26 Wins | 1 Losses | 16 KOs
|Hometown:||Barnet, London, United Kingdom|
Englishman Darren Barker rose to fame at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, claiming Gold for England in the light-welterweight division, and capping an amateur career 55 wins out of 68 bouts. Barker turned professional in September 2004 and maintained an unbeaten start throughout 2005, winning all five of his fights. Barker added seven more victories the following year.
Barker took a break from boxing in 2006 after his boxer brother, Gary, tragically died in a car accident. Barker returned to the ring in October 2007 and competed for his first major title one month later, taking on the 20x unbeaten Ben Crampton for the Commonwealth title. Barker then went on to defend his title 4 more times, bringing his professional record up to a perfect 21 and 0.
In April 2010, Barker added a third title to his resume, stopping French and EU champion Affif Belghecham via unanimous decision, setting himself up for his biggest fight thus far against fellow Brit Matthew Macklin. The fight was later thwarted by injury and Macklin went on to beat Darren Barker's replacement to regain the European crown.
In October of 2011, Barker suffered his first pro defeat at the hands of Sergio Martinez, an 11th round KO loss, but it was ultimately a respectable showing against the tough Argentine. Barker's career has since bounced back with a commanding 4th round TKO win over Kerry Hope and another 4th round takedown against Simone Rotolo at Wembley Arena in Betfair's ‘London's Finest'.