It’s been more than three years since Newark pro kickboxer Bailey Sugden last stepped in to the ring in the UK, fighting on GLORY 54 in Birmingham in June 2018…
And right now, with just two weeks to go, the Suggy’s Gym 23-year old is ripped and ready to come back with a bang when he goes head-to-head with Andy Turland at The Indigo at The O2 on MTGP‘s Kickboxing Grand Prix on Saturday 9 October!
The British Bulldog has been number one at 65kg in the UK for three and a half years and although his Bournemouth-based opponent, ranked number two at 63.5kg, has been calling him out for some time, Bailey’s manager and coach Dean Sugden says he’s not worried about Andy’s threat.
“Both of them will be coming to fight so something has to give,” said Dean. “But Bailey’s looking strong and technically he’s as good as he’s ever been – if he’s at the best of his game on the night, this one won’t go the distance.
“Despite some inactivity recently, he’s picked up his training over the last few weeks and in preparation for next month’s clash has been sparring with Super Lightweight Muay Thai champion Nathan Bendon, who’s done boxing, K-1 and Muay Thai and in the future could well be an opponent for Bailey.
“Bailey’s been flying all over the world fighting on GLORY and is still signed to them. But while GLORY is reorganising after Covid-19, this seemed the perfect opportunity to get involved with MTGP, after the recent announcement of a deal with One Championship, the UFC of Asia. They are the feeder show, which gives an idea and a feel of how big an opportunity this is.”
And it’s not just Bailey who’s chomping at the bit to get back out there – his fans from Newark and beyond can’t wait to make the trip to London to see him in action on home turf again after so long.
“The minute we broke the news about the fight, our allocation of tickets for the show started flying off the shelf and we’re all looking forward to being there to cheer on The British Bulldog as he walks out into the ring to do what he does best!” added Dean.
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