It seems the hard work of Phil Jeffries is paying off after he announced this week that he has secured a television deal for his second consecutive show.
Last week we brought news that Jeffries’ next show was to be held at the Rainton Meadows Arena on April 12th with Prizefighter champion Glenn Foot headlining and a host of North East talent on the undercard.
This week Jeffries and Pro Box North East have announced that, following the success of the last show – Supremacy, Frank Maloney has come back on board with his Loaded TV deal and the show will be televised live on the free Sky channel (200).
The bill will remain the same except Foot will now be chief support for Jon-Lewis Dickinson’s second British cruiserweight title defence against Mike Stafford. The show has also been put back a week to April 19th.
The news is a huge boost for North East boxing giving all the boxers on the bill the chance to impress once more with a big viewing audience.
Dickinson will be looking to successfully defend his title for a second time, leaving him just one defence away from winning the title outright.
Stafford, who stands in his way, turned professional in 2006 but despite that has only had 12 fights with an 11 (2) -1 record.
He started well collecting six wins in his first six fights but in December 2009 he lost for the first time to Billy Boyle on points. Boyle had a winning record at the time but after the Stafford win he lost his next 12 fights.
Following the defeat Stafford was out for almost two years, returning in July 2011 with a points win over Paul Morris.
Stafford has won five on the bounce since his comeback, most notably winning the International Masters title with a ten round points decision over Martyn Grainger.
Stafford may be a test for Dickinson and has a decent record but it lacks the names that Dickinson has on his and it is likely Dickinson will retain.
Still, this is boxing and as we’ve all seen on many occasions, anything can happen so the Birtley boxer will have to guard against complacency.
Also added to the original line-up is Hartlepool’s Callum Winton. Winton has had just two fights so far. In his first he was very unlucky to only draw with Steve Martin but did win his second against Rob Sharp in September.
Winton, like Hartlepool’s other rising star Peter Cope, brings a lot of support and will be looking to get his second win against a yet to be named opponent.
There’ll be more news as the show gets nearer, including interviews with fighters on the bill.
Tickets are on sale now from boxers on the bill or from Phil Jeffries at 07747611020. Prices are £35 or £70 for ringside.