College Boxing Student Aiming To Turn Professional

Amateur boxer Paul Archer, aged 19, from Easington, is hoping to turn professional following a surprise phone call from leading boxing promoter Frank Maloney.

Paul explains: “At the recent world title fight show at Rainton Meadows Arena my brother Ian gave Frank Maloney a DVD of my fight at the Senior ABA Championships, held back in March at the Peterlee Leisure centre. A few days later Frank called to discuss me joining his stable of professional boxers – I was absolutely stoked.”

Paul is currently a student at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus studying on the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, which the College delivers in partnership with the University of Sunderland, and he is part of the College’s highly successful Boxing Development Centre.

Reg Long, Chief Inspector (Northern Area) for the British Boxing Board of Control, came into the College yesterday to conduct Paul’s Trial Bout Report, where Paul spared with local light middleweight professional boxer Glenn Foot.

Mr Long is an ex-professional boxer, who for a time held the Northern Area Light Heavyweight Title, who’s biggest claim to fame is that he spared with Mohammed Ali when the then Heavyweight Champion of the World visited South Shields - back in 1977.

Reg’s Trial Bout Report, along with other medical tests and brain scans Paul has had to undergo, will now go down to the Board’s London Head Office for the panel to decide if Paul will be given a licence to box professionally.

David Binns, Head Boxing Coach at the College, said: “This is a great opportunity for the lad. I think it has all come along a little quicker than he imagined but he has always wanted to box professionally. I think he has loads of potential and can really see him developing – he’s a joy to trainer.”

All being well, Paul is hoping to have his first professional bout as a light welterweight (10st) at Phil Jefferies & Neil Fannan’s Boxing Show to be held at the Rainton Meadows Arena on 12th December.

If you’d like to join the College and enrol at the Boxing Academy and get to train with David Binns call student Services on 0191 518 8222 for more details.