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Head coach Dean Sugden speaks on motivating Chad Sugden after British light-heavyweight title fight with Shakan Pitters fell foul to coronavirus




The postponement of the British light-heavyweight title fight will favour Chad, says Suggy’s Gym head coach.

Chad Sugden, 25, was set to fight Shakan Pitters in what was a dream shot at the vacant title for the Newark boxer.

And, although the planned British title fight between two Midlands light-heavyweights has been postponed from its original date of this coming Saturday, Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden is confident that when normality resumes, Chad will be a different challenge all together.

CHAD SUGDEN will have to go through a tough camp again as his British title fight against Shakan Pitters was delayed due to coronavirus. Credit: Rick Wilks.
CHAD SUGDEN will have to go through a tough camp again as his British title fight against Shakan Pitters was delayed due to coronavirus. Credit: Rick Wilks.

“Ultimately, there is a positive in every negative,” he said.

“How we are looking at it now is, we are getting longer to prepare.

“We had five weeks before, and now we have as long as it takes for the fight to be rescheduled.

“There is a strong feeling amongst the team that this suits Chad more than it does Shakan.”

Dean said the delayed title fight, which was to be aired on Channel 5, isn’t at risk of falling through as promoter Mick Hennessy said it would be rescheduled at the safest and earliest opportunity subject to the BBBofC and the Government’s medical advice at the time.

And there is no doubt the training camp would have taken a physical and emotional toll on the Suggy’s Gym fighter, who will miss out on not only the immediate chance to fight, but his pay cheque, and Dean highlighted that.

He said: “I didn’t even want to tell him, that was my initial reaction. It was absolutely devastating.

“Not just as a financial thing, but when you get over that initial disappointment, which is huge, it can sometimes be hard to get ready and prepare.

“We were all obviously aware of the strong possibility that it was coming, but until you actually hear it and know for sure, you remain optimistic and positive because after all, you have been working all of your life for these sort of fights.

“I’m not going to pretend that it was easy for any of us, because it wasn’t.

“I had Chad in the gym on Monday and it was hard. These are the hardest time to motivate someone.”


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