Fight fans heading to Bolton for The Main Event next month will be getting ‘two for the price of one’ now that both Sugden brothers are on the card of what is being billed as the biggest show in the UK this year.
The two Suggy’s Gym professionals, Chad ‘2 Sick’ Sugden and Regis ‘The First’ Sugden, will be in the ring on Saturday 7 June, in front of a 5,000-strong crowd in the USN Bolton Arena.
The Bolton event will be a rare opportunity to see Chad in action on UK soil, now that he is contracted by K-1 Global and fighting regularly on the global stage. This could also be the only chance fans will have to see him on the same card as his younger brother Regis, making it a night not to be missed.
Regis had been due to make his professional MMA debut this month but the BAMMA show was postponed. When Danny Horton’s opponent on The Main Event withdrew, the promoters turned to Suggy’s Gym for a replacement and Regis was quick to accept the fight.
“Danny and I have a lot in common,” said Regis. “He’s trained by Kev Harper, a former world champion; Chad and I are coached by our dad, who is a former world champion too.
“We both favour K-1 style kickboxing and have a 50 per cent stoppage record as professionals so neither one of us will be willing to give up ground to the other.”
Although the fight between Regis and Danny is on the undercard, Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden is convinced this could well be the fight of the night. “Danny is one of my favourite fighters – he’s strong, explosive and dangerous, which is exactly how I would describe Regis too so this is going to be a real cracker,” commented Dean.
“On the night, the win will go to the one who performs at his best and is at the top of his game, which is why K-1 is so exciting and explains why it is taking over from boxing as the favourite stand up sport for the spectator.”
The Main Event is a promotion 20 year-old Chad knows well, having made his pro debut on their 2012 show at Event City in Manchester. Now he heads the bill in a long-awaited grudge match with Nathan Epps, a confrontation which should have happened in the final of the UK K-1 Eight Man Tournament in October 2012.
“Nathan pulled out of the tournament final to avoid going head to head with me and since then has been making a lot of noise about his right to this fight,” said Chad. “Here at Suggy’s Gym, we never shy away from a challenge and I’m happy to put my skills and reputation to the test to oblige him.”
Chad goes into his training camp injury-free on the back of some great fights in Spain, Azerbaijan and Germany. In Darmstadt at the end of May he pushed Enriko Kehl, who takes on Buakaw Banchamek for the K-1 World Max title in Thailand on 26 July,to the closest of decisions.
“Enriko was surprised by my strength and ability to hit,” added Chad. “Although I had less than three weeks’ notice of the fight, everyone agreed it was a close run thing and I came away from it more confident than ever than I can compete with the best – and beat the best.”
“Tickets for the event are still available but this is going to be a sell-out night so you need to get in fast if you want to be there.” added Dean. “Local fans can contact Chad or Regis or visit Chappell’s Barber Shop or Suggy’s Gym for tickets and details of coach transport to Bolton. Alternatively, call the ticket hotline on 07816 840920 for credit card sales.”