Phil Jeffries was today putting the final preparations to his sixth Summer Rumble and declared “there’s nothing else like this”.
Fight figure, dad of 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Tony, stages an outdoor spectacular every July at the Stadium of Light.
Local crowd pleasers Glenn Foot, Jordan King, Isaac Macleod and the Ward brothers, Martin and Tommy, carry the Wearside flag on the 12-bout show.
“Where else can you get a boxing show like this?” said Jeffries.
“I know I’m biased as a Sunderland man, but it’s one of the finest stadiums anywhere with some great fighters to watch.
“There’s nothing else like this.
“It’s my sixth and think it will be up there with the best.
“There’s Marty Ward topping the bill and you’ve got Glenn Foot on as well, two lads who’ve been stars on previous Rumbles, plus Isaac Macleod and Jordan King who’ve not boxed here before.”
Foot takes his first step into the light-welterweight division when he faces Lee Connelly, while Macleod and King both have domestic opposition in William Warburton and Christian Gomez.
The Ward brothers have Nicaraguan foes, Martin meeting Reynaldo Cajina and Tommy tackling Elvis Guillen.
County Durham boxers Darren Surtees and Jay Hughes also box, while Jeffries includes talent from Tyneside and beyond, including signing Lewis Ritson, from Forest Hall.
“There are some hungry lads on the bill for the first time, new kids on the block like Lewis Ritson,” said Jaffa, who could not resist having a swipe at relegated Newcastle United.
“Lewis is exciting and has a big following and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I hope the weather holds off, it hasn’t let us down yet.
“It’s a great place to fight and I’m pleased for the Newcastle supporters who are fighting on the bill that they are going to box at a Premier League ground!”
Doors open at noon with boxing getting under way at 1.15pm. Tickets are available on the door at the main entrance at the Stadium of Light.