Darren Hamilton Boxing’s Cinderella Man

Darren Hamilton – From Sleeping in a Gym’s Towel Cupboard to Lonsdale Belt

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Darren Hamilton (14-2) is the junior welterweight champion of Britain. Hamilton’s second triumphant defence was on the bill headlined by David Price’s heavyweight rematch with Tony Thompson. This was a world away from the not-so-distant days when the then broke & homeless fighter slept in the boxing gym’s towel cupboard as he endured a series of career & life mishaps.

Darren Hamilton took possession of the iconic Lonsdale Belt at the age of 33. Based in London and promoted by the effervescent Spencer Fearon and trained by Harry Andrews, the Easton-born fighter caused a stir in British fight circles by out-pointing the now Money Team member Ashley Theophane (33-5-1) to take the British light welterweight title against the odds at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool in 2012.

I don’t think anyone else thought this could happen to me, but I never stopped believingDarren Hamilton

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Darren Hamilton celebrates his win over Adil Anwar with Promoter & Manager Spencer Fearon. Photo with kind permission of Spencer Fearon.

Hamilton was a very late replacement for Steve Williams, he took the fight on four days’ notice. He was also “severely ill” when he got the call. This win was beyond extraordinary. Theophane chose to fight Hamilton rather than Prizefighter winner Adil Anwar. Darren Hamilton got the nod by scores of 117-112, 118-112 & 115-113 on the judges scorecards.

Hamilton’s awkward style was simply unfathomable to a highly esteemed champion in Theophane. That Theophane has gone on to be signed by the Mayweather’s & will be opening the PPV televised card for the Mayweather vs. Canelo mega-show in Vegas next week is further credit to the calibre of fighter that Britain’s Cinderella Man has evolved into under the stewardship of Fearon & Andrews. Ironically Fearon enjoys strong links with both Theophane & the Mayweathers with both he & indeed Hamilton himself fully supportive of Ashley’s bid to win a career making fight against Pablo Cano (26-3-1) on September 14.

I love being an underdogHamilton

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Darren Hamilton with promoter & mentor Spencer Fearon.  Photo with kind permission of Spencer Fearon.

Darren  turned professional back in 2006. Hamilton become disillusioned and quit the ring in October 2007. He then moved to London & returned to a boxing gym in 2010. He made his comeback after two-and-a-half years away from boxing when he lost a points decision to Daryl Setterfield, one of only two defeats in his career.

Hamilton maintains: “I only wanted to box if I could be the best and I stopped because I no longer believed I could be. But things turned around for me after I moved to London and meeting Spencer Fearon changed everything.

Darren has forged a dramatically successful synergy with promoter Fearon and trainer Harry Andrews as a member of Hard Knocks Promotions – the it name in British boxing, which continues to gain plaudits for a sensational stable of esteemed fighters and highly acclaimed promotions.

Matt Hamilton in London for ESNewsReporting!

Matt Hamilton

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