Exclusive: Michael Jennings updates on Matty Askin surgery, amateur stable
Former world title challenger turned coach Michael Jennings has updated WBN on his current crop of fighters.
Speaking exclusively, Jennings stated the amateur side of his work had taken priority over the paid code for the moment.
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“I’m more busy with them at the minute. But we’ve got Mark Jeffers who’s professional and fighting on the 8th December VIP show at Bolton. He’s the next one, but it’s only in a six rounder,” Jennings told World Boxing News.
Elaborating on his young prospect, Jennings spoke highly of the 8-0 twenty-year-old.
“He’s the next one and he’s a good kid actually. He’s dedicated and in the gym every day. We’ve got to take him off sometimes because he never stops.”
Cruiserweight Matty Askin lost his British title on points against Lawrence Okolie last time out and Jennings outlined an injury suffered during the fight had been addressed.
“Matty Askin’s back in the gym. He’s had shoulder surgery, he’s obviously been waiting on that and it’s good he’s on the road back.
Having a big surge of youngsters joining his gym as amateurs, Jennings is sharing his time having to switch between the two. The ex-Miguel Cotto opponent has found a nice balance.
“It’s always been 50/50 and there’s a huge push in the gym. S we all get stuck in whether we need to work with the pros sparring. Then we take the pros out and we’re fully on it and live for it.
“We’re full on in boxing at the minute, it’s non stop.”
Jennings concluded: “The amateurs are doing really well, we’ve got some really good kids coming through.
“In fact, one of them was on England trials last weekend so hopefully he gets to box Internationally.”
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller