Stadium of Light

Fans set for knockout night

by Kate Smith

SoL to host special boxing event.

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light will once again open its doors to the North East’s boxing fans, as it hosts the third edition of the Summer Rumble on the 7 July.

Fighters from across the region will fight it out for a number of title belts, in an afternoon headlined by the return to boxing of Newcastle’s Andrew Buchanan, who fights for only the second time since his initial retirement in 2005. Buchanan’s opponent, local lad Jonson McClumpha is also returning from an 18 month lay-off following a broken hand. The fight, which is being labeled as boxing’s equivalent of the Tyne-Wear derby, is highly anticipated by the boxing public.

The event, which is once again being promoted by Phil Jeffries, father of Olympic boxing medalist Tony Jeffries, will see numerous North East fighters show down against other in ‘derbies’ with doors open from 12noon and the first fight underway from 1.15pm.

Speaking ahead of the event, Jeffries said: “I’ve been in touch with the Northern Area Boxing Board and there hasn’t been a show in the region in recent times with as many derby fights on.”

Other bouts on the card include Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings against Middlesborough’s Shafiq Asif, whilst Anthony ‘Babyface Nelson faces off against Mohammed Waqas, and in a battle of the novices Ben Jackson meets Chris Bennett. Also appearing on the card are Prizefighter winner Glenn Foot and English bantamweight champion Martin Ward.

Tickets for the day are priced at £35, and there are a small number of executive boxes available for £600, including a three course meal with table service and a private balcony for 10 people.

Sunderland AFC commercial director Gary Hutchinson commented, saying: “The Stadium of Light has hosted boxing events in recent years and they have all been successful and very popular. It has been another busy summer at the stadium and we have continued to host a wide range of events which is great for the club and region.”

For further information on Summer Rumble, or to buy tickets, call 07747611020.