Wearside boxing promoter, Phil Jeffries' next event is now very
much on the horizon with just two weeks to go until the fighters
step out at the Hartlepool Borough Hall.
Headlined by Martin Ward's bantamweight title bout, the mouth
most definitely waters at the prospect of this one.
Sunday 30th September is the date NE fight fans need
to keep in both their diaries and minds. Not only for the headline
bout but also the mouth-watering undercard presented as well.
That main headline bout will see Martin Ward challenge Jason '2
Smooth' Booth for the English bantamweight title.
It will be a return to the region for Booth who fought on
Jeffries' Summer Rumble bill, losing to Willie Casey for the WBA
"Booth and Ward are both stylish, classy boxers and this fight
is going to be a great spectacle. It's a really even fight too and
if Martin does win then he really will have arrived on the British
stage," said Phil Jeffries.
"Peter Cope will be fighting in front of his home fans after a
great victory last time out against Gavin Reid.
"We've also got Gary Fox and Neil Hepper fighting for the
Northern Area light-welterweight title, and if it's anything like
their first fight then it will be toe to toe all the way."
Peter Cope (6-0), having successfully claimed the International
Masters super -bantamweight title at the Summer Rumble against
Redcar's Gavin Reid (6-15-1, 3KO's), will face Michael Stupart
(1-5-1, 1 KO) who resides in Hayes, Middlesex but is
Stupart already has another two potential bouts lined up in
October against Paul Economides and Daniel McShane, but will first
provide Cope with a challenge over six rounds.
The second of the two title fights that are scheduled to take
place will see that of Fishburn's Gary Fox (8-1) oppose
Darlington's Neil Hepper (3-1) for the vacant Northern Area
light-welterweight title over ten rounds.
Then there is Horden's Greg O'Neil (2-0) whom has been paired
with the Scunthorpe journeyman, Steve Spence (2-24-4, 1KO) who
would be remembered to the regions fight fans for his defeat to
Mark Clauzel at the Summer Rumble on points.
There are three further bouts on Jeffries' undercard with an
opponent for Teesside's bantamweight, Mohammad Waqas (2-0). At
lightweight level Hartlepool's Callum Martin follows up his shock
debut draw at the Rumble against Steve Martin (1-4-1, 1KO) with a
bout, over four rounds, against Mansfield's Rob Sharpe (2-3,
1KO). Sharpe is also no stranger to the regions fight fans
having opposed South Shields' David Lake in his debut.
Finally, there is that of the undefeated Gateshead fighter, Rob
Ismay (6-0, 2KO's) as he faces Sheffield's Lee Duncan (4-7-2).
Duncan, who has fought twice in Edinburgh, Scotland, has appeared
mainly in Southern regions and will be his first trip to the
north-east. Ismay though is far from being a pushover and his two
KO's have both been in the first round. The first came against Matt
Inman in Peterlee and the second was at Blackpool's Winter Gardens
against experienced journeyman, Jody Meikle (3-25), in March this
The last three bouts will be contested over four rounds, Izzy
and Waqas will bring with them a sizeable, vociferous support from
Tyneside and Teesside respectively.