Steve Wraith says he is ‘very excited’ ahead of his first promoted boxing show at the 02 academy in Newcastle next month.
Wraith has now announced the line-up for the show billed as ‘Return of the cash’ and his promotional debut will feature Sunderland’s Lee Mould and Mould’s training partners from Mal Gates’ gym, David Lake and Anthony Nelson.
The headline fight on Sunday September 9th will be Akaash Hussain’s return from injury after losing his licence due to failing a medical because of issues with his vision. Now the Newcastle-born light-heavyweight, who has been hotly tipped as the next big thing by Sky pundit Glenn McCrory, is ready to get back in the ring, for the first time in his home town. Shafiq ‘Chubsy’ Asif, Taylor Ward, Dougie Curran and Karl Ferguson will also feature.
The show will be the first Steve has promoted under his own licence, which he only obtained about four weeks ago. Earlier this year he co-promoted a show at the Lancastrian in Gateshead but it was under fellow North East promoter Phil Jeffries licence.
Now, with two promoters in the North East, it appears boxing in the region could be set to rise. Phil Jeffries has been able to prove in the last 12 months that boxing is still big in the North East, putting on some fantastic shows featuring some exciting young talent.
His latest show at the Stadium of Light featured a record-breaking 15 fights but after Jeffries said it was too much. So with Wraith and Jeffries both being able to promote shows now, it appears there will be more opportunity to showcase the many boxers and keep them active.
Steve said: “We’re working in a partnership with Phil Jeffries where we’re not working against Phil we’re working with Phil and I think that’s a massive thing for boxing fans in the North East. It means we’ll be able to give more opportunities to boxers who would perhaps only have 3/4 fights in a year to now maybe have 8/9. So it’s very exciting times for me and for boxing fans as well.
“I think it’s absolutely key we work together. The ideal scenario would be that in the future I’m managing boxers as well as promoting just like Phil is. Then if I can have a lad from Newcastle who is coming through on the track to being a champion and Phil has the same in Sunderland then that would be a dream scenario to match them up.”
Wraith first got into boxing promotion through white-collar events and ex-boxer dinners where he’s worked with some of the top names in boxing meaning he has plenty of experience on how to run a show.
One bout in which he is particularly looking forward to is the North East derby set up between Mal Gates’ David Lake and Taylor Ward (brother of Martin who fights on Phil Jeffries’ show later in September for the British title). Taylor made his debut at the Summer Rumble event winning over four rounds, where as Lake has three wins and defeat to his record after debuting at last years Summer Rumble.
The promoter said: Taylor is a young bright talent and showed it at the Stadium of Light. He’s the youngest pro boxer in the country at the minute and I think his North East derby fight with Lake will be a cracker. If there’s one fight you need to be in your seats for its that one. I think you’ll be up and down for that one it’ll be a hell of a fight!”
Steve is hoping fans get behind the show and tickets are still available from either Steve himself, any of the boxers on the bill or the 02 Academy box office/website.