AN Eccleston boxer is punching above his weight after an impressive display in his first professional bout at Wigan Robin Park.

Mark Jeffers is learning his trade at Jennings Gym with the help of former contender for the WBO world welterweight title Michael Jennings and his brother Dave.

The talented 18-year-old over came his opponent Scott Hillman on points but he put on a strong show to be the deserved winner.

Coach and manager Michael Jennings said: "He boxed brilliantly considering it was his first pro fight.

"It may have been a points-win but Mark threw everything at him but he still stayed up.

"Scott (Hillman) was a very tough opponent.

"It was great because Mark did all the stuff we had worked on in the gym.

"There were a few of the pundits talking to us after the fight and how well he did.

"It is really good that people are starting to see some of the things we have been doing in training.

"My brother Dave has been great in the gym with him and Dave is having a massive part of what we are doing here.

"It was great that Mark was still thinking clearly in the ring even though it was his first pro fight."

Jeffers has an stellar record as an amateur winning national schools belts and has now signed a professional contract with Jennings Gym.

Michael Jennings said: "We have got a lot of pros down at the gym including Matty Askin who is the English cruiserweight champion and also Jack Arnfield who fought for the British title recently.

"We are glad to get Mark signed up as we have seen something in him and hope that he can fight to a big career."

Despite the hours of training, Jeffers still managed to find the time to sell more than 200 tickets for his fight.

Jennings was planning his next bout for the 18-year-old but the former British champion believes it was important to get Jeffers signed up to gym.

He said: "During my career I had a few ups and downs but when you are outside the ring I can try to keep them away from the downs.

"It is totally different that I am not in the ring but I want them to work as hard as I did.

"It is a pride thing now seeing them do well and you know you have to have them prepare so they don't lose."