McClumpha relishes Rainton Meadows return

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SUNDERLAND’S Jonson McClumpha is a boxer in a hurry after returning from an 18-month injury lay-off and admits he cannot wait for tomorrow’s return to action.

The unbeaten 23-year-old will be back in the ring tomorrow night on the Rainton Meadows Bill which sees Kirk Goodings and Paul Truscott contest the English lightweight title.

And the Grindon middleweight, who faces Sheffield’s Dean Walker, told the Echo: “I’m really looking forward to it because, after missing a year and a half of my career to a serious foot injury, I just want to get back to boxing and boxing regularly.”

McClumpha feared that he might never fight again as the weeks stretched into months over a foot problem which would not heal.

But he came back with a bang in an eye-catching battle against Tynesider Andrew Buchanan at the Stadium of Light in July, which ended with a draw.

And he says that fight has boosted his confidence going into tomorrow’s contest.

He said: “I took a lot from the Buchanan fight because he’s a pro I’ve got enormous respect for. To come back for so long out and do so well was pleasing.

“I thought I had done just enough to edge the decision, but I’m not going to complain about it – it was still a good result and I remain unbeaten after seven professional fights.”

Walker will look to end that unblemished run over four three-minute rounds this weekend.

But the 34-year-old journeyman, with a record of 41 defeats in a 56-fight career, might struggle to defeat the Wearsider.

McClumpha said: “I’m not taking anything for granted because that’s when things go wrong.

“I’ll give him every respect, but I intend to beat him and then look to box again soon after because after being out for so long, I’m eager to build up a reputation as quickly as I can.”

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