Fitness | Training | Jun 11 2018

Letter from America: The real pain of a wasted training camp

Tony Jeffries has sympathy for Billy Joe Saunders and Martin Murray and the real cost of a lost training camp
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MY Olympic teammate Billy Joe Saunders has just pulled out of his scheduled fight with Martin Murray. Saunders is out due to a hamstring injury. BJS now 28 years old holds a 26-0 career record with 12 knockouts. The fight with Murray was scheduled for June 23 at the O2 Arena in London.

The rumours are he has bigger opportunities to fight Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin and he would probably make five times more money, which I really hope he gets as I fancy him against both of them.

In boxing you got to make as much money as you can in the career which for most is very hard to do. I do feel sorry for Martin Murray because he has been in that training camp for such a long time. I know those training camps can be a beast. If you are not familiar, for example, I would fly to America for eight weeks: would stay in a hotel, have good food, recovery tools and it all costs money. You might be paying your trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, etc. Then when the fight gets called off you are not making any money.


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