West Bromwich prospect, Tom Stokes, feels like he has never been away as he continues his comeback from an 18-month ring absence.
The 20-year-old middleweight spent a year and a half away from the sport due to work commitments but returned with a one-sided win over Kieron Gray in October.
He returns to action on Hatton Promotions & Black Country Boxing’s 5th December ‘Jingle Brawls’ show at Walsall Town Hall and is keen to pick up where he left off.
“I’m back in the swing of things,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “Training’s going well and I’m trying to stay ‘on it’ between fights and not go mad with my eating and stuff. I just want to keep training and working hard. I only had a week or so off from the gym after my last fight and that’s the way forward.”
Stokes (4-0) added: “It felt like I’d never been away when I came back. I felt good and it was an easy win for me.”
The youngster is grateful to manager Errol Johnson for giving him a fight just before the festive season.
“It’s definitely nicer to have a fight just before Christmas rather than just after,” he admitted. “It means I can relax a bit over Christmas before getting back down to work in the New Year.”
Anthony Upton – one third of the Upton Clan – challenges champion, Joe Hughes, for the English Super Lightweight Title at the top of the bill. The fight is also a British Title Eliminator.
Fellow Ricky Hatton trained prospects, Wednesbury welterweight, Sam Evans, and Market Harborough welterweight, Reuben Arrowsmith, are also back in action.
West Bromwich duo – light middleweight, Tom Stokes, and super featherweight, Jack Summers – and unbeaten quartet – Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, Birmingham middleweight, Luke Walker, Ludlow light middleweight, Craig Morris, and stoke light welterweight, Kieron McLaren, complete the card.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party and weigh-in will take place at Makoto Bar, Bridge Street, Walsall.