FRANK WARREN’S stable is piled with quality super-featherweights, but Archie Sharp is out to show he’ll be the last man standing.
Sam Bowen holds the British title, is Zelfa Barrett is Commonwealth champion, Sharp is getting better with every fight and eyeing WBC champion Miguel Berchelt.
Warren’s website once carried an article suggesting that Sharp might be the best kept secret in British boxing, but no more.
Sharp showed that in September with a stunning highlight reel KO of Irishman Declan Geraghty.
With each fight he is breaking out and emerging as a serious talent with tremendous skills that will test the best.
Sharp certainly wouldn’t fear anyone as he displayed when he travelled to Lyon Woodstock’s home city 12 months ago. He delivered a stunning performance for his fans to dethrone the local man, dropping him in the opening round and winning handily on points after ten rounds.
Injury prevented Sharp from cashing in on that win and it was six months on the sidelines before he returned in April and thrashed Sergio Gonzalez in the second round of a non-title bout at Wembley.
Scot Jordan McCorry had given Bowen a hard time at short notice taking him nine rounds and again left it all in the ring when he challenged for Sharp’s crown in July, but went down widely on points.
Sharp has a strong bond with trainer Richard Sawyer, who has been in his corner since the boxer was seven-years-old.
“Together we won 6 national titles back-to-back. We’ve had enough ups and downs to write a book but he’s always been loyal, other than the time he dropped me for a woman,” says Sharp.
“I might have strayed from the right path a few times I feel lucky that friends and family have always been there to guide me back on track.
“On the journey we have had our ups and downs and I’ve experienced a few other clubs and trainers on the way, but Richie is the trainer who gets the best out of me.”
He is a fan of Chelsea football club and as an amateur won 51 of his 56 contests.
Warren added: “The super-featherweight division in Britain is stacked with talent and many of them will go further than domestic level – Archie is one of them.”