Two of the North East’s most promising boxers prepare for fights in soaring temperatures at the University of Sunderland.

Super-lightweight Darren Surtees, 24, along with Commonwealth title holder Glenn Foot, 30, both sweated it out in the University’s pioneering heat chamber.

The chamber, housed in the University’s multimillion pound Sciences Complex, is designed to give elite athletes a unique training experience by exposure to extreme temperatures.


Darren, from Durham, who captured the super-lightweight Northern Area title during his seventh fight, is now preparing to battle it out with Kane Baker in Saudi Arabia on Friday, September 28.

The Northern Area light-welterweight champion will be fighting at the World Boxing Super Series final in Jeddah. He will be on the bill for the fight between George Groves and Callum Smith in the WBSS super-middleweight showpiece.

In preparation for the high temperatures in the Saudi port city, Darren has been acclimatising to the heat in the University’s climatic chamber as part of his training.

Darren: “The chamber recreates the conditions that I’ll be fighting in and it’s been helpful in getting me used to higher temperatures. It’s hard work but it’s necessary for when you’re fighting somewhere like Jeddah.”


Sunderland’s Glenn Foot, was also in the climatic chamber in preparation for his fight against Robbie Davies Jnr at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on October 13.

Glenn: “Unlike Darren, I’m not fighting in extreme temperatures but the climatic chamber has been brilliant in giving me the edge to my training that I need.

“You work harder, you sweat more and it takes a lot out of you, it just adds another dimension to the work you’re doing.”

Supporting the boxers has been University of Sunderland graduate Aimee Appleby, a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who runs Reforn-2-Perform clinic in Seaham.

Aimee, who studied Sports Science at the University between 2004 and 2007, said: “I work with the boxers on all areas, but particularly on their lumbar control and lumbar range of motion.

“The training they are doing here at the University is important in ensuring they are ready for the conditions they will face.”

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