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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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The Egyptian national boxing team has been preparing to the upcoming 12th Arab Games under the careful supervision of their experienced Cuban Head Coach Julio Lee Hechevarria. With competitors in each weight class they will be targeting at least two gold medals. With a strong pedigree in the sport since securing one silver and two bronze medals at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games, the North African country will look to impress in Doha.
Look out for 18-year-old Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist and AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medallist Hesham Yehya Mahmoud Abdelaal from Mansourah who hopes to go all the way. He is the youngest member of the travelling team and their most promising star.
Mohamed Ramadan Eliwa is the current Arab Games titleholder and the vastly experienced campaigner, a veteran of three AIBA World Championships, will be gunning for gold when the competition gets under way. Just as another defending champion, 26-year-old Hossam Hussein Bakr Abdin will be looking to overcome his big rival Mehdi Khalsi from Morocco in the Welterweight category.
The team will be led by captain Mohamed Abdelmaghoud Abouelfetouh Hikal, the experienced 32-year-old AIBA World Championships bronze medallist and three-time Olympian. With Karem Said El-Ghannam competing in the Heavyweight division and Super Heavyweight Madian Essa Kassem also present, the nation will be expectant of success.
The Qatari boxing team will be hoping home support can spur them onto success. With a good season under their belt, having competed in several international tournaments such as the Arabic Championships, the Belgrade Winner Tournament in Serbia, the China Open Tournament, the World Military Games and the 16th AIBA World Boxing Championships, they have high hopes in Doha.
Asian Games bronze medallist 30-year-old Hzam Nabah will be looking to do damage in the Middleweight category, having already showcased his devastating power when triumphing over Romania’s AIBA World Championships bronze medallist Bogdan Juratoni at the Hakija Turajlic Memorial Tournament in Sarajevo.
Top Bantamweight, 30-year-old Mohamed Abdullateef Sadiq will be looking to add the only trophy missing from his collection of Arab Championship medals since joining his national squad in 2002.
Lightweight Othman Jumani Arbabi, a soldier in the Qatari Army and veteran of three Military World Championships, claimed a silver medal at the Doha International Challenge in October and will now look to go one step further. Pan Arab Military Games silver medallist 27-year-old Mohamed Abdulrahman Al-Toum will be fighting in the Light Welterweight category and having reached the semi-finals at the last edition of the Arab Games, will hope to surpass his previous achievements and triumph on home-soil.