IT is full steam ahead at a Chorley gym as two of their boxers count down until their first bouts of 2017.
WBA International Middleweight title holder Jack Arnfield and Mark Jeffers will be flying the flag for Jennings Gym on Saturday night at the Guild Hall in Preston.
Arnfield’s bout with Mick Hall is a grudge match and will be televised on ITV4 and it is just under two years since the pair met.
Trainer Michael Jennings said: “Jack and Mick boxed in the Prizefighter series.
“Jack won but some people were saying it was a controversial decision as people through Mick had won.
“We are hoping that Jack has moved on from that and be able to put the fight to bed.
“But you can never look past your next fight in this game.
“It is easy to do but you are only fooling yourself if you start to think about fights your next one.
“I have done it myself during my career and I have learned from my mistakes.
“We have a good team and we are keeping their feet on the ground.”
The 27-year-old took some time out of training with show off his WBA belt with other boxers at the gym before he defends the belt against Hall.
Also in action will be Eccleston’s Jeffers who is looking to make it four wins out of four when he takes on Anthony Fox in a four-round fight.
Jennings said: “He is a really good professional and is only 18.
“He is going to have a bright future and is an exciting talent.
“We think he could be one to watch if he keeps progressing.
“He is so grounded and really down to earth.
“There is no big-headedness with him and is working so hard in the gym.”
Jennings admits the preparations have been going well.
He said: “They are both great lads and are 100 per cent dedicated in their camps.
“They are so professional and will be wanting to have a good start to the year.”
Jennings admits it is not only the boxers who are developing.
“You are always looking to get better and that includes me and Dave (Jennings) as coaches.
“We have to look at different techniques and come up with plans on how to beat opponents.
“A lot of work goes into it and me and Dave are never out of the gym but we do it because we love it especially helping the boxers to win.”
It is a busy time at the gym as Matty Askin is getting ready for his showdown with Craig Kennedy for the English Cruiserweight title in March .
Scott Fitzgerald will be involved in a fight at the Preston Guild Hall which has been billed as a homecoming for the Preston boxer.
Jennings said: “The boxers are working really hard at the minute.”