JONSON McClumpha plans to have a Ball at the Stadium of Light – but he will not take victory for granted.
The unbeaten 23-year-old from Sunderland takes on Jason Ball for the International Masters middleweight title in the headline act at Summer Rumble 4 on Sunday.
McClumpha was involved in the fight of the day at the 2013 event when he slugged out a draw in a thriller with Newcastle’s Andrew Buchanan.
And he is expecting another titanic tussle this time against the difficult Doncaster fighter.
Ball has extended several promising stars in his career which, like McClumpha, began in 2010.
But while the Sunderland boxer has suffered a number of delays due to injury, the Yorkshireman has been involved in four title fights.
And, just to highlight his danger factor, Ball won the vacant International Masters silver middleweight title in 2013.
He handed Scotland’s Gary McCallum his first loss in Glasgow, proving that he is not afraid to go to an opponent’s backyard.
But McClumpha is promising he’ll be even sharper than the fighter who traded blow for blow with Buchanan 12 months ago.
“It will be a better Jonson McClumpha, but it may not be a better fight – it might not go as far,” he smiled.
“But I’m prepared and ready to go the full 10 rounds – I know how tough and fit Jason Ball is.
“We’ve done all the preparations, so I’ve no issues over going the distance. I’m expecting 10, if I’m being honest.”
Ball and McClumpha have already been the distance.
The pair had a four-rounder in 2011, just a year into their pro careers, the avid Sunderland fan winning in Bolton.
McClumpha is braced for another war, but says if Ball comes out firing he’ll play into his hands.
“Jason’s strong and hard and he’ll keep on coming,” said the Peterlee-trained fighter.
“But If he keeps coming forward that’s when I’ll do my best work.”
Fellow Sunderland entertainer Glenn Foot is also in action on the seven-bout bill co-promoted by Phil Jeffries and Steve Wraith.
Foot has been matched with the experienced Kevin McAuley
Sunderland’s Lee Mould will have a Wear-Tyne derby with John Watson, while there is a pro debut for two-time Olympic boxer, former Cameroon flyweight Thomas Essomba who is now based in Sunderland.
He will face Anwar Al Fadi.
Tickets for the show are available from the boxers themselves or from Jeffries on 0774 7611020.
Doors open at noon on Sunday, with the boxing due to start at 2pm.