All set for fight nights
6:45am Thu Mar 09, 2017
Bailey Sugden in action in a previous fight. Photograph: Roly Todd.
Newark's Bailey Sugden is looking forward to the biggest fight of his career so far when he competes in the UK’s first official Road To Glory event.
He is part of an eight-man featherweight tournament, which gives two fighters the chance to earn a place in the world’s leading kickboxing promotion.
Nineteen-year-old Sugden is drawn against 30-year-old Andrew Liddell in his first fight.
“It is massive,” Sugden said. “It is the biggest night of my life and I am going to have to be on my best form.
“I have been working a lot on my fitness and explosive power. I have been training as though I have to compete in nine rounds because that is how many I might have to do at the weekend.”
The show, featuring 24 fighters, is at Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, on Saturday.
Head coach of Suggy’s Gym and show promoter Dean Sugden said: “To have the very first official Road To Glory in the UK is a massive achievement. It should be a great night.
“We have some of the very best fighters in the country here, who might not have agreed to fight each other if there wasn’t the carrot of Glory as part of it.”
Boxers will take to the ring on Saturday at the Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham.
Newark fighters Nathan McIntosh and Adam Kettleborough face Duane Green and Yaddollah Ghasemi respectively
McIntosh had been due to fight unbeaten Nathon Smith, but he pulled out and was replaced by Green.
Edwinstowe’s Jamie Williams is in action against Conor Blackshaw in a super flyweight clash.
Promoter Carl Greaves, of Newark, said: “It’s a big show with a very good bill. There are some talented fighters on there. This is one of the best bills I have had in a while.
“There are a lot of good match-ups, which is what you are looking for from a night like this.”
Newark’s Jake Sharp was set to make his professional debut at super middleweight but suffered a setback because the British Boxing Board of Control was not satisfied with his brain scan.
Greaves said: “They are going to send it off to the consultants to be checked, but even if it comes back fine it will unfortunately be too late for the weekend.
“It is a bit of a sickener as he had sold 150 tickets, 90% of them to friends who had come to see him.
“Financially it is a big hit but safety is the priority and hopefully he will be okay.”