JONSON McClumpha will happily be boxing’s ‘Martini-man’: Any time, any place, any where, writes Roy Kelly.
The Sunderland boxer is one of the star attractions at the Cream of the Crop show at Houghton a week tomorrow.
McClumpha takes on Telford’s Kieron Gray, but he has an eye on challenging for the English title – or any other opportunity which comes along.
The 24-year-old had been due to challenge for Danny Butler’s English belt in Bristol only to have to pull out with a toe problem.
It was the latest in a catalogue of injury woes for the unbeaten Wearsider.
But McClumpha is able to put his best foot forward again now and has been training hard at the East Durham Community College gym in Peterlee with coach Dave Binns.
He hopes the fight with Gray at the Rainton Meadows Arena will be the start of a run of fights and wins – his eight appearances have been spread over four years.
“Everything has gone brilliant in training so far,” McClumpha told the Echo.
“Dave’s happy and I’m happy. I’m ready for anything if a call comes in, I’d fight for the British title next week if anyone pulls out!
“It was frustrating to have to pull out of that fight (with Butler) but I’m fit and feeling good.
“I’m fighting next Sunday, then Phil (Jeffries) is looking for a show in early March too so it’s going to be busy.
“I daren’t say I’m on a sustained run in case something happens, but it’s good at the moment and the more I fight the better I am.”
McClumpha became a champion this year when he defeated Doncaster’s Martin Ball for the International Masters middlweight belt.
He took confidence from his first 10-rounder and says he is “ready” for greater tests.
“I was as happy about doing the rounds as I was winning the title,” said the former Plains Farm star.
“I was pleased with my performance and there is plenty more to come from me.”
First though, McClumpha must see off Gray on the nine-bout card at Houghton, which also features stablemates Glenn Foot and Thomas Essomba plus the Ward brothers, Martin and Tommy.
“He’s a tall and awkward customer. If I can do what I know I can do I shouldn’t have any problems,” McClumpha explained.
For ticket info, call Phil on 07747611020.