After a short retirement from the sport, promoter Phil Jeffries returns with a bang in 2015 with a huge card at the Rainton Meadows Arena on March 8.
After keeping the pro scene afloat over recent times, but jaded with boxing politics, Jeffries (pictured) gave notice last year that he was walking away from the game.
Date of birth: 07/02/1990
Age you first started boxing: “I started at 17.”
Which amateur club did you box for: “I was at Hylton Castle ABC.”
What was your amateur record: “I had 58 and won 32.”
What were your amateur achievements: “I reached the National Novice Final and won area belts at 64kgs and 67kgs.”
When did you turn pro: “I turned pro in May 2012 and outponted Ibrar Riyaz.”
Are you a full time pro? If not – what’s your current Job outside of boxing: “Yes, I’m a full time professional.”
Who are/were your boxing heroes – and why: “Ricky Hatton because of his body punching and the way he used to always entertain the crowd and never give up.”
Who’s your favourite North East boxer (past or present): “Billy Hardy. We boxed for the same amateur club, he achieved so much and was a very under-rated fighter for what he achieved in the sport.”
When you’ve finally hung up your gloves – what do you want to have achieved in boxing: “I would like to win an area title then hopefully move on to better things. I want to give it my best shot and just see how far I can go and see what I can achieve. I have a good team around me, I just need to get the opportunities at the right time.”