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Hepper the Comeback Kid

HEPPER2Having 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.


Boxing News releases British Ratings for 2015


So how was 2015 for you?

The latest issue of esteemed fight magazine, Boxing News (Jan 7 2016) has its updated, end-of-year, British Ratings and there’s a healthy contingent of regional fighters within all bar two divisions (no middleweight or featherweight ranked fighters).

Fighting Chance fighters head up the two main divisions with Jone TK ranked 21 in the heavyweights and Jon-Lewis Dickinson ranked 7 in the cruiserweight class; both divisions have two further fighters keeping them company with TK joined by Tyneside duo Michael Dixon (33) and James Barnes (35). whilst Dickinson sees Sunderland’s Warren Baister (39) and fellow Fighting Chance fighter Paul O’Hagan (45) just about holding their own.

Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight has good regional representatives with four apiece, the former consisting of Jonson McClumpha (10), Sam Best (34), Scott Westgarth (37) and Steve Cooper (49) all holding a top 50 spot; whilst the latter sees Andrew Buchanan (25), Jordan King (28), Richard O’Neill (54) and Danny Wall (57) included.

There’ll be confusion with the ratings however as Fighting Chance duo of Paul O’Hagan (inactive) and Andrew Buchanan (retired) have not appeared for some time. O’Hagan had his first bout in sixteen months (February) against Tony Cruise and was stopped in the third round whilst nursing injuries, and Buchanan, who retired towards the end of the year for medical reasons, has not fought since February’s six round win over Mark Till. There is also no light heavyweight placing for the recently retired Travis Dickinson.

The Super Welterweight and Super Lightweight divisions also hold three regional fighters apiece with low placings for Lewis Scott (41), Basi Razaq (79) and Billy Snaith (99) in the former, Snaith however has only recently made his professional debut so expect that to change somewhat this year; and Anthony Hardy (36) sandwiched between the Saunders brothers, Bradley (9) and Jeff (45) in the latter.

As with O’Hagan and Buchanan in the higher divisions there’ll be confusion surrounding the placement of Sedgefield’s Jeff Saunders. Most outlets are still registering him has having had four fights when he has inn fact had five, and won all five, with his last being an impressive four round success in South Africa against Willis Baloyi.

The welterweight division is the busiest with eight fighters currently battling it out, three of whom hold a top 35 slot in Glenn Foot (7), Lee Mould (22) and Robert Dixon (23). Outside of the top 50 there is the upcoming Area title clash duo of Tom Whitfield (68) and Daniel Cope (69) as well as the recently-returned Gary Fox (52), Sunderland’s Isaac MacLeod (65) and Cope’s stable-mate, Liam Cammock (88).

With no Featherweights in the regional the lighter weight classes still has a good body of fighters although Mark White (44, Super Featherweight), Stuart Hall (4, Bantamweight) and Anthony Nelson (4, Super Flyweight) are presently lone soldiers.

In the Lightweight division there are five fighters fronted by Teesside’s Cameroon Olympian, Abdon Cesar (26) alongside tough duo and fellow Area title combatants John Green (30) and Peter Cope (31), other fighters ranked in the division include Lewis Ritson (37) and Jordan Ellison (81).

The final two divisions sees the Ward’s, Martin (5) and Tommy (8) holding court in the Super Bantamweight, joined by Paul Gidney (23) and the lightest division, the Flyweight’s, has Thomas Essomba (5) and Gary Reeve (14).