Chad Sugden
Chad Sugden

Fighter Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden said he was delighted to be given a second chance to showcase his skills in his home county.

Sugden, based at Suggy’s Gym, Newark, will take on Latvia’s number one, Raimonds Sniedze, at Bingham Leisure Centre a week on Saturday.

His fight at the venue in February was called off when his opponent pulled out through illness.

“As always, we did our best to go forward with a new match-up and I was gutted when we had to make the decision to withdraw, not only for myself but for all the fans who had already committed to supporting me on my own turf,” said 23-year-old Sugden.

“So I’m delighted to get a second chance to showcase my skills this close to home. We are leaving no stone unturned preparing for it.

“I’m bigger and stronger both physically and mentally. We know exactly where we are at with this training camp.

“My sparring is back on point, with some quality work with Gary Mayor and Dan Cooper already in the bag.

“I enjoyed six rounds sparring with former GB boxer Anthony Fowler and Dave Coldwell has commented on the fact I’m looking big and strong.

“I have got more sessions lined up, with Jason Cox among others -— no disrespect to Raimonds but these guys are another level and I will be looking to prove it on June 24.”

In his previous fight, Sugden was controversially beaten on a points decision — his only defeat as a professional boxer.

'At Suggy's Gym we like to keep it real'

Sugden, of Newark, is moving up to the light-heavyweight division for this one fight only and will return to super-middleweight when he next gets in the ring.

Head coach and manager, Dean Sugden said: “After a few months out of the ring, we wanted our focus to be on getting fit rather than on losing weight at this stage, although our intention is to return to super-middleweight for the next one.

“In Raimonds, Chad will be up against a tall and game opponent with an impressive pro boxing record of 12 wins with eight KOs. But at Suggy’s Gym we like to keep it real, to put our fighters up against opponents who are going to test them and that’s why they all get such a strong following every time they fight.

“Last time out, Chad had a terrible camp with virtually no sparring or running due to late recovery from injury and, with hindsight, we probably should have pulled the fight or reduced the number of rounds.

“We didn’t, but experiences like that only make us stronger and we take away valuable lessons from them, not just about what we should have done differently but also about how to understand and be ready to deal with factors outside of our control.”

Tickets for Boxing Returns To The Banks at Bingham Leisure Centre are £60 VIP ringside and £35 standard. They are on sale from Suggy’s Gym or via the ticket hotline 07816 840920.

Doors open at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm.