LOCAL boxers will take centre stage on a major fight night this month.
North-East fight figure Phil Jeffries is promoting a double championship spectacular at Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday, October 19.
Hartlepool-based talent Martin Ward headlines the show when he challenges for the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title against Africa’s Gabriel Laryea.
And there is a massive Sunderland v Middlesbrough derby for the vacant English lightweight belt when Kirk Goodings faces Boro’s former Commonwealth champ Paul Truscott.
But Jeffries feels he has got a “cracking undercard” which features three of this area’s newest and brightest boxing prospects – Mick Hadfield, Anth Hardy and Paul Archer.
Former World Cadet Championship silver medallist Hadfield will be making his second pro appearance on the show.
Hadfield made a superb debut at the Summer Rumble in July, beating Latvia’s Pavels Senkovs at the Stadium of Light.
The Tim Coulter-trained former Headland ABC hero does not have an oponent yet at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
But Jeffries said: “I’m really excited about Mick Hadfield.
“I watched his last amateur bout and his first professional fight and he’s impressed me as much as anyone has over the last few years.
“He beat my former Olympian in Sunderland earlier this year and I was thrilled when he joined our set-up.
“His pro debut at the Summer Rumble is probably the best I’ve seen.”
Hardy also made a winning debut at the Stadium of Light.
The latest southpaw to join the Gus Robinson Developments camp outpointed Matt Seawright at the Sunderland ground.
Horden star Hardy rocked his experience opponent but had to settle for a 39-37 result and will be looking to build on that display.
Former Gus Robinson Developments ABC boxer and near-neighbour Paul Archer makes a welcome return to pro action on the bill.
The 22-year-old from Grants Houses has not boxed since winning at the Houghton venue in February, since when he has split from coach David Binns.
Now trained by brother Ian, Paul will be searching for his eighth straight win on October 19.
“It’s nice to have Paul back in the ring,” said Jeffries.