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“Two title fights on one afternoon! This show just can’t come quick enough,” stated promoter Phil Jeffries about ‘Summer Rumble 2’, the big bill of professional boxing which takes place at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light of July 15. “There will also be another 12 bouts taking place involving boxers from right across the North East, and we might get a couple more arranged yet, so this really is going to be the biggest, and one of the best, pro shows this region has seen.”
Headlining will be County Durham’s Martin Ward who takes on Liverpool’s tough Mike Robinson for the vacant English bantamweight title. Ward has only lost once in 16 fights but Robinson, who has won five and drawn three in a 12 bout record, has been in with good operators like former British title challengers Ashley Sexton, John Donnelly, Ross Burkinshaw and Don Broadhurst.
“This is going to be a tough test for Martin,” said Jeffries, father of former Olympian Tony, “but if he is going to go as far as we all hope he can then it’s a fight he must win.”
The other title fight is of the Northern Area variety and will see Hartlepool youngster Peter Cope battle Redcar’s Gavin Reid in a featherweight scrap. Cope, a pro for just over a year and unbeaten in five, faces a real challenge when he steps in with Reid. Although he has only won six of 21 pro bouts, Gavin is renowned for his toughness and will be confident his ring-savvy will be too much for his 21 year old opponent. Cope, who has impressed with his tidy, precise boxing to date, will want to prove otherwise.
Although another Northern Area title fight between Fishburn’s Gary Fox and Darlington’s Neil Hepper, which was scheduled for this bill, has been postponed due to injury, the undercard is still stacked with talent. Appearing will be former world title challenger Michael Hunter; unbeaten fighters Mark Clauzel, Robert Ismay, Greg O’Neill, Lee Mould, Anthony Nelson, Paul Archer, Craig Dixon, and Shafiq Asif; South Shields’ buzz saw David Lake; and debutants David Ferguson Jnr and Callum Winton.
“If you’re a boxing fan in the North East or even if you’ve never been to a boxing show in your life, ‘Summer Rumble 2’ is the region’s sporting event of the summer and one you won’t want to miss. Get the date in your diary, July 15th; it’s going to be a fantastic afternoon!”
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