Chas Symonds, the ‘Croydon Bomber’ has undergone final preparations for his upcoming fight against Darryl Still at the Bideford Amateur Boxing Club.

This will be Symons’ 22nd fight with only five defeats in his career. The former British professional welterweight champion is looking to win his title back and move on to world level as he is ranked in the top 10 by the World boxing organisation.

Symons first noticed Bideford Amateur Boxing Club when club members boxed in his home town of Croydon and he was impressed with the club.

He said: “Bideford has been great preparation for my fight. The country runs have been brilliant, the sparring and coaching has been second to none and I believe they will help me achieve my dream of a world title.”.

Bideford boxers also appreciated time with Symonds as several of the club’s prospects have been able to share sparring rounds with him.

In the ring, Bideford’s Raymond Penfold has started his bid for a national title with a comfortable win over Coran Holden of Mayflower ABC.

Penfold dominated every round, showing he has what it takes to challenge for this year’s Junior ABA title.

Clubmate Alfie King missed out on points to Jacob Durrant of Paignton ABC.