PHIL Jeffries is back as a boxing promoter – and plans to return in style.
As the Echo reported on Wednesday, the Wearside fight figure was planning to regain his promoter’s licence.
And he has wasted no time after organising a show at Houghton on Sunday, November 30, starring Glenn Foot, Kirk Goodings and Jonson McClumpha.
Jeffries has completed the formalities with the British Boxing Board of Control and is relishing a super Sunday at Rainton Meadows arena.
“I can’t wait,” he told the Echo. “When I watched that great show at South Shields on Sunday I knew I had the buzz back.
“Sunderland boxing is booming with the likes of Glenn, Kirk and Jonson and many more.
“They are my lads and I want to stage their bouts.
“When they fight for things I want it to be here.
“It’s al systems go for the Rainton Meadows Arena and tickets will be going on sale next week.”
Jeffries had announced after the Summer Rumble at the Stadium of Light that his promoting days were over.
However, after watching Anthony Nelson bring the English super-flyweight title to South Shields on Sunday he decided it was time to bring those events to Sunderland.
His three star turns are on the cusp of English championship fights.
H FOOT is to challenge for Ahmet Patterson’s welterweight belt in a fight which doubles up as a British title eliminator.
H DEPOSED champ Goodings is on his way back after losing his lightweight crown to Scott Cardle last month.
H McCLUMPHA is set to have a crack at Danny Butler’s middleweight belt.
Jeffries is excited with all three boxers, who will spearhead his Houghton bill.
“It looks like the Patterson fight will be early next year, so Glenn will get a good warm up at Rainton Meadows,” said Jeffries.
“Kirk is itching for a hard fight, but he’ll come back slowly with a view to a title bout after this one.
“Jonson I hope is going to be the big one on this show.
“He was supposed to be fighting Butler in Bristol but he was struggling with an ingrowing toe nail so Jason Ball took on the contest.
“Butler stopped him in three rounds but I think Jonson is as good as anyone out there and a fight with Danny would be a cracker.
“Jonson is back in the gym and looking good.
“All three of my boys are just about there in terms of titles and I’m excited for the future.”