ENGLISH lightweight champion Kirk Goodings’ fight against Fishburn’s Gary Fox could be an ‘absolute classic’ says Sunderland promoter Phil Jeffries.
The two boxers are due to top the bill at the Rainton Meadows Arena on Saturday March 1 when Goodings makes his first defence of the English lightweight title he claimed with a victory over experienced Welshman Paul Truscott last October.
And Jeffries predicts the contest has all the ingredients of a fight that fans will be talking about for a long time to come.
He told the Echo: “It could be an absolute classic because Fox is a brave, tough boxer who doesn’t do subtle.
“He gets involved in wars every time he fights.
“He just loves to get stuck in and I think it’s a fantastically evenly-matched fight.
“Kirk is a massive prospect, already the English title holder and his only defeat was challenging for the British title when he was called in as a last minute replacement and went desperately close to winning against the overwhelming favourite.
“If he comes through the Fox fight, I’ve got big things planned for him this year.
“But the Fox fight is a massive one - it’s a North East derby - and it’s great that whoever wins, the title stays local.”
Fox’s last outing ended in a points defeat but that was to rising star Scott Cardle who remains unbeaten.
Fishburn’s finest, now 28, has an impressive record of 11 wins in 13.
Goodings has a record of won 10, lost one - the British title challenge against Stevie Williams in November 2012.
And having now claimed his first title, 24-year-old Goodings is eager to take his career to the next level although first he will have to take care of a local turf war when he goes hunting Fox.
Jeffries said: “They are two exciting fighters and I think the North East public is in for a treat when they go into the ring with a lot on the line.”
Up to a dozen fights are expected on the final bill with plenty of local interest on it.
Promising middleweight Jonson McClumpha will continue his return from injury, unbeaten Hetton light-heavyweight Jordan King makes his first appearance on home turf and Tommy Ward, brother of Commonwealth bantamweight title holder Martin, will also feature.
Tickets are now on sale and are available from the boxers involved, or from Jeffries on 07984 199 362.