Sunderland fighter McClumpha eager to get back on track

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JONSON McClumpha ends his frustration by finally stepping into the professional ring for the second time on Saturday.

The Sunderland fighter has had to wait six months to follow up his two-round win over Chris Brophy, which came last July.

He was sidelined after tearing a bicep in that fight, and had to pull out of his planned comeback in December due to flu.

But McClumpha is on the undercard of Frank Maloney’s Sky-televised show in Brentwood, Essex, on Saturday and manager Phil Jeffries hopes the 20-year-old will not be over-eager when he goes into the ring against Halesowen’s Kevin McCauley.

Jeffries said: “Jonson is jumping out of his skin in the gym and is ready for anyone.

“He’s like a little terrier and wants to get his career going, but there’s no rush.

“Jonson has missed his last two fights I had for him and he wants to make up for lost time.”

McCauley, 31, has lost 20 of his 31 pro contests, but has three victories in his last four outings. Jeffries said: “This is an experienced and tough opponent for Johnson but we feel he is ready for him.

“If all goes to plan, I am going to send Jonson away to do some sparring in London with British champion Sam Webb and English champion Brian Rose in Manchester. I’m finding it really hard to get the sparring he needs.”