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Boxer Robbie: who cares wins?

Middleweight set for his first six-round bout, boosted by winners of football event

01 March, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Robbie Chapman with the footballers who took part in a special five-a-side football tournament to win tickets for his fight at the York Hall this weekend

THE broom is back – and what’s even better is a team of teachers from a secondary school in Somers Town have won ringside seats to see it in action.

FC Regent High were crowned champions of a special over-16s five-a-side football tournament on Saturday at Somers Town Community Sports Centre in Chalton Street. Having stormed through a round-robin group stage featuring five other sides, they then won their way to the final, where they recorded a resounding 5-1 victory over Hendon All-Stars.

The players were punching the air with joy when they were handed their prize – tickets to see boxer Robbie Chapman step into the ring for his first six-rounder in the professional ranks.

The middleweight, who lives in Chalk Farm, organised the tournament to help promote his bout against Islington’s Jordan “The Brown Eagle” Grannum this Saturday at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

What Robbie – dubbed “The Camden Caretaker” because he juggles training with working full-time as a caretaker – didn’t know at the time was that the winners would all come from the Charrington Street-based school where he works.

“The tournament was a great success. There was a good turnout, with 30 players taking part,” said Robbie.

Robbie ‘The Camden Caretaker’ Chapman (third from right) with the FC Regent High team

“Everyone had fun. I also held a raffle on the day so almost everyone left with a prize.

“It was extra special that a team from Regent High School were the big winners as they will now get the chance to come along and support me on Saturday. The side included a former pupil who has wanted to see one of my fights for ages but hasn’t had the opportunity – now he can. It promises to be a great night.

“The winners also took home some healthy cookies provided by Camden-based business The Health Kitchen. I also want to thank my other sponsors, the Turmeric Co and KMT Apparel for all donating their products for prizes.”

Robbie hit the headlines in October when he beat Callum Ide on points. What made the night even more special was his attempts to entertain his fans before he even got into the ring at the Tottenham Leisure Centre. The former St Pancras ABC amateur lifted the crowd by dancing into the ring with his broom in tow, sweeping along to the sound of MC Eksman’s song In Love.

Robbie has revealed that the broom will be back on Saturday, but refused to give too much away.

“I have the feeling my broom may be making another appearance, but for now that’s all I’m saying,” added the 25-year-old, who is making his fourth professional appearance – the previous three all being fought over four rounds.

“What I will say is that I’m really looking forward to the fight. I’m getting more and more excited by the day, I just can’t wait. Training has gone really well, and I’m ready to step up for the six-rounder.”


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