College Boxing Star To Fight At The Stadium Of Light

Thu, 2001-01-11 00:00

A student from East Durham College is delighted to be on the bill at a glittering line up of some of the best boxers in the North East.

Paul Archer, who turned professional last year and boxing in the light welter-weight division, will have his third professional fight at the Summer Rumble event being held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on 3rd July.

The Easington ace, who is studying a Sports Foundation Degree at the College, said: “I’m excited to fight at the Stadium of Light, it’s going to a pleasant change from boxing at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

“I still don’t know who I’m fighting yet so it’s been a bit difficult to prepare but I’m training well and I’m as fit as I have ever been.”

The Summer Rumble is being promoted by Phil Jeffries, the dad of Olympic bronze medallist and ex-East Durham College student Tony Jeffries, and will be packed with North East talent.

Phil Jeffries said: “I've had every pro boxer in the North East trying to get on this bill.

“It's an exciting venue and a place that we hope will see some big fights in the future.”

A Northern Area cruiserweight clash between Sunderland's David Dolan and Birtley's Jon-Lewis Dickinson will top the bill.

Jeffries added: “This is the biggest North East fight in a quarter of a century.

“This fight would be a worthy British title fight and the winner will be in a strong position to challenge Norton.”

Another big clash will be the 10-rounder at bantamweight between West Rainton's Martin Ward and former British and European champion Ian Napa.

The show at the Premier League stadium will be on an outdoor stage in front of the Stadium of Light's West Stand.

Tickets for Summer Rumble are priced £30.