In a yr of peculiar boxing returns, nothing is extra stunning than the return of retired heavyweight contender JD “The Pure” Chapman (29-0, 26 KOs).
Born John David Chapman in March of 1983, Chapman didn’t battle as an novice. As a substitute, he began preventing in Toughman Contest competitions earlier than he turned professional in 2002. He selected the identify “The Pure” as Chapman hails from Arkansas, “The Pure State”.
JD did a lot of his early skilled fights near house, specifically as a part of the Slugout Collection promoted by Stacy “Goodnight” Goodson. Goodson and Scott Hirsch, who had been managing Chapman, constructed Chapman right into a heavyweight contender.
He beat a number of notable contenders and gatekeepers. His most notable opponents had been Chicago-based Edward Gutierrez who was 15-0-1 coming into the bout, New York veteran John Carlo who possessed a 14-1 document, and fellow undefeated Mid-West prospect Matt Hicks 7-0.
Chapman additionally captured a number of regional heavyweight titles together with the IBF Southern Regional title, the North American Boxing Council title, the WBC Latino title and the Arkansas State title. Simply when it appeared that Chapman was on the cusp of stardom, he hung all of it up and rode into the sundown.
On the time of his retirement, Chapman was an up and coming contender, and a darling of the boxing press. He acquired large protection and publicity within the boxing press as a heavyweight prospect, and was featured on nationwide tv. Additional, Chapman was rated by nearly each main sanctioning physique together with the WBC, which gave him a world score of #14.
Chapman will return on an untelevised membership present this Saturday, June 5, 2021, and in a battle near the place all of it started in his house state of Arkansas. Chapman was referred to as in as a last-minute alternative opponent to battle Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez on the Springdale Conference Middle.
It will likely be a conflict of massive males. Chapman weighed in at 294 lbs, whereas his opponent Lopez weighed in at 259. It will likely be a battle of massive males as Chapman is 6’5” whereas Lopez is 6’6”.
Though he has had solely two skilled boxing fights, Lopez is a veteran pugilist with almost a 100 fights beneath his belt, spanning a number of fight sports activities disciplines, Blended Martial Arts, kickboxing and naked knuckle preventing.
Mentioned JD, “I used to be solely supplied the battle on Thursday however determined to take it anyway. Although I’ve been off for thus lengthy, I used to be already coaching for a July occasion, and I feel I’m prepared sufficient. I accepted the battle with such brief discover as a result of I simply couldn’t cross on the chance to get again within the ring. I didn’t notice how a lot I missed preventing.”
In his prime, Chapman had some excessive profile trainers, together with Michael Moorer, Jeff Mayweather and Norman Wilson. Presently, he’s educated by former MMA fighter Brian Foster and Chapman’s return is being guided by Edward Mendy of Lion Coronary heart Boxing Productions.