Frank rekindles love with boxing during tough times

Sheffield’s Tommy Frank is remaining philosophical after his dream world title fight was cancelled last month.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 12th April 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th April 2020, 12:30 pm
Tommy Frank remains philosophical during the enforced break from action.
Tommy Frank remains philosophical during the enforced break from action.

Unbeaten Frank, 13-0 (3), was scheduled to face Mexico’s International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Flyweight Champion, Maximino Flores, on March 27 at Ponds Forge Arena but his shot at making an impression on the world stage was scuppered by the devastating effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Despite his disappointment, ‘Super’ Tommy says he is in good spirits. The 26-year-old – who is the IBO Inter-Continental Flyweight Champion, as well as the Commonwealth Super Flyweight belt holder – has a naturally positive mindset.

The huge Sheffield United fan knows that his chance against Flores is still on the table, and the Steel City fighter says his enforced break from boxing has even helped him to fall back in love with the sport.

“It’s a strange situation in general with everything that’s going on,” he said. “As a pro boxer, I’m used to being cooped up in the house after training, so that much hasn’t changed.

“But I am missing going to the gym and seeing everyone, like Glyn [Rhodes], Dennis [Hobson] and Steve [Crump].

“We have to accept that this whole situation is bigger than boxing though, there’s bigger things going on in the world. I just wish for people’s safety, more than anything.

“There are positives from it though, like spending more time with loved ones. I’ve also been watching a lot of old fights, and I haven’t shadow boxed in the living room since I was about 12! So, it’s actually made me fall back in love with boxing a bit more.

“Of course, I was obviously massively disappointed at the time that the fight got cancelled, because I’d worked so hard. But I’m a big believer that all that work I put in isn’t lost; it’s all still in the bank and will pay off.

“I’m mandatory for the IBO world title and for Flores, so the fight still has to happen next, just at a later date. We want this IBO world title, and I just have to wait a little longer to get my hands on that belt.

“It is hard though. Ultimately, all boxers are self-employed, and if you don’t fight, you don’t get paid.

“Thankfully I’ve got a few sponsors who are loyal and look after me, and I’m especially grateful to them in times like this.”