Jailed drug dealer was former world champion boxer who ran Hitchin gym

Jailed: Graham Earl, pictured at Wayne Armstrong Gym in Hitchin, has been handed a seven-year prison

Jailed: Graham Earl, pictured at Wayne Armstrong Gym in Hitchin, has been handed a seven-year prison sentence. - Credit: Archant

One member of a six-strong gang who were jailed last week for dealing cocaine was a former world champion boxer, police have confirmed.

Stevenage boxer Amadur Rahman.

Stevenage boxer Amadur Rahman. - Credit: Archant

Graham Earl, who lived in Luton but ran House for Champions at Wayne Armstrong Boxing Gym in Hitchin, was sentenced to seven years in prison after officers uncovered a drugs rings operating mainly from Hitchin and Letchworth.

The 36-year-old from Talbot Way – who fought two-time world boxing champion Amir Khan in 2007 having won the WBU lightweight title the year before – was jailed for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The drugs ring was led by Christopher ‘Mouse’ Collins from Hitchin, who admitted at a hearing last year to conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis, as well as a proceeds of crime act offence.

The 29-year-old of Coopers Yard in Paynes Park was jailed for 12 years.

Christopher 'Mouse' Collins has been jailed for 12 years.

Christopher 'Mouse' Collins has been jailed for 12 years. - Credit: Archant

Another of Collins’ accomplices was also a boxer – Amadur Rahman – who has previously fought at the Hitchin gym in Station Approach as well as in Stevenage.

The 26-year-old, of Jessop Road in Stevenage, was given a four-year prison term.