Maxi Hughes says he eats, sleeps and breathes boxing after switching his training to Wales.
The Rossington super featherweight switched his training to the principality last year under the stewardship of Gary Lockett, who trained former world champions Gavin Rees and Enzo Maccarinelli.
As he prepares for what he has termed the biggest fight of his career this Friday, Hughes could not be happier with his training regime.
The 24-year-old will be in action at iceSheffield against Joseph Laryea, who unsuccessfully challenged Ricky Burns for the WBO super featherweight title in 2011.
“I’m really pleased with how everything has gone since I moved my training to Wales,” Hughes told the Star.
“I wanted to take myself away from any distractions and focus fully on boxing in the build up to fights.
“It’s hard to leave the home life behind for a couple of months but I know when I go to Gary I will be eating, sleeping and breathing boxing which is fantastic for me.
“It’s brought me on so much and I’m looking to show that against Laryea.”
Hughes dropped to super feather from lightweight under advisement from Lockett and is looking to show his strength at the new weight against Laryea, who he expects to be awkard.
He said: “He’s a few inches taller than me so it’ll be a test.
“It’s going to be tough but I’m confident that I’ll get the win and give my career a big boost.”