Opinion | Aug 08 2018

The strength of British boxing

Tony Jeffries believes it's only a matter of time until a new world champion emerges from the North East
Josh Kelly v Jony Vina - Super Welterweight  |  Action Images

IT’S great to see British boxing well and truly on the map. With Anthony Joshua dominating the heavyweight division and Tyson Fury looking to knock back on the door, the world is standing up and looking on in awe at our fighters.

My pal, Liam Smith, put in a brave performance against the tough Jaime Munguia and George Groves vs Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final is going to be a cracker, showing our guys are challenging throughout the divisions. Kell Brook and James Degale are two more on a list that could go on and on.

And that’s why it’s awesome to see my home region finally start to stand up and be noticed. Lewis Ritson and Josh Kelly are already headlining sell-out shows at Newcastle’s Metro Arena with Eddie Hearn excited at the idea of a stadium fight down the line; whether that’d be the Stadium of Light or St James’ Park would depend on the fighter! I know first-hand how amazing the north east crowd is and I’m excited for the world to see this.