AS he prepares for his next bout in the ring, Tony Jeffries gave fans an insight into his tough training regime.
The boxer hosted an open workout session at his gym, the Olympian, in Ryhope, to show people what goes into being a lean, mean fighting machine.
Tony, from Silksworth, who shot to fame after winning a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics, was also watched by world-renowned coach Tommy Brooks, who has flown in from LA for Tony’s fight tomorrow.
The boxer has been training Stateside with Tommy – who has coached more than 25 world champions including Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield – for the past few months.
Scores flocked to the open workout which included pad and bag work, shadow boxing and skipping, to get a glimpse of the local hero in action.
Tony said: “All the hard work has been done in the training camp in LA. I can’t get any fitter now.
“It’s a case of keeping sharp, wrapping myself in cotton wool, and making sure I don’t get any infections.
“The support I have here, even though I train in America, is brilliant. There was a really good turnout at the workout. I’m just gutted I didn’t get a chance to speak to everybody.”
He added: “This is the first time Tommy has been in the North East and I’ve been pointing out all the local landmarks on the way to the gym. He seems impressed with the place.”
Tony’s next bout will take place at the Doncaster Dome against Paul Morby. He was originally due to fight former British champion Tony Quigley, who had to pull out through injury.
He said: “I can’t wait to get in there and get my career back going. It seems ages since I last fought and I’m hoping to have another fight soon after this one.”
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