Baister fired up to take on the threat from Kalasnikovs

Sunderland boxer Warren Baister

Sunderland boxer Warren Baister

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Warren Baister’s unbeaten professional record is on the line on Saturday night when he boxes on home soil.

The Sunderland cruiserweight takes on Eastern European KO king Eriks Kalasnikovs at Houghton.

Baister has won both contests since leaving a glittering amateur career behind him last year.

But Kalasnikovs could prove a dangerman in their four-rounder at Rainton Meadows Arena – the Latvian boasts seven wins, all inside the distance.

Promoter Phil Jeffries believes Baister will “go all the way” and is thrilled to be staging another of his bouts.

It features on the undercard of Tommy Ward’s British super-bantamweight title eliminator against Welshman Robbie Turley.

“Warren’s a lovely lad, I’ve known him since he was an amateur,” said Jeffries.

“He’s a pleasure to work with. I’d love to get him on here all the time and build up his fan-base.”

Baister is one of three undefeated Sunderland fighters in action, with Thomas Essomba and Isaac Macleod also on the bill.

Another Wearside star, Glenn Foot, also fights on the show.