announcement of his return, and his signing of management terms with Tyneside-based promoter-manager Steve Wraith, Hepper, thanks to the intervention of Tracey Saunders, has been immersed in a training camp alongside Jeff Snr and Jnr, Bradley, Mark McGuinness et al at the South Durham stronghold.
It is a move that, with belief and raw energy, can pay massive dividends, for Team Saunders, Hepper, and the increasing fan base.
“I’m bouncing off the lads in there,” added Neil.
“When you’re in with someone like Jeff, and the amateur lads, the lot of whom are constantly out fighting, then the atmosphere is more than good. It adds extra interest to what I’m doing and it seems like there’s a lot more this time around so I’m looking forward to the next few weeks and seeing people again.”
Hepper is sponsored by BoxFit Health Club, DL Sports Therapy, Boss Printing & Embroidery and 3D Strength Fightwear; the show is sponsored by Elixir @ Bijou Darlington, the official after party venue and Grosvenor Casino. Tickets are now on sale via fighters and the PBNG Ticket Site.