Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunderland to stage Fight Night

FRANK MALONEY will stage a sensational triple title card in Sunderland on Saturday May 2 with a special added attraction the homecoming of Olympic hero Tony Jeffries. New European light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore makes the first defence of his title when he faces Ukraine's former amateur star Roman Dzuman (23-6-1). Salford's Moore (31-3) won the title in style earlier this month knocking out former WBC world champion Michele Piccirillo. Mike Tyson conqueror Danny Williams (40-7) risks his British heavyweight title in a rematch against John McDermott (25-4). Their combined weight is almost ΒΌ ton and if there clash last year is anything to go by it will be an explosive contest. Brixton's Williams was a controversial points winner in their first meeting when many ringsiders believed McDermott had done enough. European super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe (18-1) bids to become a double title holder when he meets a selected opponent for the vacant Commonwealth title. Like fellow southpaw Moore, the Leicester dustman is closing in a on a world title tilt. Beijing bronze medalist Jeffries hasn't boxed in home city for almost four years and a big crowd is expected for what will hopefully be a triumph return for the Sunderland's first Olympic medalist in history.Promoter Frank Maloney said: "This is the biggest night of boxing in the north-east for 20 years and I am sure the passionate fans will get behind it. "Manchester has been the capital of British boxing for a decade, but the north-east is about to take that crown." Undefeated Newcastle brothers Jon Lewis and Travis Dickinson will also box four rounders on the star studded bill. The card is the British leg of Sky Box Office's top night of action headed by Ricky Hatton's showdown against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

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