Sugden comes from a fighting family. His father Dean was a champion kickboxer in his day and his brothers Chad and Regis are both professional fighters.
Chad was a successful amateur boxer turned kickboxer and has now returned to boxing as a professional. Regis competes in Mixed Martial Arts; both are older than Bailey.
“My father is a massive influence on me, obviously. I was about six years old when he won his world title and I remember getting in the ring after he got his belt and I was stood there shadowboxing,” laughs Bailey.
“I think that moment, being part of that, gave me the bug.”
“I started training at the age of five and from the age of ten I was taking competition seriously.
“Having my father and older brothers as fighters themselves helped me a lot and sparring with my two brothers is great. They are my hardest training partners by far.”
Championship titles are things that none of the brothers are strangers to, having met with success after success in their chosen fields.
Even Bailey, the youngest of the three, has held numerous titles, though he says that in kickboxing the GLORY title is “the only one that really matters to me”.
He debuted at GLORY 43 NEW YORK and had a great showing against Arthur Sorsor, showcasing some really nice boxing skills. He followed that up with a win over China’s Chenglong Zhang at GLORY 49 ROTTERDAM before running into top prospect Zakaria Zougarry at GLORY 51 LOS ANGELES and losing a decision.
At GLORY 54 BIRMINGHAM he will face Siberia’s Alexei Ulianov. The Russian featherweight is a team mate and training partner of Artem Vakhitov, the GLORY light-heavyweight champion.