CHORLEY’S Michael Jennings insists Jennings Gym is reaching the dizzy heights of his fighting career....at the top.

Jennings took on some of the world’s best boxers including a bout at Madison Square Garden to face Miguel Angel Cotto for the WBO welterweight title in 2009.

But now after hanging up his gloves and taking a role along with his brother Dave outside the ring, he is starting to see the rewards of helping other fighters to success.

Matty Askin. pictured, is training for a showdown with Craig Kennedy for the British Cruiserweight title on March 11 while Jack Arnfield is the WBA international middleweight title holder.

Jennings is over the moon about the gym’s success.

He said:“From coming through the amateur ranks to becoming a professional I have wanted to be at the top.

“I want to stay there as a coach too and Dave and I have been working very hard to help the boxers reach the top.”

During his boxing career the self-styled Chorley Lurcher was very proud of his roots and he admits it is great for Jennings Gym to provide opportunities for local boxers.

He said: “It is great because we can offer them to train from amateurs right up to the professional ranks.

“We have a lot of other boxers wanting to come into the gym to spar but we also send them out.

“There are quite a few kids coming through and we have high hopes for them.”

It is full-steam ahead for the coaching team as Askin prepares for his March 11 battle while Scott Fitzgerald will be in action at Preston Guild Hall on the same night.

Jennings said: “Me and Dave are going to be helping Matty for the show which will be on Channel Five but Scott’s dad will be in his corner and he has been there helping him when he was in the amateur ranks.”

Jack Arnfield will take on Brian Rose on the undercard of the Anthony Crolla against George Linares at the Manchester Arena on March 25.