Newark’s Regis ‘The First’ Sugden will now face Mexico-born Featherweight Arturo ‘El Moreno’ Chavez when he makes his long-awaited return to the cage on Friday 12 May, following the withdrawal of his original opponent due to injury.
The Suggy’s Gym striking sensation will be looking to add another decisive win to his pro MMA record when the two men go head to head on the card of the TANKO Events TFC#4 show at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.
“Declan Williams was unfortunately forced to pull out of the fight a few weeks ago but it’s taken until now to secure a replacement,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden. “Although Regis has been out of action for more than 20 months after last year’s surgery, he’s obviously still seen as one of the most exciting prospects in the MMA world and people clearly don’t fancy their chances against him.”
Going up against Arturo, Regis will be taking on an opponent who always fights away from home, has six wins as a professional that the Newark camp knows about and has never been stopped.
“Now based in Stockholm and representing the world-famous All Stars Gym, home to the likes of Alexander Gustaffson, Jimi Manuwa and Niklas Backstrom, Arturo will be looking to bounce back from his last appearance in Glasgow where he dropped a razor-thin decision,” added Dean. “He’s had five fights during the time Regis has been side-lined due to injury and is regarded as the toughest Mexican out there so this will be a big test for Regis on his return to the cage.
“For fans of striking in particular, it has all the makings of a terrific contest and we’re ready for war up in Manchester.”
Heading into the final stage of his training camp, Regis is taking the last-minute change of opponent in his stride. “It happens, it’s something we’re always prepared for and it’s not going to throw me off my game,” he said. “I’ve waited a long time for this but at last I’m back. And fighting for the first time in the Featherweight division, I’m even more determined to get out there and show everyone I’m fitter, stronger and more dangerous than ever.”
Doors at the Victoria Warehouse open at 6pm, with the first fight at 7pm. Standard tickets, priced £40 each, are still available from Suggy’s Gym in Newark or via the hotline 07816 840920; transport from Newark, at £20 per person and leaving at 5pm, is also available on request.