The youngest member of the fighting Sugden family, Bailey ‘BadBoy’ Sugden, has returned home after victory on the biggest night of his career in New York.
Making his Glory debut in the theatre at the iconic Madison Square Garden, the 19-year-old Newark professional kickboxer was awarded a unanimous decision victory over Thailand-based Arthur ‘The Black Dragon’ Sorsor.
Judges scored the rounds 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 in Sugden’s favour in the Glory 43 SuperFight Series.
“Walking out to the ring is always a fantastic feeling. But standing on that stage at Madison Square Garden, looking out to the crowd and realising I was following in the footsteps of some of the greatest boxers in the world was unreal,” he said.
“It was the experience of a lifetime and I know exactly how my brother Chad felt when he fought for Glory in Las Vegas.
“The atmosphere was electric and the crowd was amazing. I have picked up a lot of new followers, not only from the US but from as far afield as China, and now everyone wants to know what is next for me, who I want to fight and why.
“The answer is simple — I want to fight everyone above me in the rankings.”
Sugden played to his strengths from the start of the fight, taking advantage of his superior boxing skills throughout, despite Sorsor’s professional record of 17 wins, seven by knockout.
Sugden’s better handwork, evasiveness and control of distance meant that in the first half of the fight he was often able to make Sorsor miss or force him to throw punches from further out, where his attacks could be seen and evaded.
Sugden used back kicks, spinning back fists, heel kicks and more throughout the three rounds to add another win to his professional record, which stands at ten wins, two by knockout, from 11 fights.
“I said I was there to win, to dominate Arthur in every single way with power, speed, technique and skills. Everything went to plan and I did just what I set out to do,” said Sugden.
His father, coach and manager, Dean Sugden, said: “With the fight streamed live worldwide on UFC Fight Pass, Bailey’s UK followers were able to share the excitement.
“They will have the chance to see him in action closer to home, when he is back in the ring on Road To Glory 2.”
Tickets are on sale for the show on Saturday, October 7 in Grantham. Bailey Sugden’s opponent and the full line-up will be revealed shortly.