Doncaster Boxer Jason hopes to be on the ball in Central Area title defence

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DONCASTER’S Jason Ball defends his Central Area light-middleweight title at Ice-Sheffield tomorrow against a familiar foe.

Ball lost to Sheffield’s Sam Sheedy last time out in a four rounder but will be more fired up and dangerous over a longer distance.

One of the more tasty fights on the undercard looks to be Harworth’s Daniel Slaney’s meeting with former training partner James Tucker from Bessacarr.

Unbeaten Slaney, aged 27, doesn’t regard Tucker, who is the same age but is vastly more experienced, as a step-up in terms of quality as he goes in search of his fifth straight win as a professional.

So why the fall-out? Slaney believes that Tucker took it too personal when he was preparing with the Slaneys at their Conisborough gym for his Central Area title shot against their managerial stablemate Carl Wild.

Slaney said: “It’s the right fight at the right time for me and I obviously fancy myself to beat him. James trained with my dad (Steve) for that fight and my dad was in a difficult position as he’s heavily involved with Glyn Rhodes, who was training Carl.

“I think James thought that there was a bit of a split allegiance but there won’t have been from my dad because he’s a professional and he never shows any favouritism.”

The animosity seems to come entirely from Tucker and at one stage last week the fight was seemingly off after a disagreement over when the duo would weigh in.

We had the fall-out and I’ve wanted the fight ever since,” said Tucker. “I phoned Glyn Rhodes telling him that I wanted it and they’ve accepted but they were messing me about with when we were supposed to get weighed in. I want to get weighed in the same day and they wanted it the day before but that’s all sorted now.

“On paper he’s a prospect and he can box a bit but I’m stronger and tougher than he is. Some of the other kids I’ve boxed are leagues above him. He never bothered me in sparring and he won’t on the night.”

Slaney’s stablemates Arron Boyce and Matthew Brierley debut on the show and Boyce, from Conisborough, is prepared for what could be a difficult pro bow against London’s Junior Millar - a fighter with a reputation already.

Boyce, 25, said: “ He’s had one fight and been disqualified for continually wrestling his opponent to the canvas.

“By the sounds of it he’s a bit of a bully boy but he won’t be doing that to me. If he comes up here with that mentality it’ll play right into my hands.”