BOXING’S newest promoter Mark Clauzel is ambitious to bring more titles to the region.
Clauzel and business associate, Steve Oliver, formed Ringstar Promotions and their debut event was highlighted by Martin Ward’s Commonwealth bantamweight championship victory against Africa’s Gabriel Laryea.
The 30-year-old sees Ward as his first champion with more to follow next year, possibly including unbeaten Hartlepool prospect Peter Cope, who won on the undercard at the Newcastle Centre for Sport.
Still young and gifted enough to be boxing himself, a failed brain scan will keep Clauzel out of the ring.
That inspired him into taking a different route in the sport and into promoting and Saturday’s success he insists will just be for starters.
“You are not normally allowed to do a title on your first show but we had special permission from the British Boxing Board of Control to go ahead with it,” Clauzel said.
“I’m over the moon with how it’s gone.
“We are starting as we mean to go on and putting on titles.
“We want our boxers in the North-East winning things.
“My goal, my job is to make the North-East a hotbed of boxing.
“You hear now about your Londons, Liverpools, Manchesters and, yes, they are oozing talent.
“So are we up here but I’m not sure we are being taken seriously.
“We already have a British champion in Jon Lewis Dickinson and Kirk Goodings has just won the English belt and Stuey Hall is fighting for the world title this month.
“Martin has now won the Commonwealth title on our show.
“Hopefully we’ll see a point when we have 10 or 12 champions up here.”