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Sugden unfazed by Boynazarov bout

BAILEY ‘BADBOY’ SUGDEN has returned from his third fight in the US in 14 months, where he was flying the flag for UK kickboxing on the main card of GLORY 58 Chicago.

The Suggy’s Gym, Newark, professional made his fifth appearance for the world’s leading kickboxing promotion in what was an explosive featherweight contest against Uzbekistan’s Anvar Boynazarov.

Despite being narrowly defeated by an older, more experienced opponent, Sugden hopes his performance in Chicago will move him up the GLORY rankings.

Bailey 'Badboy' Sugden dancing during ring walk. Photo credits: James Law and GLORY Kickboxing
Bailey 'Badboy' Sugden dancing during ring walk. Photo credits: James Law and GLORY Kickboxing

“I enjoyed going toe to toe with someone who has so many knockouts on his record,” he said.

“Anvar has stopped some of the best fighters out there, with 54 of his wins ending in knockouts, but I know I put up a great fight.

“I hope my performance puts me in the GLORY top ten, having already beaten Chenglong Zhang, who is currently ranked number ten. It is where I belong.”

Fighting first on the main card, the young Newark fighter came out throwing, following the power-punching Boynazarov around the ring and changing the levels with his own punches.

When a flying knee from Boynazarov hit him flush on the chin, Sugden stood firm, to the surprise of his opponent who knocked out Muay Thai legend Fabio Pinca earlier this year.

Recovering and looking unfazed, Sugden went back to firing combinations that ended a closely-contested opening round.

As the second round progressed, a spinning back-kick from Boynazarov just missed the mark and a pair of left head-kicks was blocked by the high guard of Sugden, who countered a wayward flying knee with a series of punches.

With one round apiece on the scorecards, Boynazarov opened the final three minutes more aggressively, but again the British fighter was unfazed.

Three of the judges declared for Boynazarov, while two gave the final round to Sugden. Boynazarov won by a split decision ((30-27, 27-30, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28).

“I thought we were heading into an extra round after the third bell but for Bailey to come so close to getting his hand raised against an opponent of Boynazarov’s standard at only 20 is incredible,” said Suggy’s Gym head coach Dean Sugden.

“Bailey is learning in the fast lane ­— GLORY is the premier division in striking. It just shows how highly the powers-that-be think of him when they are putting him in the ring with great opponents such as Anvar and Zachary Zouggary.

“He has both the potential and the time to achieve his goal of becoming a GLORY champion.”

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