Craig Richards still set for British title fight despite draw against late sub Chad Sugden

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Craig Richards is still set to fight Shakan Pitters for the vacant British light-heavyweight title despite being held to a draw by Chad Sugden on Thursday night at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.

The Croydon fighter’s scrap was entertaining as both men traded freely.

Referee Lee Cook scored the contest 77-77.

JD NXTGEN Craig Richards vs Chad Sugden
Light-Heavyweight Contest, York Hall, 19 December 2019
JD NXTGEN Craig Richards vs Chad Sugden
Light-Heavyweight Contest, York Hall, 19 December 2019

Sugden had major swelling around both eyes but showed an appetite for battle and Richards was caught too cleanly at times. The South Londoner was clearly unhappy as the verdict was announced and both mens’ arms raised.

His opponent, from Nottingham, seemed far more content at the outcome and talked about a rematch.

Richards (15-1-1) is expected to fight Birmingham’s Pitters (13-0) next for the domestic strap.

Richards said: “Even he [Sugden] said I won. Everyone else could see I won clearly. He’s had over 200 kickboxing fights and he gave it a go.”

JD NXTGEN Craig Richards vs Chad Sugden
Light-Heavyweight Contest, York Hall, 19 December 2019
JD NXTGEN Craig Richards vs Chad Sugden
Light-Heavyweight Contest, York Hall, 19 December 2019

Sugden said: “It was a close fight, especially with me coming in at a week’s notice. On a Matchroom show I thought he might have edged it [because they promote Richards]. I think I nicked some close rounds.

“He is the toughest guy I’ve faced. I’d love to do it again – I’ll have a full [training] camp. It was probably the best fight of the night.”

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One thought on “Craig Richards still set for British title fight despite draw against late sub Chad Sugden

  • 22nd December 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    Just to put something correct Sudgen was due to fight on the Saturday 21st and had 8 week training camp
    Both fighters were notified a week before that would be boxing each other on the 19th at York Hall

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