AN extra 400 tickets have gone on sale for David Dolan’s cruiserweight clash with Jon Lewis Dickinson at the Stadium of Light a week on Sunday.
The football club had originally issued 1,300 tickets for the event but interest has proved so big that hundreds more tickets have been issued to satisfy popular demand.
Organiser Phil Jeffries said: “It’s amazing really – even I’ve been taken by surprise at how popular it has been with the public.
“When I first sat down with the club they suggested I aim to break the 1,000 mark, which would have been the most they’d had at the ground for a boxing event and would also have begun to make it an economically viable event for them.
“But now, not only have we smashed through the 1,000 but we’ve got to the point where the 1,300 are all but gone. And there’s every sign we’ll need hundreds more because a lot of boxing fans wait until the last minute before getting their tickets.
“I have to thank the club’s events manager Gary Hutchinson, who has been absolutely brilliant in his dealings with us and it wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for him.
“The club has been great in making the stadium available to us and we’re so sure that this sort of event has a long-term future that we’ve already booked the stadium for next season with a view to turning the shows into an annual event.”
The highlight of the bill is the local war between Sunderland’s David Dolan and Birtley’s Jon Lewis Dickinson, which is being viewed as an unofficial eliminator for the British cruiserweight title.
There are eight bouts on the show and the main support will see West Rainton bantamweight Martin Ward take on former British and European champion Ian Napa.
Tickets are priced £30 and are available from the boxers or from Phil Jeffries on 07747611020 or 0191 564 0202.