Darren Barker

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Darren Barker
Statistics
Real nameDarren Barker
Nickname(s)Dazzling
Rated atMiddleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
NationalityBritish
Born(1982-05-19) 19 May 1982 (age 31)
Barnet
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins26
Wins by KO16
Losses1
No contests0
 
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Darren Barker
Statistics
Real nameDarren Barker
Nickname(s)Dazzling
Rated atMiddleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
NationalityBritish
Born(1982-05-19) 19 May 1982 (age 31)
Barnet
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins26
Wins by KO16
Losses1
No contests0
Darren Barker
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Competitor for  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold2002 ManchesterLight Welterweight

Darren Barker is an English middleweight boxer.[1] He is a former holder of the British and European middleweight titles and a former holder of the Commonwealth title. As an amateur he won gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.[2] Barker defeated Australian Daniel Geale via a points decision in Atlantic City to become the IBF world middleweight champion on 17 August 2013.

Amateur career[edit]

Barker started his boxing career at a young age, he trained at Finchley and District Amateur Boxing club in New Barnet where he was trained by Jimmy Oliver (father of former European Champion Spencer Oliver) amongst others. After a successful and long period at the club, Barker decided to move on to further his boxing skills and begun training at the Repton Boys Club in Bethnal Green, there he was trained by the highly regarded boxing coach, Tony Burns. Darren's father, Terry, was also a successful amateur boxer at Repton, winning the ABA Championships in 1981. In 2002 Barker won the Commonwealth Games Gold medal at the championships held in Manchester. He also became a Multi nations Champion and Class C NABC Champion. Prior to the decision to turn professional Barker's amateur record stood at 68 fights, 55 wins and 13 losses.

Professional career[edit]

Barker's first outing as a professional took place on 24 September 2004 with a fight at the Ice Arena in Nottingham defeating journeyman Howard Clarke. He next fought on 12 November 2004 at the Conference center in Wembley stopping David White in the 2nd round ensuring that his debut year as a professional was an unbeaten one.[3]

Throughout 2005 Barker fought on five more occasions winning each time and then kept busy in 2006 with another seven contests winning all of them. One notable contest during that year took place on 15 September 2006 and was for the Southern Area Middleweight title with Barker beating Hussein Osman at the Alexandra Palace in Wood Green. Other notable victories that year included wins over Danny Thornton in May and Paul Samuels in December.[3] A successful start to his career was then violently curtailed when on 10 December 2006 Barker received the news that his brother Gary, also a boxer, had been killed in a car accident.[4] Following the accident Darren decided to take a break from boxing[5] eventually returning to the ring on 5 October 2007 with a win over Greg Barton at the York Hall.

Commonwealth champion[edit]

On 14 November 2007 Barker fought for his first major title, the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight belt. His opponent, the undefeated Australian Ben Crampton had won 20 fights to date with only one draw. Barker won the fight at the York Hall by unanimous decision over 12 rounds to lift the title.[6] His first defence saw him beat former British & European title challenger Steve Bendall with a seventh round stoppage. Barker then travelled to Canada in August 2008 and beat local man Larry Sharpe, a former Canadian champion and Commonwealth challenger, in a non-title fight over 10 rounds.[7][8] On 13 December 2008, Barker defended his title for the second time against Northern Ireland's Jason McKay forcing him to retire at the end of round six. Barker's third defence of the title took place on 23 May 2009 against Dudley's Darren McDermott in a fight which was also billed as a British title eliminator. The fight which was held at the Watford Colosseum ended with a fourth round stoppage for the champion.[9]

British champion[edit]

On 28 November 2009 Barker defeated Danny Butler, at the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood to lift the vacant British Middleweight title with the fight also doubling as a fourth defence of his Commonwealth crown. The original opponent for the fight Wayne Elcock, a former champion, had withdrawn due to a stomach virus meaning that Butler had come into the contest at short notice. Barker's class showed, and the referee called a stop to the fight in round 7 deciding that Butler, who had recently lost to Darren McDermott in a challenge for the English title, was in no position to continue.[10]

European champion[edit]

On 9 April 2010 Barker claimed the European title with a unanimous points victory over Affif Belghecham of France. The shot at the European belt was unexpected following the surprise vacating of the title by previous holder Matthew Macklin who had hopes of pursuing World title ambitions.[11] The fight against Belghecham, the reigning French and EU champion, proved to be the toughest of his career so far with the Frenchman pushing Barker all the way.[12] Barker, now the holder of three championship belts, decided to vacate the Commonwealth title[13] and set his sights upon defending the British and European belts against Matthew Macklin, whose world title ambitions did not materialise, later in the year in an eagerly anticipated fight dubbed the 'Battle of Britain'. The fight was to be one of the showcases of Frank Warrens 'Magnificent Seven' boxing event to be shown live on SKY PPV on 18 September 2010.[14] The fight however had to be called off following the re-occurrence of a hip injury whilst sparring for the contest meaning that Barker had to pull out of the contest and relinquish the title. Barkers trainer Tony Sims said of the decision to pull him out of the fight "Everyone knows he had a hip operation a few months back and the day before yesterday (31 August 2010) he broke down for a second time. A few weeks ago is when it first happened I gave him five days off, but it went again this week midway through when he was sparring Danny Cadman...He asked for a few more days off but how long do you keep doing that for?."[15] Barker's would be opponent Matthew Macklin eventually won the now vacant title fight following a 6th round win over Georgia's late replacement Shalva Jomardashvili.[16][17]

Two time champion[edit]

On 1 May 2011 Barker regained the now vacant European middleweight title with a points win over Italy's Domenico Spada at the Olympia in London after over 12 months away from the ring. The Londoner was declared the winner after the judges scored the contest 115–113 and 116–113 after 12 rounds.[18][19] Prior to the fight Barker spoke of his excitement at returning to the ring following his hip injury saying "I'm really excited about it and eager to show the general public what I'm made of" he added "training has gone well. [I've] been out for a year now, and I'm really looking forward to getting back in there."[20] The fight also represented Barker's first outing with his new representatives Matchroom Sport after splitting from long time promoter Mick Hennessey, Barker described teaming up with Barry and Eddie Hearn at Matchroom as the "best thing to do" and said that he felt moving promoters would "benefit my career."[21]

Middleweight World Title Attempt[edit]

On 1 October 2011 Barker fought Argentinian Sergio Martinez for the WBC Diamond Middleweight title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Martinez, in his previous encounters, had worked his way up to third in the pound for pound world rankings with victories over the likes of Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and Sergiy Dzinziruk. The fight resulted in another successful defence for Martinez as Barker suffered a first career defeat with an 11th round knockout.[22]

Rebuilding[edit]

On 9 March 2013, Darren Barker began a comeback by facing off against Italy's Simone Rotolo (34-3, 15 KO's) for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight Title in the Wembley Arena in London. Barker scored a first round knockdown and went on to win the title as Rotolo retired with an injured hand in the fourth round.

World Champion[edit]

On 17 August 2013, Barker challenged Australian Daniel Geale for Geale's IBF Middleweight world title. Despite being knocked down by his Australian opponent in the sixth round, Barker battled back and win his first honours at world level taking a split decision victory.[23]

First Title Defense[edit]

In early Autumn 2013, it was announced by Eddie Hearn that Barker's first defense of the IBF Middleweight Title would be against veteran German boxer Felix Sturm at the Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany on December 7th 2013.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (16 knockouts), 1 Defeat, 0 Draws[3]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
N/AN/AGermany Felix SturmN/A- (12)7 December 2013Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GermanyDefending IBF Middleweight world title.
Win26–1Australia Daniel GealeSD1217 August 2013United States Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon IBF Middleweight world title.
Win25–1Italy Simone RotoloTKO4 (12)9 March 2013United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, UKIBF International Middleweight title
Win24–1Wales Kerry HopeTKO4 (12)8 December 2012United Kingdom Olympia, London, UK
Loss23–1Argentina Sergio MartinezTKO11 (12)1 October 2011United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyThe Ring Middleweight title on the line.
Win23–0Italy Domenico SpadaUD1230 April 2011United Kingdom Olympia, London, UKFor the vacant EBU (European) Middleweight title.
Win22–0France Affif BelghechamUD129 April 2010United Kingdom Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, UKFor the vacant EBU (European) Middleweight title.
Win21–0United Kingdom Danny ButlerTKO7 (12)28 November 2009United KingdomBrentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, UKRetained Commonwealth & won vacant BBBofC Middleweight titles.
Win20–0United Kingdom Darren McDermottTKO4 (12)23 May 2009United KingdomBrentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, UKRetained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win19–0United Kingdom Jason McKayRTD6 (12)13 December 2008United Kingdom International Centre, Brentwood, Essex, UKRetained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win18–0Canada Larry SharpeUD1015 August 2008Canada The Venue at River Cree, Enoch, AlbertaRetained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win17–0United Kingdom Steven BendallTKO7 (12)22 February 2008United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UKRetained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win16–0Australia Ben CramptonTKO7 (12)14 November 2007United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UKWon vacant Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win15–0United Kingdom Greg BartonTKO3 (10)5 October 2007United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK
Win14–0United Kingdom Paul SamuelsKO1 (10)8 December 2006United KingdomGoresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex, UK
Win13–0United Kingdom Ojay AbrahamsRTD1 (10)24 November 2006United KingdomIce Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
Win12–0Syria Hussain OsmanUD1015 September 2006United KingdomAlexandra Palace, Wood Green, London, UKWon BBBofC Southern Area Middleweight title.
Win11–0United Kingdom Conroy McIntoshTKO7 (8)12 July 2006United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK
Win10–0United Kingdom Danny ThorntonKO6 (8)12 May 2006United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK
Win9–0France Louis MimouneTKO2 (8)17 February 2006United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK
Win8–0United Kingdom Richard MazurekUD820 January 2006United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK
Win7–0United Kingdom John Paul TempleTKO6 (6)2 December 2005United KingdomIce Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
Win6–0United Kingdom Dean WalkerUD616 July 2005United KingdomPrince Regent Hotel, Chigwell, Essex, UK
Win5–0United Kingdom Ernie SmithUD69 July 2005United KingdomIce Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
Win4–0Belarus Andrei SherelTKO3 (6)10 April 2005United KingdomLeisure Centre, Brentwood, Essex, UK
Win3–0United Kingdom Leigh WicksTKO4 (6)26 March 2005United KingdomEmpire Theatre, Hackney, London, UK
Win2–0United Kingdom David WhiteTKO2 (4)12 November 2004United KingdomConference Centre, Wembley, London, UK
Win1–0United Kingdom Howard ClarkeUD624 September 2004United KingdomIce Arena, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UKBarker's professional debut.

Official website[edit]

http://www.darrenbarker.co.uk/

References[edit]

  1. ^ Darren Barker Professional record. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  2. ^ BBC | Gold for Barker in Manchester. BBC News (2002-08-03). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  3. ^ a b c Darren Barker professional record. Boxrec. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  4. ^ BBC Sport | Boxing mourns death of young star. BBC News (2006-12-18). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  5. ^ Times Series | Barker ready for comeback[dead link]
  6. ^ Barker wins Commonwealth title. Fox Sports (2007-11-15). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  7. ^ Barker impresses on Canadian debut. Telegraph. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  8. ^ Darren Barkers Official Website. Dazzlingdarrenbarker.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  9. ^ BBC Sport | Barker crushes McDermott ambition. BBC News (2009-05-23). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  10. ^ BBC Sport | Barker far too good for Butler. BBC News (2009-11-29). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  11. ^ Boxing News | Barker lands Euro title shot. Boxingnewsonline.net. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  12. ^ Darren Barker wins European belt. Fight Franchise (2010-04-09). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  13. ^ Martin Murray has sights set on commonwealth title. Liverpool echo. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  14. ^ Barker and Macklin all set for September showdown. The Mirror (2010-07-18). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  15. ^ Boxing News | Darren Barker and Tony Sims on the Macklin fight pull out. Boxingnewsonline.net. Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  16. ^ BBC Sport | Macklin to face Jomardshavili for title. BBC News (2010-09-03). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  17. ^ Macklin wins back Euro belt. The Sun (2010-09-18). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  18. ^ BBC sport | Darren Barker regains European title on ring return. BBC News (2011-04-30). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  19. ^ Darren dazzles on comeback. The Sun (2011-05-01). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  20. ^ BBC Sport | Barker excited about Olympia bout. BBC News (2011-04-26). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  21. ^ Barker eyes a big match. The Express (2011-04-28). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  22. ^ BBC Sport | Barker knocked out by Sergio Martinez in WBC title fight. BBC News (2011-10-02). Retrieved on 2012-05-26.
  23. ^ "Boxing: Darren Barker becomes IBF world middleweight champion after defeating Daniel Geale by a split decision in Atlantic City". Independent. 18 August 2013. 
Preceded by
Howard Eastman
vacated
Commonwealth Middleweight Champion
14 November 2007 – 16 July 2010
Succeeded by
vacated
Martin Murray
Preceded by
Matthew Macklin
vacated
British Middleweight Champion
28 November 2009 – 18 June 2011
Succeeded by
vacated
Martin Murray
Preceded by
Matthew Macklin
vacated
European Middleweight Champion
9 April 2010 – 18 September 2010
Succeeded by
vacated
Matthew Macklin
Preceded by
Matthew Macklin
vacated
European Middleweight Champion
30 April 2011 – 1 October 2011
Succeeded by
vacated
Grzegorz Proksa
Preceded by
Daniel Geale
IBF Middleweight Champion
17 August 2013–present
Incumbent