Boxing: Smoking Jez in the shape of his life

Jez Wilson, right, with a nose-bloodied Dronfield gym owner Matthew Sanderson
Jez Wilson, right, with a nose-bloodied Dronfield gym owner Matthew Sanderson
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Jez Wilson got on his bike to achieve the fighting-fitness of his life, says his strength and conditioning trainer Matt Sanderson.

The 36-year-old Sheffield firefighter challenges Dronfield’s English middleweight champion Lewis Taylor, 25, at the Magna Centre on Saturday.

Both men attend Dronfield’s Woodlands Fitness Centre, owned by Sanderson, who steers clear of making a prediction but says Wilson is in supreme condition.

“Jez is a coach’s dream. His commitment is never in doubt; he takes on advice and is willing to try new ideas with his training” said Sanderson. “In the last two months, Jez has performed specific Watt Bike sessions at his anaerobic threshold. In simple terms, this means working at this intensity lifts his threshold and that, in turn, increases the intensity he can sustain in the ring.”

“Traditionally boxers go running to improve fitness but we have minimised the amount of time Jez has spent pounding the streets. I’ve yet to meet a boxer that enjoys running and running takes more time to recover from due to the impact it places on the body.”

Sanderson has coached Wilson for the last five years and Taylor also uses Woodlands for sports massage and nutrition advice.

He said: “We had one occasion with both boxers in our building at the same time but credit to both these lads, they are professionals and behaved impeccably; although I’m glad the weigh-in isn’t at our club!”