Tony Aitcheson

Dewsbury’s Tony Aitcheson is hoping for redemption on his
ring return, when he appears on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s English
title defence against Jamie Speight at Leeds Town Hall on March 22.
Unbeaten in 16 amateur bouts and with a winning pro debut
behind him, Aitcheson was forced to take a sabbatical from the ring in 2009 at
Her Majesty’s pleasure, after being convicted of assault.

With those troubles firmly behind him, the 23-year-old is now
looking to resume his fighting career and show he can still fulfil the
potential that once saw him being compared to his celebrated stable-mate,
former British super-featherweight champion, Gary Sykes.
“Everything’s better now; my boxing’s better, and I’ve grown
up,” stated Tony.  “I’ve made mistakes in
the past and I’ve learned from them.  Everything
feels right now and nothing’s holding me back.
“I’ve been back in the gym for about a year.  I’ve been training, keeping myself fit and just
waiting for good news about having my licence returned.  Training [for this upcoming fight] has been
going tremendous.  I’ve just done my last
spar this morning and I’m looking sharp and ready.”
Along with headliner Warrington, Aitcheson makes up a duo of
Yorkshire fighters appearing on the Leeds Town Hall bill.  Looking like a sell-out, Tony, who doubles as
a scaffolder, is delighted to be resurrecting his career on such a high-profile
card and is determined to put on a show for his patient fans.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere,” enthused welterweight
Aitcheson.  “We’ve done tremendous with the
tickets and it’s going to be a full house. 
It’s just like boxing at home for me. 
My first fight was in Bolton, but you want to be fighting in front of
your own fans, that’s what makes this all the better.
“I’m very excited and can’t wait to get back.  I’m just looking forward to getting in there
and taking someone’s head off!”
Training alongside Sykes has proved inspirational for the
former Cleckheaton Boxing Academy star. 
With Gary preparing for a March 15 English title shot, the pair have
regularly moved around and big-punching Tony is convinced he can, one day, follow
in the footsteps of his talented sparring partner.
“He’s a couple of weight divisions below me so we do technical
sparring, which is great when you’re sparring with a champion like Gary.  Seeing him win titles, it makes you want to
be a champion too.
“I can mix it up.  I
can fight but have got good skills and footwork.  Whatever I need to do to win I can do, I always
find a way.  At the end of my career I
want to be a world champion.  That’s my
goal; that’s my dream, and I believe I’ve got the skills and tools to do it.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Tony back in the
ring,” stated VIP Promotions’ head, Steve Wood. 
“He’s obviously had a long time out but hopefully he’ll be better for
it.  Big things were expected of him
before, and this show is a fantastic chance for him to show what he’s all
VIP Promotions presents Josh
defending his English featherweight title against Devon’s Jamie Speight at Leeds Town Hall on
March 22.  The undercard for the show
includes Dewsbury’s Tony Aitcheson;
Liverpool’s Nathan Brough and Tommy Carus; Ashton under Lyne’s Jon Kays; Oldham’s Alex Rutter, and Dudley’s Ryan
Tickets, priced at
£30 (General), £40 (Stage) and £60 (Ringside) are available from all boxers or
Keep updated on VIP
Promotions’ news by visiting or follow on Twitter @vipboxing, and on Facebook.  Currently, you can also watch free fights at and on the VIP YouTube channel.

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