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North-East duo set for title battle
12:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
TWO North-East boxers will go toe-to-toe for the English lightweight title at the Rainton Meadows Arena next month.
The Tees-Wear duel will see Sunderland's Kirk Goodings take on Middlesbrough's Paul Truscott for the belt on October 19 at the Houghton-le-Spring venue.
Truscott is the former Commonwealth featherweight champion, and British super-featherweight title challenger, who needs a career-lifting victory after being stopped last time out against hard-hitting Richard Commey in July.
Goodings has just one defeat in ten outings, a late-substitute points loss to Steve Williams in a British Masters light-welterweight challenge, and is seeing the Truscott fight as the perfect opportunity to springboard his career.
“This is the hardest fight of my career. Paul is a very good and tough opponent,” said Goodings. “But this is my time to shine, this is what I train for and I am not losing this opportunity. Winning the English title will be amazing as it leads on to other titles and will really propel my career.”
Promoter Phil Jeffries recently stated he only wants 50-50 fights on his Pro Box North-East shows and this headliner fits that mould. With 23-fight Truscott the more experienced, but Goodings the fresher man, it is hard to split the pair and the contest shouldn't fail to be a quality affair.
“There's excitement there for definite with it being a North-East derby, it definitely adds to the tension,” said Kirk. “I'm very confident of winning and I wouldn't be in this fight otherwise. I have a lot of respect for Paul and I look forward to us getting the gloves on.”
The rest of the Rainton Meadows card will feature some of the best unbeaten fighters from the region including Easington’s Paul Archer; South Shields’ Anthony Nelson; Sunderland’sJonson McClumpha; Hartlepool’s Callum Winton and Mick Hadfield, and Horden’s Anthony Hardy. Also appearing will be Edinburgh’s John McCallum.
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