PHIL Jeffries says putting together the bill for next month’s Summer Rumble extravaganza has proven to be his toughest challenge so far as a promoter, writes Graeme Anderson.
But he says he is delighted with the long list of boxers who will be on the show-piece boxing event, which takes place on Sunday, July 7 at the Stadium of Light.
Sky Prizefighter champion Glenn Foot has had to pull out because of insufficient preparation time.
But the Sunderland welterweight’s withdrawal has just been one of a host of problems, with opponents going down with illness and purse request problems, that Jeffries has dealt with in putting together what has become established as an annual event in the city.
Now though he is looking forward to the show itself and a chance to see the rising stars of North East boxing in action.
“It has been tough, I won’t hide it,” he admitted to the Echo. “There’s a lot of hassle, a lot of expense and and a lot of organisation in shows like these.
“But they’re always worth it in the end because you get to see some cracking bouts on a big stage and this one is no exception.
“There are so many good, exciting boxers coming through in the North East and we’re delighted to give them the chance to perform on home soil.
“We’re also proud that so many fights on the bill are well-matched and we can guarantee boxing fans closely-fought fights.
“You just have to look at the top of the bill where Antony “Babyface” Nelson takes on Mohammed Wajas for the Northern Area title to see we’ve got hungry young fighters performing.
“Nelson’s from South Shields, Wajas from Middlesbrough, so it’s a completely local fight, but both are coming in it to win it.
“They’ll be giving their all because they know the winner will be on course for an English or British title shot. Nelson’s unbeaten and a very exciting boxer and I think that will be a cracker of a contest.
“We’ll already have an English title holder on the bill though because Martin Ward, the English batamweight champ is fighting, as is his brother Tommy, the young professional in the country.
“We’ve got boxers from all over the region taking part.
“But from Sunderland, Kirk Goodings, Lee Mould and Jonson McClumpha are all in action and each of them is exciting in their own right.
“I’m looking forward to it, now we’ve finally got the bill together and I’m proud to be staging the best boxing show in the North East this summer at the Sunderland Stadium of Light.”
Anyone who wants more information on the Summer Rumble, or tickets to the show should ring the organisers on 0774 7611 020.