Sunderland’s Jonson McClumpha (7-0-1) goes into the lion’s den on Saturday when he takes on Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor (14-0-1) at Sheffield’s Hillsbrough Leisure Centre in an English title eliminator. Both men go into the contest believing they are the better man and both camps are confident ahead of the clash.
It is a step up for both men and with the fight beamed live on Box Nation, it provides the unbeaten pair opportunity to really stake a claim in what is arguably Britain’s strongest division in terms of quality and depth. The winner will move on to fight for the English title and although a loss would not be the end of the road, it’s great to see boxers who are prepared to put their unbeaten record on the line.
Date of birth: 07/02/1990
Age you first started boxing: “I started at 17.”
Which amateur club did you box for: “I was at Hylton Castle ABC.”
What was your amateur record: “I had 58 and won 32.”
What were your amateur achievements: “I reached the National Novice Final and won area belts at 64kgs and 67kgs.”
When did you turn pro: “I turned pro in May 2012 and outponted Ibrar Riyaz.”
Are you a full time pro? If not – what’s your current Job outside of boxing: “Yes, I’m a full time professional.”
Who are/were your boxing heroes – and why: “Ricky Hatton because of his body punching and the way he used to always entertain the crowd and never give up.”
Who’s your favourite North East boxer (past or present): “Billy Hardy. We boxed for the same amateur club, he achieved so much and was a very under-rated fighter for what he achieved in the sport.”
When you’ve finally hung up your gloves – what do you want to have achieved in boxing: “I would like to win an area title then hopefully move on to better things. I want to give it my best shot and just see how far I can go and see what I can achieve. I have a good team around me, I just need to get the opportunities at the right time.”