TIP-TOP Jonson McClumpha is ready to to turn on the style and clinch his first professional title.
The boxer, trained in Peterlee by David Binns, will fight Doncaster’s Jason Ball this Sunday at Summer Rumble 4.
On the line for the winner is the International Masters middleweight belt and Binns is confident the 23-year-old will triumph at the Stadium of Light.
McClumpha’s career has been stop-start to say the least – with injuries interrupting the progress of a boxer with bucket loads of talent.
“Things look as though they are falling into place for Jonson,” said Binns who trains the fighter at the boxing academy at East Durham College.
“He’s had injuries and people pull out of fights with him.
“But, for me, it’s done him good to have a few set-backs – it’s put him in a more determined frame of mind.
“When he first turned pro, he was a young kid, and the mental side of his boxing was the thing which needed to develop.
“He’s had injury problems but now he’s got more genuine self-confidence – he really believes in himself and that’s what you need as a boxer.
“Physically, he’s looking absolutely tip-top – everything has come together nicely for him.
“It’s scheduled for 10 rounds and he’s up and ready for it to go the distance.”
Ball will provide a stern testthe Sunderland star – the 30-year-old Yorkshireman is highly-experienced with four title contests already under his belt.
McClumpha was one of the stars of the 2013 Summer Rumble – his six-round derby with Newcastle’s Andrew Buchanan was one of the fights of the year.
The North-East rivals went at it hammer and tongs with referee Graeme Williams unable to separate them at the end, marking it as a 58-58 draw.
If Sunday’s clash with Ball is only half as good, the crowd are in for a treat on the seven-bout Sunday afternoon spectacular.
“What a fight,” smiled Binns, an expert trainer of amateur and professional boxers.
“Jonson had just come back from a major injury and to fight like he did was brilliant.
“He’d been out 18 months and at one stage it looked doubtful he’d even box again.
“It was a great comeback and I’d have to give Andrew 10 out of 10 for the way be boxed.
“They are two great lads and they put on a fantastic fight – but we’ll see a better bout on Sunday and a better Jonson McClumpha.”
Another Binns boxer, Glenn Foot, will also be in action, against Leicester’s Kevin McAuley.
– ROY KELLY