Kirk Goodings and Gary Fox will fight for the English lightweight title at Newcastle Arena on March 29 after tomorrow’s Rainton Meadows show was cancelled.
They were due to top tomorrow’s bill, with the winner defending against Jamie Sampson on the undercard of another all-North East affair, Stuey Hall’s WBO world bantamweight defence against Martin Ward. Now the lightweight derby will fill that slot, raising the distinct possibility of a hat-trick of North East title wins.
Birtley’s Jon-Lewis Dickinson defends his British cruiserweight belt for a third time against Neil Dawson. Victory will allow the 27-year-old to keep it outright.
Tomorrow’s show was cancelled at little over 48 hours’ notice when injuries and illness left promoter Phil Jeffries with just five bouts. “It wouldn’t have been fair to the public or to me financially,” said Jeffries.
“Jonson McClumpha was full of flu yesterday, and when he pulled out, I decided to cancel.
“It will cost me about £2,500 but I’m always preaching that I’m going to give value for money and 50-50 fights, so I don’t want to be hypocritical. Some of the lads said they’d box on, but I’m not prepared to put my name to people who aren’t 100% fit.”