Big double title fight North-East boxing show at Houghton cancelled

FIGHT OFF: Boxer Gary Fox. Picture by FRANK REID
FIGHT OFF: Boxer Gary Fox. Picture by FRANK REID
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NORTH-EAST boxing’s big fight night at Houghton on Friday as been cancelled.

Promoter Phil Jeffries took the decision reluctantly today after pull-outs saw the bill come down to just five contests.

“I couldn’t run a show with just five fights,” Jeffries said. “I want to give fans value for money and I couldn’t charge people £35 and £55 for five contests.

“I’m gutted for the fans and the boxers.

“But I’ve had a couple of pull-outs and five bouts are not enough to run a show.”

It’s a huge blow to the boxers who were still on the card.

Jeffries hopes his main event, Kirk Goodings’ maiden defence of his English light-welterweight title against Fishburn and Hartlepool fighter Gary Fox will now be switched to Newcastle on March 29.

Unbeaten local stars Mick Hadfield and Tommy Ward are also due to appear on the undercard at the Metro Radio Arena, where Stuart Hall defends his IBF World bantamweight championship against Neil Fannan and Dave Garside star Martin Ward.

But the biggest set-back will be felt by Hartlepool prospect Peter Cope, who may now have to wait until May to fight again.

Cope tweeted he was “devastated” by the loss of Friday night’s show when he was due to fight Ian Bailey for the vacant British Masters super-featherweight belt.