SUNDERLAND promoter Phil Jeffries says he is proud that next month’s Summer Rumble 2 at the Stadium of Light will be the biggest professional boxing event the North East has ever seen.
Jeffries has confirmed a 16-fight bill, which could even rise to 18 professional bouts, with the main event seeing West Rainton’s Martin Ward challenge for the vacant English bantamweight title.
And the promoter plans to make summer at the Stadium of Light as synonymous with boxing in the future as it now is with rock concerts.
He told the Echo: “I’m pleased as punch that we’ve now got the bill confirmed as a record for the region and it’s great that so many professional boxers from across the North East will be able to box on home turf.
“We’ve done our best to match the fights well, so that boxing fans will see genuinely good contests.
“You can’t kid the public when it comes to good boxing so we’ve looked for matches that are going to provide excitement and value for money.”
The show will feature two title bouts.
As well as Ward’s showdown with Liverpool tough-guy Mike Robinson, Hartlepool featherweight Peter Cope will battle Redcar’s Gavin Reid for a Northern Area belt in what will be a real local derby.
“Title fights are important and everyone loves to see them” admitted Jeffries. “But there’s lots of other contests on there that I’m interested in seeing featuring a lot of unbeaten fighters.
“Boxers like Mark Clauzel, Robert Ismay, Greg O’Neill, Lee Mould Anthony Nelson, Paul Archer, Craig Dixon David Lake and Shafiq Asif, as well as debutants David Ferguson Jnr and Callum Winton are hungry fighters who are determined to impress.”
Former European super-bantamweight champion, Hartlepool’s Michael Hunter, has been forced to pull out of the show with injury.
But Sunderland cruiserweight David Dolan has been added to the bill and several more bouts could follow.
Jeffries said: “It’s good to add a boxer of David’s calibre and reputation to the Rumble and there could be one or two more fights added before we’re done.
“It’s going to a fantastic afternoon of boxing and we want fight fans from right across the region to come along and support their local boxers.
“Tickets sales are going well and we’re so confident of the event’s success now that we’ve already booked the stadium for next year.
“We’re looking to firmly put the sport back on the map in the North East and if we all pull together – promoters, boxers and fans – it will happen.”
Anyone who wants to inquire about or buy tickets should ring 0774 7611020 for more information.