The 15 fight bill at Summer Rumble 2 on Sunday has set a new record as the biggest boxing show in Britain ever.
The show at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light featured some great fights including wins for Mackems’ David Dolan, Lee Mould and a returning Glenn Foot.
The bill also included two intriguing title fights as Willie Casey out pointed Jason Booth for the WBA European Super Bantamweight title and Hartlepool’s Peter Cope defeated Redcar’s Gavin Reid for the International Masters Super Bantamweight title.
Promoter Phil Jeffries said he was incredibly proud of the achievement and said he was pleased overall with how the day went but admitted he was unlikely to ever have a bill so big again.
“I was pleased with how the show went but I would never put on a show that big again, it was just too long. There was some very good boxing but 15 bouts is just too much for one show. I think in future shows we’ll be looking to get about 8 bouts on but that should be enough. No more than eight, I’m absolutely shattered after that yesterday!”
It’s hardly surprising that Jeffries is shattered after providing North East boxing fans with such an action packed show that gave real value for money.
Phil himself picked out Peter Cope’s title-winning fight as a standout fight of the show after he and Gavin Reid stood toe-to-toe for ten thrilling rounds. Reid made a real fight of it and was perhaps unfortunate to be on the end of a 98-92 scoreline. There was no doubt Cope had won but towards then end he showed signs of fatigue and Reid had looked to take advantage with some big shots but as he promised Cope battled through to win.
Jeffries, pictured above with Cope, said of the fight: “I think Peter Cope and Gavin Reid was an excellent fight and excellent value for money. I think that was the best fight of the day. I sat on the fence for the fight because they’re both local lads and I like both lads but Peter did deserve it.”
Two debutants were on the bill. Firstly was Tommy Ward whose brother Martin was due to top the bill in an English title fight with Mike Robinson only to have to pull out through injury. Tommy made up for that though with an impressive victory over Elmir Rafiel, winning every round in the process.
The other debutant was Hartlepool’s Callum Winton who was unfortunate not to win his four rounder. The referee judged the bout a draw to the disappointment of Winton and promoter Jeffries.
Jeffries said: “It was the lads debut and i thought the referee was terrible to call it a draw. It was a good fight but I definitely thought he’d done enough to win that one.”
Other than that though it was a good showing for North East boxers as Robert Dixon, Robert Izmay, Paul Archer, Mohammed Waqas, Mark Clauzel, Greg O’Neill, Anthony Nelson and Shafiq Asif all got victories.