CHORLEY boxing trainer Michael Jennings may be no stranger to the big lights in the sport but he will be trying to help two of his professional boxers to success this weekend.

Jennings, who fought Miguel Angel Cotto in New York's Madison Square Gardens seven years ago for the WBO Welterweight title, will be in the corner supporting Jack Arnfield on the same bill as Anthony Crolla looking to retain his WBA World lightweight title on Saturday night in Manchester.

Arnfield takes on John Ryder for the WBA International middleweight title in a bout Jennings believes the 27-year-old can win.

Jennings said: "He (John) is a tough opponent but it is one he is capable of winning.

"It is one of those fights where he has to listen to what we are telling him and executes it then he has a great chance.

"We have been travelling around the country trying to find southpaws for him to train with.

"Even Jack Catterall has been down to the gym a couple of times to help out which was great."

Also in action on the same night will be Eccleston boxer Mark Jeffers in his second fight of his fledgling pro career.

Jennings said: "He is taking on Ben Heap and to get on that bill is great.

"He cannot wait and it will be a great experience for him.

"He has done really well selling tickets and I think 300 people are coming down and he is hiring two double decker buses to get them there.

"It is great for the community to get behind him just like people did when I was boxing.

"All those people will be in one place and I think they will make some noise as they are all together rather than sitting in different parts of the arena."

It is a busy time down at Jennings Gym with Scott Fitzgerald preparing for his spot on the Tony Bellew bill in October while Matty Askin is in the final eliminator for the British title.

All of the boxers have training at David Lloyd swimming pool in Chorley and Jennings believes it is important exercise for their professionals.

He said: "Swimming is good because it helps them control their breathing and they are using all sorts of muscles they may not be working on.

"It also helps us gauge their fitness too."