Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Jeffries Jets Off to Portugal

TONY JEFFRIES will whip himself into shape for his next fight in the sunnier climbs of Portugal. The Olympic bronze medallist jets off to the Algarve today with fellow Sunderland fighter Dave Ferguson and Blackpool's unbeaten light-middleweight Brian Rose. Jeffries, 24, and his FTM stablemates will spend a week working on his fitness where his programme will include gruelling mountain runs. The trio will be accompanied by Maloney who has taken several fighters in the past for fitness training including former British champions Tony Oakey and Carl Johanneson
Maloney explained: "This is a strategy I picked up when I managed Lennox Lewis. "For many of his big fights, Lennox would go to camp two weeks before most of his team and work on fitness and do very little boxing training. "It is based on getting to the right fitness levels before you start the serious training and sparring in the gym. "The running the boys will be doing is high up in the mountains and they will all benefit from this before returning home. "It is hard work and I reckon they will hate me at the end of it. It worked for Carl and Tony, as they won big title clashes soon after." 'The Might Mackem' who last month trained alongside Floyd Mayweather Jnr in Las Vegas last month bids for his fourth straight win when he boxes in his home city at the Seaburn Centre on October 16. Heavyweight Ferguson (9-2) who recently signed a promotional deal with Maloney appears on the same bill. Rose, 24, (13-0-1) bids to extend his excellent record at Bolton Arena on October 23 on the undercard of Jamie Moore's European light-middleweight title defence against Ryan Rhodes. Tickets for both shows are available from www.frankmaloney.com and 0871 226 1508. Tickets for Sunderland only can also be purchased from Phil Jeffries on 0191 564 0202.


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