My New gym – ‘The Finest Manchester’- we finally have our own base
Last month saw both my fighters Karl place and Terry flannigan notch up a win a piece on their unbeaten records.

Karl boxed on the Gavin Rees v John Watson undercard in Newport, Wales, but after some cock ups with opponents we were then told that we would have to fight Stephen Okine at late notice and give around 8 pounds away on the scales.

Karl Place
This was the first time Karl was set to do a day before weigh in – and was going to comfortably make 10 stone. Once we knew we had to give weight away it was a waste of time and I told Karl to put a bit back on.

When we got to Newport Karl weighed in at 10 stone 2 and okine weighed about 11.7 I think his trainer new he was going to be this heavy so they brought another lad Theophilus Tetteh from their gym and weighed him in as an opponent for Karl.
He also weighed in heavy at around 11 stone. I left the venue with the match makers thinking that Karl was going to box Tetteh but I went back to the hotel to have a think about the match and decided to knock it back.

I knew nothing about him the weight was wrong and it wasn’t the right opponent for so many reasons. If Karl would of beat him people would of said, ” yeah he should of”. But if something would of gone wrong it would of been bad judgement on my half. Sometimes it takes balls to say no to a match especially on the final hour when you have nobody else but this was the right thing to do.

I contacted our manager and told him, but he didn’t give up on getting Karl a fight, and was busy ringing round the journey men. Billy smith saved the day and turned upon extra short notice, Smith would only do 4 x 3 but you can’t really blame him for that.
On the Pads with Terry Flannigan
I was beginning to think that the Newport trip wasn’t meant to be, especially when Karl was set to come out his bout and the Sky TV generator broke down and we got delayed for another hour.

This took the edge of Karl but he still put on a professional performance for his traveling fans who have got to be the noisiest lot in Britain. There may not be hundreds of them but they’ve got some traps on em.
Karl won every round in a relaxed performance and Smith hung on well to see the final bell.
He is now 10-0, and will be out again boxing at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on Saturday 18th December.
The New Gym
Terry boxed at the George Carnell centre in Salford. Terry boxed Dougie Curran who again was a late notice opponent after Chris Riley of the north east pulled out due to personal reasons.

Curran would only do 6 x 2 which felt like a step backwards for us as it was supposed to be the second time Terry was going to do 6 x 3s and again the opposition wouldn’t agree to it. Curran had only boxed decent people and had a winning record, with only losses coming from a slight margin.

He boxed two weeks before this fight against the highly rated Samir Mouneimne and only got beaten by a point on mouneimne home show. This proves Terry’s ability as he comfortably won every round although Curran was always competitive he was being hurt throughout.
If it would have been three minutes Terry would have got him out of there. After the fight Terry thought he could have boxed better and I kind of agree there is always room for improvement in any performance.

Ian Nappa will be a big step up for Terry
The good thing is Terry has now proven he is ready for the step up in class and it’s something he and I has wanted for a couple of fights now.
He is scheduled to box Ian Nappa on the 22nd January so the step up is here soon and terry will get his time to shine.

At last my new gym is open and it already feels like home. I have named it the finest and hope it will live up to its name.We’ve broke it in with some good hard sessions.

I’m also on the look out to add to my stable now I have my base and would ideally like to take someone from the amateurs who’s ready to turn pro like I did with Karl and Terry.

Again I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the gym.
Sheridan lifts, Sheridan computers, Bagnalls, Crumpsall builders, Rochdale glass, p.u.b.signs and a special thanks to Anthony Sheridan jnr and senior. 
By Stephen Maylett

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