Newark’s Bailey ‘BadBoy’ Sugden is getting ready for the biggest night of his life following confirmation that his debut on the international GLORY stage will take place at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.
The Newark Suggy’s Gym star was one of three fighters awarded much-coveted contracts with the world’s biggest kickboxing promotion after the Road To Glory UK show in Grantham, in March.
He will now face native New Yorker Chris Mauceri in a featherweight Super Fight on the card of Glory 43 New York on Friday, July 14.
“When it was first suggested I could be heading to Madison Square Garden for my Glory debut it seemed almost too good to be true,” said Bailey.
“But now it’s official and I’m beyond excited by the prospect of showing just what I’m capable of in a venue most fighters can only dream of getting to during their careers.
“Chris has a pro record of nine wins and five losses against my own of eight wins and one loss.
“When I get into that ring, I will be putting on the performance of my life and I’m going to smash it.”
The 19-year-old will be following in the footsteps of his elder brother, Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden, whose kickboxing career culminated in victory over Murthel Groenhart on the card of Glory 23 Las Vegas in 2015.
Their father, Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden, said: “To have two of my sons signed by the world’s leading kickboxing promotion is an achievement in itself.
“But having them both fight in the US, in Las Vegas and New York no less — that’s massive, not just for me as their dad, but for everyone in the team behind them.
“Before he made the switch to professional boxing, Chad was number two at welterweight in the Glory rankings. Now it’s Bailey’s turn to step up and fly the flag on the international stage for Suggy’s Gym, for Newark and for the UK.”
The action starts at midnight British Summer Time and the full card will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
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