Advertisement
Advertisement

Tony Jeffries Hungry, Plans To Make a Bigger Impact

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

TONY JEFFRIES is so keen to see his career take off that he is living on the flight path of an airport.

The Sunderland fighter has spent more than £20,000 to get back on track and has based himself in the States to boost his chances.

The ‘Mighty Mackem’ has his second fight under new trainer Tommy Brooks at Doncaster Dome on September 3 against an opponent yet to be named.

And the super-middleweight, who has won eight and drawn one of his nine professional bouts, wants to start making a much bigger impact.

The 26-year-old is so determined, in fact, that he now lives in a converted garage on the approach to Santa Monica airport, where he trains under Brooks.

He is revelling under the tutelage of Brooks and his manager Frank Maloney said: “I am getting glowing reports about him from over there. He had a lengthy lay-off after an eye injury but now he is really fi t and I think we are going to see the best of him this year.”

That eye injury was sustained after a horrific clash of heads with Irishman Tommy Tolan last December and required surgery.

That was his fi rst fi ght under Brooks but gave little indication of what he has learned from the master trainer after a second-round KO.

Jeffries said: “That was a setback and I stayed out in LA ticking over. I cannot wait to get back in the ring again and fi ght.

“Being alone in America shows the sacrifi ces I am making to succeed. I love my own surroundings and having my family around me.

“But you have to make sacrifi ces to succeed and this is a short career compared to most, so I want to make the most of it.

“It is costing me an arm and a leg to be in America, but it’s an investment. If I am going to make it, my best chance is being out here with a world-class coach.

“It’s been costing me £2,000 a month and I have spent more than £20,000 so far on accommodation, car rentals and fl ights.”

But the Olympic bronze medallist believes it is all worthwhile and is delighted at the way in which Brooks has helped him.

He said: “Tommy is laid-back and I get on with him well. I have had respect for all my trainers, but I have so much respect for what he does.

“He doesn’t get involved in my personal life and doesn’t ask any questions about outside the ring. All he concentrates on is our two hours together each day in the gym.”

Tags: Tony Jeffries image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Marquez: Khan Can Win, But Canelo Can KO Him at Any Time Roman Gonzalez-McWilliams Arroyo Done For Golovkin-Wade Avtandil Khurtsidze, Giovanni Lorenzo Set For Broadway Boxing Vargas Predicts He'll Make Sadam Ali Quit; 'Not On My Level' Wlodarczyk Faces Brudov on 3/4, Shumenov in Play For April Abel Sanchez Not Viewing Andre Ward's Inactivity as Advantage Quigg Motivated By Fear of Losing as Frampton Bout Nears Khan: Mayweather, Pacquiao Would Be Easier Than Canelo! Ballisai Replaces Kevin Mitchell in Tatli EBU Title Fight on 3/18 Pungluang Sor Singyu Retains WBO Belt With Technical Nod Win Mayweather Stumped on Who Would Win Fury vs. Wilder Floyd Mayweather: Timing Was Not Right For Amir Khan Bout Roy Jones Jr. and Kevin Mitchell: A Tale of Two Retirements McWilliams Arroyo Creeps In, Eyed For Roman Gonzalez Bout Marquez Says There Have Been Talks For Miguel Cotto Bout Photos: Povetkin Getting Jacked, in Beast Mode For Deontay Wilder Estrada's Promoter Questions Chocolatito's Pound For Pound Rank Luis Ortiz Content With Random Testing To Prove He's Clean Bob Arum: I Don't Ever Want To Retire! Why Would I? Robert Garcia Hopes Brother Mikey is Back in First Half of 2016 Tarver's Suspension Upheld, Fined $50K For Positive PED Test Lucas Matthysse-Pablo Cesar Cano Showdown in Talks Bob Arum Continues To Be The Master of Salesmanship Pungluang Sor Singyu Defends WBO Belt Against Pabustan Luis Ortiz Hopes Activity Level Doesn't Slow Down Anytime Soon Chavez Jr. Training Hard For Possible Jack Bout, Says Garcia Lebedev Will Go With Ramirez Unification First, Then Mandatory Mike Tyson Returns For Round 2 at The MGM Grand Antonio Orozco-Miguel Acosta Set For 3/25 at Fantasy Springs David Haye Tells Joshua Not To Risk His '0' Before They Fight McGuigan Believes Frampton vs. Quigg is a Crossover Fight Flanagan-Mathews: Zolani Tete To Face Jose Santos Gonzalez Sullivan Barrera: My Goal is To Knock Andre Ward Out! Blackwell-Eubank Jr. Set For March 26 At Wembley Garcia: Canelo vs. Khan is Going To Be a Pretty Close Fight Ricky Hatton Discusses Several Emotional Topics on Life, Career Loeffler: We Expect Canelo To Defend Against Golovkin Video: Robert Garcia on Brandon Rios, Canelo-Khan, More Sauerland: Abraham Win Could Make Groves Bout Much Bigger Theophane: Mayweather Will Advise Me on How To Beat Broner
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement