Chad Sugden challenges Craig Richards to a rematch after impressive showing on Matchroom show
Chad Sugden announced himself to the boxing world after an impressive performance against WBA continental champion Craig Richards.
Sudgen, 25, took the light-heavyweight eight-rounder on short notice, having prepared to go six rounds with the less challenging Ben Thomas, who has two wins to Richards’ 15.
But the Suggy’s Gym fighter proved he had the heart and skill to go toe-to-toe with the Crystal Palace title-holder as the referee scored it as a draw.
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“What a fight and what a night,” said Chad. “This has been a great year for me but ending it on a high like this, showcasing my skills at York Hall live on Sky Sports TV – could it possibly get any better?
“It’s difficult to tell on the night when you’re exchanging punches but, after watching it back, I thought I edged it and one thing’s for sure, I loved every minute and would love to do it again on more Matchroom shows.
“Thanks to Matchroom Boxing for picking me out at the last minute, to all my sponsors and to my whole team — I hope I did you all proud on the night.
“A big thank you as well to the 50 fans who travelled down from Newark at such short notice to support me and to everyone who tuned in to watch the broadcast. Hopefully we’ll have a bit more warning for the next one and you can all come along to see me in action live.
“Now for some well-deserved time off to recover over Christmas and the New Year and then come back with a bang in 2020.”
Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden said: “From the minute we got the call, we knew this had all the markings of a game-changing opportunity for Chad.
“Personally, I thought Craig Richards was lucky on three counts. Firstly, we had just one week’s notice, secondly, virtually no sparring for Chad in his training camp as he was protecting a nose injury and of course Craig was the home fighter.
“Despite the short notice, Chad did what he always does and stepped up to the challenge, showing all the will, skill and determination he’s known for both in and out of the ring.
“And what a fight it was, definitely the fight of the night. To go out and deliver such a performance under the circumstances, given the preparation or lack of it, speaks volumes not just about his ability, but also his character.
“Everyone at Matchroom and Sky Sports was buzzing about Chad and his skills and straight after the fight he was trending as the highest male on Twitter.
"Without a doubt, he made himself known to the world of boxing in one fight, taking an opponent who is leading the domestic Light Heavyweights to the wire and getting a draw.
"Next time over 10 rounds and hopefully for his WBA Continental title, Chad will dominate Craig.
“Chad’s already called out all the Super Middleweights and Light Heavyweights above him. After Thursday night’s performance, they might not be so keen on the idea but we’re looking forward to boxing on Matchroom again very soon."
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