SEASONED trainer Kevin Sanders has warned the public not to expect too much too soon from new heavyweight hope Carl Spencer.
Sanders has a long standing within boxing and trained former world champion Nigel Benn. He also has another heavyweight under his tutelage in the currently fifth ranked Matt Skelton.
He’s now working in Sheffield alongside boxing guru Dennis Hobson who has put the giant Spencer his way. Hobson will manage and promote the Bentley fighter and feels like he has the potential to be a star.
Sanders shares that idea and knows that Spencer should be allowed to develop at a rate that suits him.
He told The Star: “Carl has got everything you need to be a successful heavyweight. He’s 6 feet 8, he can punch and he’s got the reach.
“Carl also boxed for England, so he’s well-schooled and he has an amateur win over Richard Towers, who is highly-rated in Sheffield.
“He’s got a good manager in Dennis Hobson and he’s ready to invest a lot of money into him.
“It’s all down to Carl really. If he desires to get up at 5am and go for a run then he’ll be in a position to challenge.”
Spencer will debut at the Don Valley Stadium on the 22nd against foreign opposition and Sanders believes that will give him a better idea of what he’s working with.
There’s no question that the much-maligned British heavyweight scene is improving.
Spencer himself has mixed it with the current Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in sparring.
“In fairness he held his own against Joshua but had he been better than him he’d have been on the squad instead of him,” said Sanders.
“I don’t want to give him too much hype because he’s still young for a heavyweight and it’s all going to depend on how much he wants it himself.
“He’s at the base of a platform and it’s up to him to get up it. He’s got the qualities and he needs to make the best out of them.”
“He’s still very raw,” admitted Hobson. “I think he’ll cause a stir though and Kevin’s done a fantastic job.”
Spencer won’t be the only Doncaster fighter making his debut that weekend.
A night before at the Barnsley Metrodome, Thorne’s Danny Mitchell will make his light-heavyweight bow against Nick Gigg from Bristol.
James Tucker lost a close decision in Hull at the weekend. Fighting at light-heavyweight, Tucker lost 58-57 to Louie Hubbard. Tucker will fight Danny Couzens next week in Portsmouth whilst Luke Crowcroft’s debut, against Tucker, has been re-arranged for the Doncaster Dome on December 1.