BOXING promoter Phil Jeffries believes he has pulled off a second Sunderland v Hartlepool title showdown coup.
The Wearside fight figure has lined up Lee Mould v Gary Fox at the Stadium of Light next month – and hopes the British Boxing Board of Control sanction it as a Northern Area title match.
SportMail reported on Friday how Jeffries had set up a mouthwatering North-East derby between unbeaten Sunderland star Jonson McClumpha and Hartlepool and Horden middleweight Greg O’Neil at the Summer Rumble on Sunday, July 13.
He has proposed it for the Northern Area title and now he is keeping his fingers crossed that Mould v Fox gets the green light for the major event.
“I’m very excited,” said Jeffries.
“I think McClumpha and O’Neil could be sensational and I love the look of Mould v Fox.
“I am just waiting on the Northern Area Council to come back to me about the two fights but I hope both get sanctioned.
“I believe the fans will lap up both bouts.”
The lightweight confrontation pits two ambitious prospects.
Hartlepool-trained Fox will go into the bout looking to bounce back from an eighth-round English championship stoppage defeat to another Sunderland boxer, Kirk Goodings at the Metro Radio Arena in March on the undercard of the Stuart Hall world title defence against Martin Ward.
It was his second loss on the spin after being outpointed by Scott Cardle in Glasgow last September.
Despite those set-backs, the 28-year-old crowd favourite, from Fishburn, is mixing in top domestic class and will fancy his chances at the Stadium of Light.
So too will Mould who lost his 100 per cent record last time out when challenging for his first pro belt.
The 24-year-old, who is trained by Mal Gates in South Shields, thought he had done enough to win the vacant British Masters Bronze title in Sheffield.
But referee Michael Alexander thought otherwise and scored the eight-rounder 76-76.
Both men will therefore have something to prove according to Jeffries.
“I’m over the moon with those two fights I’ve proposed,” Jeffries told SportMail. “I’m hoping derbies like this will help make it the best Rumble we’ve had.”
Jeffries, who will be co-hosting the show with Newcastle promoter, Steve Wraith, hopes tickets will be on sale by the end of the week.
Fox has already had his hands on the Northern Area lightweight belt after stopping Darlington’s Neil Hepper in five rounds at the Borough Hall in September 2012.