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Steve Wraith looking to capitalize on successful first show

Steve Wraith is looking to capitalize on his successful professional promotion debut in September, with his second show ‘Farewell to Fergie’ taking place on Saturday night.

Wraith, under his promotional banner of Wraith Promotions, hosts the show on Saturday night at the O2 Academy in Newcastle with heavyweight David Ferguson topping the bill in a comeback for one last fight.

Steve said of the show: “I’m looking forward to it as it’s going to be another big show. It’ll be a great night and It’s no coincidence that I’ve picked the same night that Ricky Hatton makes his comeback. We start our show early with the intention to finish at about 8:30pm.

“Fans can make a day of it by coming to see live boxing then coming across to the Grosvenor Casino to see Hatton’s fight. I want to build on the success of the first show and after the success of the first one it would have been silly not to put another show on. In the new year I’m hoping to deliver fights every couple of months because the fans want to see fights.”

The bill, as it stands, includes fives fights with a possible sixth to be announced. That is because of late pull outs from both Mark Clauzel and Rob Ismay. Steve explained:

“I had a phone call off both Mark and Rob within 24 hours of each other both saying they were injured and had to pull out. They were boy gutted. Obviously both were looking forward to make their bow in their own back-yard.

“Unfortunately an unlucky sparring session with each other has left both injured (Clauzel, ribs and Ismay, hand). Their debuts in Newcastle will have to wait but both are made of strong stuff and they’ll bounce back.”

Topping the bill will be Newcastle’s two-time Prizefighter contestant David Ferguson, who last boxed in July 2010 in a crushing 1st round KO defeat to Larry Olubamiwo.

Following that, relations broke down with his promoters and no fights came up, forcing his retirement last July.

Now just 16 month later, Steve has convinced David to have one last fight in his hometown. Steve believes after ‘Fergie’s’ career it is only right they dedicate the show to him and hopes North East fight fans get behind the big heavyweight.

As usual Steve has a fight that he thinks will stand out on the night. This time his pick is the interesting all-Tyneside bout between first-show bill topper Akash Hussein and pro-debutant Paul O’Hagan.

“Obviously we billed the show around ‘Ca$h’ last time,” Steve said. “It was an uncomfortable comeback after his much publicized lay-off, but any comeback is always going to be because there are issues to overcome such as ring rust. He came through though and got the result.

“This is a hard fight for him albeit against a novice in the pro-game. Paul’s following me from the white-collar scene and I know how much he wants this. He’s not afraid of anybody and is a crowd pleaser. Essentially it’s set to be fight of the night and it could go either way.”

Last time Wraith correctly predicted that the local clash between David Lake and Tommy Ward would be the stand-out fight of the night and he is delighted to welcome back Tommy (who boxes under the name Taylor) for Saturday’s bill.

Supporting them will be two of Mal Gates’ stable in Lee Mould and Anthony Nelson and Steve hopes to add Andrew Buchanan to the bill to make it six bouts.

Buchanan, a Newcastle-born middleweight, boxed five times winning four and losing one but hasn’t been in the ring since 2005.

Wraith revealed that the middleweight has had clearance from the Boxing Board of Control to make a comeback and will appear on the bill if an opponent can be found in time and if Andrew can sell enough tickets. If not then he promised Buchanan would definitely return in the new year.

Tickets for the show are still available priced at £35 and also includes a free £10 bet in Grosvenor Casino at the after party. Tickets can be purchased from any boxer on the bill or from www.wraithpromotions.com. Doors open at 3pm and boxing is set to commence at 5pm.

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