Born and raised in rural Jamaica, Chev’s upbringing consisted mainly of walks through the forest to pick fruits and trips to the river to catch fish to cook with friends. Jamaica is an upbeat place where everyone you walk past says “hey” – this is where he gets his friendly and energetic nature from.
At the age of 11, Chev moved to England. Getting off the island meant going “Foreign”, everyone wanted to go “Foreign” no matter where you ended up.
Moving here in the bleak winter and being the first black kid in school, things were very different for Chev. He first discovered he could fight when had an altercation with a racist bully.
His boxing career started when he stumbled into the boxing gym while trying to get fit for football. After his first session, Chev was told by the coach “you’ll be a world champion one day”.
Chev has cheated death twice, once at 6 years old when he fell from a roof playing hide and seek with friends, and again when he was 18 his appendix burst and he flatlined in hospital.
His journey hasn’t been easy, but when you meet him, you’ll be shocked at how alive he is. Chev is grateful for the journey he’s been on to this point, but he doesn’t look back much with his eyes on the prize and where he can take the people and communities who have supported him, he’ll tell you “there’s a reason why your rear-view mirror is so small in your car”.
Chev began to take the UK boxing scene by storm in 2010 winning competitions across the nation gaining national trials in 2011. Things did not work out as planned so when the opportunity presented itself, he represented Jamaica in the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he was on the same team as Usain Bolt. Unfortunately, this was the first time he’d experienced a loss of this scale.
He took two years out to become a lorry driver where he learned the real value of working and money. Continuing his training in secret early mornings after his long night shifts, his friends persuaded him to return to competing.
Shortly after his return to boxing, Chev was more determined than ever to make it in the sport and was enrolled onto the GB Boxing programme after national success and team trials, where he medalled silver at the 2017 European championships also taking bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, followed by a trail of medals on the way to qualifying and making the last 16 at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In January 2022 Chev signed a long-term promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, making his professional debut weeks later at the O2 Arena in London. Chev scored a clinical victory over his opponent, Toni Visic with two brutal knockdowns, the second of which sealed the win, with the Croatian unable to make the count.
Chev is looking to move quickly through the pro ranks and challenge for world titles as soon as possible.