Sunderland promoter Phil Jeffries crosses into North Yorkshire tonight – more precisely the seaside resort of Scarborough – as he hosts another night of professional boxing at The Spa.
In a couple of months the venue will play host to renowned comedian Roy Chubby Brown, but there will be no jokes tonight with Jeffries show headlined by the homecoming of cruiserweight prospect Danny Price.
Price is promoted by Frank Maloney, and with Maloney and Jeffries’ recent working relationship, the latter has been able to arrange this show matching Price with unheralded Czech boxer Michal Bilak.
Speaking to The Spa, Price said: “It is great that I am going to be fighting in Scarborough at such a historic venue. I haven’t fought in town since 2001, so it will be great to get back here.
“My fans have been superb so far and have travelled all over the place to support me. This is a great way for me to thank them, and I hope people will get behind me and come down and support on the night.”
Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings will also box on the bill, looking to stay active after returning north from London. However, because he could not be matched he will instead just box an exhibition against Ben Jackson.
Also appearing on the bill will be South Shields’ David Lake and Darlington’s Neil Hepper.
Trained by Mal Gates, Lake has now lost four on the bounce but ‘Dynamite’ is by no means just an opponent and will be looking to get back to winning ways tonight.
Lake’s recent form is more because of the fact that he has took 50/50 fights against bright prospects rather than fighting journeymen who traditionally come to survive instead of to win.
His contest tonight is expected to be a rematch against Qasim Hussain, who beat Dynamite in the second fight of this four-run winless streak.
However, the bout was very tight and Hussain was the home boxer in Sheffield that time around. David will be looking to avenge that defeat this time around.
Hepper might be familiar to Wearboxing fans for his two explosive brawls with Fishburn’s Gary Fox last year. Both took place at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall and the second clash, which Fox won via fifth round TKO, was for the Northern Area lightweight title.
Since that Hepper rebounded last November with a four round points victory over Arturas Zbarauskas in his hometown of Darlington. He returns tonight looking to move his record to 5-2.
Tommy Ward was expected to be on the bill but unfortunately a cut in sparring has ruled him out.
Boxing starts 7:00pm tonight. Tickets are available for £35 on the doors which open at 6:00pm.
*In other news Ward’s older brother Martin Ward lost in his attempt to capture the vacant British bantamweight title two weeks ago. The promoter of Lee Haskins won the purse bids for the fight despite Jeffries’ best efforts, and as a result Ward was forced to fight in Haskins’ home town of Bristol. Ward lost via a fifth round stoppage.
*We would also like to wish Jamie McDonnell and his promoter Dennis Hobson the best of luck tonight. McDonnell (from Doncaster) fights tonight for the world title against Mexico’s Julio Ceja.
Hobson, the Yorkshire promoter who has recently held shows in Darlington, won the purse bids and the event is held at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster and broadcast on PPV channel PrimeTimeTV.
Darlington’s current bantamweight Commenwealth champion Stuart Hall is on the undercard as well. He boxes Sergio Perales with the IBF inter-continental bantamweight title up for grabs.