Regis 'The First' Sugden set to make professional boxing debut next Spring
HAVING announced his decision to make the switch from the MMA cage to the boxing ring, Regis ‘The First’ Sugden has his professional boxing debut in his sights for next spring.
Following in the footsteps of older brother Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden, who moved from kickboxing to boxing in May 2016, he will be embarking on the next stage of his fighting career in March 2019.
The Newark fighter will be in front of a home crowd as his welterweight bout will take place on the Scott Carlow Promotions Show at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham.
“This is the right time for me to make the switch. Boxing is on the up right now and I want to be part of that,” said Sugden.
“I wanted to do something different and more challenging and I’m really excited about getting out there and showing everyone what I’m all about.
“I’ve been sparring with some world class boxers recently and can’t wait to take the next step in my career.
“Making my debut on the biggest show in my home county is amazing and I’m really grateful to Scott Carlow for giving me the chance to do so.”
The 23-year-old’s manager, Dean Sugden, said: “Once I was sure Regis was making the decision for the right reasons, I was ecstatic.
“It will be great to see him and Chad doing the same thing again, as they did in their kickboxing days.
“He’s grown up boxing from a young kid and his fans are in for a real treat when they get to see him putting his exciting and explosive fighting style to the test.
The switch of combat sports has also been supported by UFC legend Dan Hardy and world class boxer and WBA world super Middleweight challenger Jamie Cox.
“I think it’s exciting that a fighter with Regis’s potential has decided to focus on boxing for a while,” said Hardy.
“He comes from a family of warriors and I know that, whatever combat sport he dedicates himself to, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
“And if ever he decides to return to MMA, his hands will be that much more dangerous after training in one range of the arts with absolute focus.”
Cox also complimented Sugden, as he praised his quick hands and physical strength, before suggesting he will make a great impact on the professional game.
Sugden’s fight will take place on Saturday March 16.
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