JEZ Wilson puts his Central Area title triumph down to “not cheating.”
The full-time fire brigade man put himself through two months of gruelling training to reach a fitness level that overpowered Liam Cameron, a skilled technician 12 years his junior.
Wilson, 32, says: “I trained as hard as it was possible, fitting work and everything else around that. Four weeks ago I went for a few days on a stag do (in Spain) and told everybody I wouldn’t touch a drop of alcohol and I didn’t,” he said. “I was determined not to cheat myself and it paid dividends.”
Former central area light welter champion John Fewkes, a gym-mate, added: “His self-control on the stag do was incredible. He wanted this title really badly and deserves the success.”
Last Saturday’s win by the Crosspool man over Manor Park’s Cameron installed him as middleweight champion of Sheffield... and the rest of the breadth of England from Liverpool to Hull.
Cameron took defeat with dignity, though. He tweeted to his fans and sponsors: “Thanks for all your support - will come back stronger.”
Sheffield’s next big boxing show is the Kell Brook v Carson Jones showdown at the Arena on July 7.
Grenoside’s unbeaten welterweight is due to perform a public workout at Meadowhall Centre today (12.30pm) as his fight with IBF number three draws tantalisingly closer.
Brook boasts a 27-0 record with 18 wins by KO and is two places below Jones in the IBF rankings as the pair battle it out in the ‘Edge of Glory’ show, with the winner looking for a world title shot later in the year.
Brook will train for 30 minutes and will sign autographs for fans.