Sheffield trainer Glyn Rhodes has sent a message to a rival camp: get your boxer in super-fit shape or he will lose his title!
Rhodes was in Jez Wilson’s corner last weekend to see him come through his first fight in 17 months following a double fracture to the jaw. The warm-up was Wilson’s final appearance before challenging Dronfield’s English middleweight champion Lewis Taylor, on November 21, at the Magna Centre, Rotherham.
Wilson, 36, outpointed Bath-born veteran Dan Blackwell at Barnsley Metrodome. The win moved the Crosspool fireman to 12 wins, two losses and a draw.
Rhodes said: “Jez did great, it is just what he needed in six good solid rounds; he didn’t have it all his own way against a very tough journeyman.
“He will have a week off then start training for the Taylor fight. Both Jez and Sam Sheedy are on same show, so we are going to try to get to Tenerife for a week with them both.
“All Jez has got to be for the Taylor fight is fit as humanly possible. I’m not going to try to teach him new tricks but Lewis isn’t a puncher while Jez is so Lewis better be fit or Jez will walk through him. But what a great local derby!”
In Barnsley’s bout of the night, Ben Wager was beaten over 10 rounds by Wythenshawe’s Kofi Yates, for the Central Area super lightweight title.
The MC applauded the contest as a “fight of the year” candidate.