IT’S not a good idea to keep Jon Ibbotson waiting.
When you have twice agreed to spar with him, you should keep the appointment...otherwise he gets decidedly tetchy.
Now he is set to face the man who twice didn’t turn up to the training ring for him.
On Friday the 28-year-old Sheffielder has a grudge match with Edlington’s John Anthony, eight years his senior.
And ‘Ibbo’ can’t wait. “I have sparred with him before on a few occasions,” he said.
“But the last two times he let me down by not turning up.
“I wasn’t happy about that. It was frustrating, especially as I had travelled through traffic to Mexborough to spar with him. I’ll be taking that frustration out on him on Friday.”
The pair, in fact, have a bizarre history of ‘near misses.’ They were also twice due to box in shows before, but Ibbotson was snowed in for one of the battles last December and had to pull out of another date when he bruised a tendon in his left hand.
“That’s all in the past now” said Ibbotson.
“I have trained hard at Andy Marlow’s (S18 gym, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield) my hand is completely healed and I’m ready. John’s record (seven losses and one draw in the last eight) may be misleading, sometimes boxers have only a day’s notice for a fight.
“But we have both known about this for five or six weeks so it will be a good six rounder.”
If Ibbotson comes through against Anthony, he expects to compete for the vacant British Masters cruiserweight title against Rotherham’s Neil Dawson, at Barnsley Metrodome, on September 23.
Also on Friday’s bill at Dennis Hobson’s Don Valley event is light heavyweight Reagan Denton, seeking his 13th professional win against Adam Battle, of Aldershot.
It will be Denton’s third Don Valley fight this year, after a five year absence from the ring
Another light heavy Carl Wild, in pencilled in to box Elvis Dube, of Derby - the same opponent he fought in his last outing. In that confrontation, at Sheffield’s Park Hotel, Wild, 25, recorded a points win.
It was a welcome victory for the game Walkley fighter, who hadn’t won before that since 2009.
Another promising scrap on the Hobson bill is the four rounder between locally-based light heavyweights Danny Tombs and Billy Boyle. Sheffield featherweight Hassan Ahmed makes his debut.