Peter Hopcraft

peterI was born into a boxing family, my Grandfather was a founder member of the Crawley Amateur Boxing club in 1961.

My Father, Geoff has been the Club Chairman for the last 35+ years and had 200+ contests in his younger days.
 
I first attended the old Station Road Gym in 1978 and boxed competitively for the club from the age of 11 (1981) for 12 years and had 99 bouts.

During my Junior Career I was coached by John Scudder. Then, when I turned senior Kevin Aves took over.

Winning many more than I lost, titles won amongst others were Southern Counties Junior and Senior ABA’s, Southern Counties Schoolboys and Southern Counties NABC’s.

I reached the final of the Junior ABA’s in 1985 and lost a very close majority decision.
 
As soon as I finished boxing I went into officiating, starting as a judge.

I then took a refereeing exam and have been active in this field for more than 20 years.

I have officiated at London and Southern Counties ABA finals and many representative matches. I have taken Crawley teams abroad to compete in recent years, refereeing with them in Cyprus, Malta and Germany. I also referee at the three-day Haringey International Boxcup, held annually at the Alexander Palace.
 
In 2006 it became apparent that there was a lack of young blood coming through the ranks at the club so a decision was taken to start a Saturday morning nursery class which has been extremely successful. I have been ever present coaching our ‘babies’ since.
 
Many of these have now moved on to join our junior ranks and box competitively for Crawley. I am proud to say that one of these babies who started with me at 9 years of age, now 16, won a National Schoolboy title last year.

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