TONY Jeffries faces former British champion and amateur stablemate Tony Quigley in his comeback fight on September 3.
It will be the Sunderland super-middleweight’s first contest of 2011 and, on paper, looks a tough one.
Jeffries said: “It’s the hardest fight since I turned pro but I feel ready for it.
“I’ve been away too long and I’m desperate to get back in the ring and back in the mix.
“I’ve learned a hell of a lot in the last few months. I feel like a new fighter.”
Jeffries, 26, has continued to work in Los Angeles with Tommy Brooks as he has come back from plastic surgery on the eye injury he suffered in his last contest in December 2010.
The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist had stitches in a depp cut over his left eye immediately after knocking out Tommy Tolan in Belfast, but the wound reopened in training and he needed specialist treatment.
“As everyone knows, I thought I would be fighting in July but it didn’t happen,” said Jeffries. “I’m jumping out of my skin now.
“Tony willl be ready and up for it. He’s been given 10 weeks’ notice of the fight so he’ll be prepared.”
Liverpudlian Quigley is also 26 and won the vacant British super-middleweight crown in an epic 12-round battle with Tony Dodson in March 2009, only to lose his title on a split decision against Paul Smith the following October.
Jeffries said: “I know Tony really well. He’s a great lad and we’ve known each other since we were amateurs.
“We’ll be mates after the fight, but it will be serious business in the ring because this is a big fight for both of us.”
Jeffries’ comeback is in Doncaster. Fellow Sunderland fighter Glen Foot will also be on promoter Frank Maloney’s Sky-televised bill.
Tickets priced £35 are available from Phil Jeffries by calling 0191 564 0202. Phil will also be running a coach to Doncaster – call him for details.