Boxing coach David Binns is confident that three of his fighters will go on to big things after Friday night’s card at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
Middleweight Jonson McClumpha, cruiserweight Warren Baister and professional debutant Darren Surtees are all fighting on the undercard of Martin Ward’s British title fight with Jazza Dickens.
I think with Warren it should be a short apprenticeship in the professional game.
Binns insists preparations have gone well for all three men, and he is expecting all three to win convincingly as they move on to tougher challenges in 2016.
“Jonson’s got ambitions to go right to the top and we’ve spoken to Phil (Jeffries) about it, and we are putting plans in place for that next year,” said Binns.
“To get the lads progressing towards championship fights, they need challenging bouts. At this stage of his career, Jonson isn’t going to improve by boxing within himself.
“Opponents have pulled out on him in the past, and the replacements that are brought in, are opponents, with respect, who Jonson struggles to gee himself up for.
“Jonson’s looking for opponents who are more challenging and maybe we’ll get that tomorro.”
McClumpha heads into his fight against Curtis Gargano on the back of two successive wins, after losing for the first time against, Lewis Taylor.
Binns says that McClumpha has been looking good in training and that he is ready to deliver one of his best performances to date.
“I might go as far to say expect fireworks!” added Binns.
“Jonson’s preparation has gone very well. He’s looking very good in training, and he’s eager to move up the ladder now, so we’re expecting a very good performance out of him.”
Sunderland cruiserweight Warren Baister will look to kick on from his explosive pro debut earlier this month – a first-round knockout of Hungary’s Atilla Gyen.
A British and two-time ABA heavyweight champion in the amateur ranks, Baister has now switched to the pro game under the guidance of Binns.
The East Durham-based trainer has an excellent record of coaching both amateur and professional fighters from the region and he is certain Baister will be a major success in the paid ranks.
“The bare bones of it are that he is a very good boxer and the little alterations he is having to make, he’s making very well. He’s looking very good,” added Binns.
“I think with Warren it should be a short apprenticeship in the professional game, given how good he is in terms of his boxing skills.
“His team already have plans in the pipeline to move Warren on fairly quickly.
“That won’t be a problem for Warren though. He’s so talented, and he’s so fit because he leads such a healthy lifestyle, I’m confident he could do a six-rounder tomorrow.”
Meanwhile another Binns fighter, Darren Surtees is set to make his professional debut on the card.
Like Baister, Surtees enjoyed a decent amateur career, winning the National Novices Under-20 title, while he lost in the semi-finals of this year’s ABA Championships to Birtley’s Team GB boxer Pat McCormack.
And Binns believes he has the ability to make a successful transition into the professional ranks.
“Darren has good all-round boxing skills. He can box and he can fight, and he is clever enough to know when to do one or the other. He had quite a short amateur career, but he boxed at a really high standard.
“For a lad with such little experience, he has a lot of composure, so I’m expecting big things out of Darren, and I think he’ll take the transition into the professional ranks into his stride.”
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