Don’t let anyone tell you that being a boxing promoter is easy! With just a few weeks to go before his ‘Summer Rumble 2’ show at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, Phil Jeffries has lost his bill-topper after Martin Ward was forced to withdraw from the July 15 date with injury. The setback, however, has proved far from disastrous with Jeffries working wonders behind the scenes to substitute the Ward fight for an excellent replacement.
Already making history and breaking records for the most amount of fights ever on a single bill of professional boxing in the North East, ‘Summer Rumble 2’ will now be headlined by former world title challenger Jason Boothtaking on Ireland’s Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey for the WBO inter-continental super-bantamweight belt.
Nottingham’s Booth, a former British and Commonwealth champion who unsuccessfully challenged for world honours in 2010, is renowned for his brilliant boxing skills, and will need to be on top form if he is to overcome Casey. The Irish fighter, who has held the European title and is a Prizefighter winner, is strong and aggressive and has won 13 of his 15 fights, with nine by KO.
“I’m devastated for Martin Ward who was supposed to box Mike Robinson for the English bantamweight title on the show,” explained Jeffries. “He’s hurt his hand in training and there’s nothing we can do about it. I’m hoping to get that fight rearranged for September.
“The headline fight we’ve now got has all the makings of a classic though and is a top-class replacement. Jason Booth is a lovely little boxer who is known in the game for his great technical ability, whereas Casey is a come forward fighter and a real puncher. It’s a great clash of styles, and a real privilege to be putting it on in Sunderland for the North East fans.”
Also now appearing on the undercard, alongside fighters from every other corner of the region, will be Sunderland’s Glenn Foot. After making a name for himself with a no-nonsense style that has seen three of his six wins coming by first round KO, the unbeaten young fighter will be looking to put on an exciting performance after being out of the ring since October last year.
“Glenn is a very aggressive and exciting fighter. He doesn’t hang around and looks to take opponents out early,” said Jeffries. “All I can say is ‘don’t blink’ because he throws bombs and if he catches you it’s all over! Seriously though, I’m really pleased to get him on the show and he really is a guy to look out for.”
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