Bah humbug! Christmas in the gym for boxers

PUBLISHED: 11:49 15 December 2011

Tony Conquest will be spending Christmas this year in the gym

Tony Conquest will be spending Christmas this year in the gym


While you are enjoying the excesses of the festive season ahead, you might spare a thought for the fighting men who will be training hard, and turning down those tempting Christmas treats as they prepare for important contests taking place before the new year is two weeks old.

They are the boxers who are appearing on the Queensbury Promotions show at York Hall on January 13, headed by the clash between local rivals Leon Williams and Tony Conquest for the British cruiserweight title.

Conquest, unbeaten as a pro and fighting for the British title in only his ninth paid bout accepts the ‘Christmas in the gym,’ preparations for the most important fight of his career.

“We have a big training camp over Christmas, but it will all be worth it to come out with the tag of undefeated British cruiserweight champion,” said ‘The Conqueror’.

Training alongside Conquest at the Essex gym of trainer Jason Rowland will be ABA middleweight champion John Dignum who is making his pro debut on the York Hall bill.

Hard-hitting welterweight John Wayne Hibbert, with just one defeat in his eight pro contests, also gets his next bout on the show staged by George and Francis Warren.

■ Meanwhile British title-holder Williams prepares to make his first defence of the belt at his usual training venue, the TKO Gym in Canning Town, where his title rival Conquest formerly trained.

Improving featherweight George Jupp and new pro Charlie Hoy who reached the ABA finals during his campaign as a Repton amateur earlier this year, are also based at the busy Canning Town gym and box on the show.

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