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Tony Jeffries takes a step up in class on Friday night, but believes he is in the best shape of his life, and has worked harder than ever for his fight with former world title challenger Nathan King.
The Sunderland super-middleweight is ready for his first fight of 2010 after being out of the ring since last December, after suffering a couple of minor injuries.
Jeffries hopes to take another step up the professional ladder when he takes on the tough Welshman King, in Coventry and hopes for an England win on St George’s Day.
“I feel as fit as a fiddle. I’ve had the hardest sparring I’ve ever done since turning pro, he told the Sunderland Echo.
“Going in with the world champion at my weight, Carl Froch, has been a great experience in the last few weeks and I just want to get into the ring.
“This fight’s definitely a step up for me because Nathan King has experience at the top level and always comes to win.
“He’s a proud fighter and isn’t a journeyman who just comes to collect his dough. He usually goes the distance, so I’ve made sure I’m fit enough to last it, and a bit more.”
Jeffries, 25, should have taken on King in February but had to withdraw with a hand injury, which is now cleared up.
And he showed everyone that he is hitting hard again during an open training at his Olympian Gym in Ryhope, going 10 rounds on the pads with trainer Bobby Rimmer.
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“That was the longest I’ve ever done and I was goosed at the end of it, but it has made me confident about my fitness,” he said.
“I’ve been training hard since the turn of the year and eating well.
“I never used to drink alcohol very much anyway, but I’ve cut that out completely this year.
“I think you’ve got to make sacrifices in your life if you want to do well in the pro game and I’m prepared to do that.
“Mind you, I’m looking forward to having one or two little treats once this fight’s over with.”
Jeffries-King will be screened live on Sky Sports 1 and 1HD on Friday from 9pm.
The main event is Leicester binman Rendall Munroe‘s WBC super-bantamweight title eliminator against Mexico’s Victor Terrazas, who arrived in England yesterday after a marathon journey caused by the closure of UK airports.