Nottinghamshire Light Heavyweight Chad ‘2 Slick’ Sugden will get his first shot at a title next March after adding another decisive victory to his pro record in Corby on Friday 3 November.
Boxing in front of a sell-out crowd on the card of BAD BOYS at the Rockingham Forest Hotel, the Suggy’s Gym 23-year old made short work of the opposition, defeating Daniel Borisov from Sofia by a third round TKO.
Up against the normally very durable and capable Bulgarian, who is ranked third in his home country with six wins on his professional record, Chad put on a strong and dominant performance for the army of fans who travelled to the Longshots Sports show to cheer on their local hero.
The Nottingham-born boxer, who lives and trains in Newark, got off to a strong start but stayed calm and patient as he took the measure of his opponent.
After dominating the first round with some ferocious body punches and slick movement, Chad upped the pace in the second with a series of great combinations. Daniel tried to reply but every time he did so, Chad put his foot on the gas while keeping the same calm and patient approach.
Waiting for the bell to signal the start of round three, manager Dean Sugden called for Chad to finish off his combinations and add in a second phase attack. As the round began, Chad went on the hunt and Daniel was soon looking to hold to avoid some of the hurtful punches from the Newark man.
Focused and following the instructions from his corner, Chad landed a combination with a perfectly timed uppercut which dropped his opponent for an 8 count. Now in devastating form, Chad terrorised Daniel as he dropped him again with a lovely little step across his line, landing a right hand at the same time.
After a second 8 count, Daniel was soon down for the third time and, although the referee allowed the normally durable Bulgarian to continue, it was clear that the end was in sight.
Chad was having none of it as he calmly closed the distance, landing another calculated combination which dropped his opponent for the fourth and final time. This time the referee waved it off and the crowd went wild as they celebrated an emphatic win for the Suggy’s Gym boxer.
Speaking after the win, Chad commented: “I did what I had to do and what I said I would do; now everyone can expect more finishes from me as I continue to get better.
“A few days before the fight, I promised it wouldn’t be long before the fans who’ve supported me through the early days of my boxing career would reap the rewards of their loyalty. They are the best, they’re always the loudest and tonight, once again, I sold more tickets than any of the local boxers on the card.
“The promoter was obviously very happy and, as a thank you, we’re going to get a title opportunity next March. Although details of the fight have yet to be confirmed, one thing we’ve specifically asked for is that it is local.
“The 2 Slick army has travelled the length and breadth of the Midlands over the last two years. Now my thank you to all of them and to my sponsors is to give them the opportunity to see me make that title shot right on their doorstep at the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.”
“Chad has always stood out but in his last two fights he’s shown a killer instinct and is a scary proposition for anyone he now faces,” said his father, manager and head coach Dean. “Every win moves him further up the Light Heavyweight rankings, a weight he’s happy at, and when he’s in the ring it’s obvious that he’s really enjoying himself.
“The opportunity to spar with world class boxers such as Jamie Cox and Kell Brook in recent weeks has been priceless, helping Chad develop at a faster pace than most of his opponents. Now we’re ready to take things to the next level; there are a lot of options for the fight on Friday 2 March when we’ll be boxing over a longer distance and for that all-important first title.
“Although we’re not able to confirm yet which title Chad will be fighting for, we can’t wait and neither can his supporters – we’re going to fill the stadium at Grantham Meres and start 2018 with a bang.”
Pictures by Rick Wilks, Primal Pixels Photography, and Gary Orgles, Go Photography