Darren Surtees will be looking to prove he is the ‘best in the North’ when he faces Ross Jameson for the Northern Area light-welterweight title at Rainton Meadows Arena next week.
The 22-year-old will be looking to secure his seventh win and continue his perfect start to professional boxing on Friday, May 26.
He said: “I have had a couple of hard fights and a couple of fights that haven’t looked as hard, but I’m over the moon the way I am going at the minute.”
Not only is the upcoming bout undoubtedly Surtees’ biggest yet, it even has the feel of a derby as the Thornley-born boxer’s opponent comes from Middlesbrough.
Surtees goes into the match as a strong favourite with his opponent, Jameson, currently holding a pro record of two wins, nine losses and a draw.
However, he believes it won’t be an easy fight against Jameson.
He said: “Some people just look at it and think he’s a journeyman or they are like ‘he’s been beat more times he’s won’, but, for me, it doesn’t matter. I know how tough he is, I’ve studied him and I prepare the same for everyone.”
Although Surtees’ record is still perfect, he knows that Jameson has a lot more experience and is going to give his all in what will be his last chance to win the belt.
He said: “He is a good, tough lad and he’s coming here to win the title. It is his last chance so he is going to be dangerous.
“When I hadn’t even started boxing, he was boxing at championship level and I respect anyone I get in with, but we have prepared for it really well.”
Surtees will be headlining the bill, put together by promoter Phil Jeffries, at Rainton Meadows in Houghton-le-Spring, a venue he is extremely fond of.
He said: “It’s brilliant, it’s home, it feels good. But I don’t want to feel too comfortable boxing at home.”
Surtees wants to move up in class after this bout but equally wants to make sure he puts on a strong and solid performance next Friday.
He added: “I want to be stepping up and stepping on after the fight, but I’m not looking past this one.
“I’m going to fight like its my last fight and I want to show everyone, I am the best in the North.”
Other notable boxers on the card include local boys Warren Baister and Isaac Macleod. Tickets are still available for the event and can be purchased at the door on the night.