Newcastle-based promoter Steve Wraith gets back into the fray on October 12 when he brings the English super-flyweight championship to South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre.
Topping the bill for the vacant title will be unbeaten local man Anthony ‘Babyface’ Nelson who faces the challenge of Yorkshire’s Terry Broadbent, while the undercard is stacked with more Northeast talent.
Ahead of the contest, NEFS caught up with Steve for his thoughts on the show, and more:
As one of a very small numbers of promoters in the region, what are your thoughts on the current pro scene?
It’s a great time for boxing in the North East. I’m saddened that Phil Jeffries has chosen to call it a day but he has taught me all he knows and a bit more besides so I feel ready at this stage to take over the mantle and build on his legacy. He’s only a phone call away and of course is still involved on the management side. He’s a good friend and a very useful ally and sounding board for when those tricky moments arise, and there has been a few trust me.
The recent Stuey Hall shows in Newcastle were great for me to go along to and see how a bigger show works on my manor. They were both very different. The first show was packed out and I look at that show as a benchmark to what we want to achieve up here on a regular basis.
Since I took out my promoter’s license the number of the pros in the region has more than doubled and I’m currently getting at least an email a week from an up and coming amateur. It shows that we are doing things in the right way. I have made a few errors in my first couple of years, but the difference with me compared to others is that I’m prepared to admit my errors and more importantly I learn from my mistakes.
There’s a lot of talent up here and I want to make sure it gets the opportunity to showcase itself on a regular basis. There are some really good gyms across the region but for me the Olympian Gym in Sunderland and Fighting Chance in Gateshead are the most likely breeding grounds for the next World Champion from the region.
Tell us about your next show?
‘Winner Takes It All’ is no place for dancing queens let’s put it that way! We have a cracking afternoon of boxing with currently 10 fights on the card. Topping the bill is Anthony ‘BabyFace’ Nelson against Leeds’ Terry Broadbent for the English Flyweight Title.
This is a dream fight for ‘Nella’ but also a dream fight for me as a promoter. It’s going to be a war as both lads like going forward and I think this could be the fight of the season in the bag already. There’s nobody in North East boxing more committed than Anthony for me and he is a natural fighter and entertainer. The roof will come off for this one.
We have also just confirmed a cracking local derby between Peter Cope and John Green for a Northern Area title and the rest of the bill screams out talent with Tommy Ward, Jordan King, Anthony Hardy, Dan Cope, Lyndonn Watt, Lee Mould, Tom Whitfield, and Thomas Essambo all matched up. £30 a ticket for six of those on a bill would be worth it never mind 10!
With Stuart Hall and Jon-Lewis Dickinson both losing their titles recently, who do you think will be the next major champion from the region?
My money is still on Bradley Saunders if you’re talking about claiming a world crown, but I also feel that Stuey Hall will have that belt wrapped around his waist again in the very near future because he’s had a taste of what it’s like to be champ and I know he still has the hunger and the fight in him to snatch the belt back. He was robbed for me at the Arena. I was at ringside and I had him ahead as did many around me, but as we have seen with Paul Smith Jnr these things happen in boxing. It’s how you handle that and how you come back and Stuey will be back stronger than ever. The fact it’s not up here takes away that added pressure too. I also feel that if Nelson wins this belt on October 12th that we may just have another potential World Champion waiting in the wings.
For ticket information for ‘Winner Takes It All’ visit wraithpromotions.com