Bill-topper Sumner meets an old foe

MANY of Guernsey’s big guns will be in action against strong UK opposition as February Fury returns to Beau Sejour this Saturday.

Ready for a re-match: Chris Sumner ducks a punch from James Thompson who he fights again this weekend. (Picture By Peter Frankland, 27197099)
Ready for a re-match: Chris Sumner ducks a punch from James Thompson who he fights again this weekend. (Picture By Peter Frankland, 27197099)

Chris Sumner will relish competing at the top of the bill, having missed his big chance at last month’s Dinner Boxing due to not being able to find a suitable opponent, as fellow star Billy Le Poullain again finds himself sidelined by injury.

Sumner is set for a light-welterweight reunion against the experienced James Thompson, having set the standard by beating the RAF fighter at last year’s Oktober Slugfest, with both men now targeting next month’s National Championships.

Two others looking to make an impact are ‘big boys’ Dan Maree and Oblie Botchway.

The duo of adopted Guernseymen made a positive impression in their time here, though both suffered defeat at the equivalent meet last year. Maree’s next challenge is against George Westpfel at super-heavyweight and Botchway faces Mohammed Shahib at heavyweight.

Mason Smale is another exciting prospect and last October edged the split decision in a fiery battle. He now takes on Keiran Bailey at welterweight.

Of the up-and-coming fighters, Tom Teers has been an impressive figure and will be looking to build upon his narrow victory at the most recent St Pierre Park show, this time stepping up to bantamweight against Alfie Scott.

Light-welterweight Marcus Magloire will compete in only his third competitive bout and Russ Gogercaks and Rob Brehaut complete the blue corner in the senior side of the bill which totals 20 contests.

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