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Watchman who’s calling the shots on stardom trail

06 July, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

BUDDING boxer Robbie “The Camden Caretaker” Chapman has aspirations of being crowned a national champion when he turns professional next year.

But for now he says he is happy changing the lives of youngsters in Somers Town.

The 23-year-old middle­weight, who lives in Chalk Farm, will be heading into the pro ranks with 22 wins from 31 fights under his belt.

But first, Robbie, who is a caretaker at Regent High School in Chalton Street – which is how he got his catchy nickname – says he is committed to giving back to the community.

You’ll find him coaching a talented and energetic bunch of young boxers (pictured right) at the Somers Town Community Sports Centre every Thursday afternoon.

Youth worker Jamie King praised the popular sessions. “Robbie is doing a fantastic job with the young people. They love every second of his workshops,” said Jamie.

Robbie first got into boxing with his friends when he was in secondary school. They used to meet in the park, slip on a pair of gloves, and see who came out on top. He liked it so much that he soon joined St Pancras Boxing Club in Kentish Town, where he perfected his skills.

Robbie (pictured above in his IQ Boxing top), has won five of his last six fights – a run of results that has left him craving the challenge that comes with the paid ranks.

“I have learnt a lot in the amateurs, but I feel now is the right time, with my age, my coach, and my fitness, to turn pro,” said Robbie, who trains with Xavier Miller of IQ Boxing.

“I love boxing, and I’m going to give it everything that I have to make a living out of it.

“My first big target is winning the Southern Area title. I will be working towards that target every single day, and taking it fight by fight.”

Reflecting on the work that he’s doing in Somers Town, Robbie revealed that he is not only trying to get the kids fit and healthy – he is also on the lookout for the next big boxing star.

He said: “I want to keep them busy, give them something to do, and keep them fit and healthy.

“But that’s not all. I am also on the lookout for the next big thing.

“I took a couple of the boys over to St Pancras Boxing Club last month and they enjoyed it and were all very keen on the sport. We will see what happens.”

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