SUNDERLAND promoter Phil Jeffries has unveiled the line up for his annual boxing bonanza at the Stadium of Light, with leading lights Martin Ward and Glenn Foot both on the bill as well as two Northern Area title bouts.
Phil, father of Olympic boxing medallist Tony, has gone from strength to strength as a promoter of North East boxing in recent years.
And he believes his latest ‘Summer Rumble’ show, due to take place at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Sunday, July 7 will enhance his reputation not only for staging well-matched bouts, but also in pitting North East boxers against each other in ‘derby’ showdowns.
This year’s fight show features four ‘derby’ contest and Phil said: “I’ve been in touch with the Northern Area Boxing Board and they’ve confirmed it – there hasn’t been a show in the region in recent times with as many derby fights on.
“Every one of these fights is a competitive match up, and I have to take my hat off to all the boxers for stepping up.”
In the first of the derby bouts, Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings will meet Middlesbrough’s Shafiq Asif for the Northern Area lightweight title.
Goodings, with only one defeat on his record, showed his potential last year when – with just a week’s notice – he gave former British title challenger Steve Williams a tough fight over 12 rounds.
He bounced back to winning ways in his most recent fight, at the Rainton Meadows Arena, which marked his return to the North East after spells away.
Shafiq, meanwhile, is undefeated in six and has earned himself a reputation as one of the region’s most promising prospects.
Next up will be South Shields’ Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson against Middlesbrough’s Mohammed Waqas for the Northern Area super-flyweight championship.
Nelson is unbeaten in six, with one KO, and has earned praise for his attacking, positive style.
Waqas, also a crowd-pleaser, has lost just once in five outings, with that controversial defeat coming away from home to Louis Norman.
Following on will be a Sunderland versus Newcastle scrap, with Jonson McClumpha taking on Andrew Buchanan.
Mackem McClumpha was going great guns until injury forced him to take a break after his last bout in March 2012.
The big-hitter will be looking to improve on his 5-0 (2) record at the Stadium of Light.
Buchanan recently returned after an eight year break and looked good, beating Dean Walker over four rounds.
With just a sole defeat in six fights, Andrew is likely to test McClumpha to the limit.
Two North East novices will duel in the fourth derby, when County Durham’s Ben Jackson meets Newcastle’s Chris Bennett.
Both fighters got off to a winning start on their debuts earlier this year and neither will want a setback at this stage of their career.
Also appearing on the bill will be Prizefighter winner Glenn Foot, English bantamweight champ Martin Ward and undefeated prospects Lee Mould, Tommy Ward and Peter Cope. Anthony Hardy will make his debut.
“I really believe this could be the best show we see in the North East this year,” said Phil.
“I said at the start of the year that I wanted the fighters on my shows to move forward and not be in easy fights, and we’re doing that.
“I think this will be a sell-out.
“It’s always a great atmosphere at the ‘Summer Rumble’ and I must thank my main sponsor, Incredible Pebble, for coming on board.”
Tickets are available from all boxers or by calling 0774 7611 020.