23 November 2010
Frank Maloney has jetted off to Los Angeles to see the progress of Tony Jeffries under new trainer Tommy Brooks.
The Olympic bronze medallist has been in California for almost five weeks training under the big name American. Jeffries, 25, moved away from his hometown Sunderland following his draw with Michael Banbula in July and amicably split with trainer Bobby Rimmer.
The Olympic bronze medallist (7-0-1) returns to action at Kings Hall, Belfast on Wednesday, December 15 in a six round light-heavyweight fight. Maloney who is spending a week at Jaffas training camp says the fighter has already proven himself to be a winner by leaving his fiance, Sarah Kneeshaw and family.
He said: When Tony decided to hook up with Tommy all the critics said he would be home within five minutes because he will miss the north-east.
” dont doubt for a minute that Tony is missing home. He has been away from his family and even missed Sunderland home games.
It tells me just how much he wants to be a winner and become a major professional champion. In Britain we dismiss anybody who loses once and some of the stick he took after the Banbula fight particularly on websites wasnt constructive.
Bobby Rimmer did a good job with Tony, but the sparring he is getting in America is the very best and Tommy is a brilliant coach.
In the main event local idol Martin Lindsay (17-0) defends his British featherweight title against Greenocks John Simpson (21-7).
A second title fight sees Oldham based Mongolian Shinny Bayaar risk his British flyweight title against Liverpool hopeful Paul Edwards (7-0).
Tickets for Maloneys spectacular show which will be televised by Sky Sports are available priced 25, 35 and 55 from www.frankmaloney.com and 0871 226 1508. To enter irish-boxing.com’s ticket competition follow the link on our homepage.