Sheffield’s Tom McAssey compassionate by day, ruthless boxer at night

Ingle punchers:  Tom McAssey, right and Kell Brook. Picture: Star Photographer
Ingle punchers: Tom McAssey, right and Kell Brook. Picture: Star Photographer
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TOM McASSEY is the man you might deal with if you have suffered personal injury in an accident.

That’s his compassionate, professional day-job.

But in his spare time he’s the guy who is trying to knock the living daylights out of another bloke!

McAssey, who lives in Shirecliffe, Sheffield, works for the Irwin Mitchell law, firm in their motor claims administration department.

He sandwiches the job in between gruelling training runs at 6.30 in the morning and a pads and sparring routine in the evening.

It is a busy schedule.

But middleweight McAssey, is determined to follow in the footsteps of some of his better known Ingle gym-mates, like world title contender Kell Brook.

On December 12, the 21-year-old is on an Ingle bill at the Octagon Centre, where he will take part in his second professional fight.

It follows his debut at Hillsborough in May when he won a four rounder against Lincoln’s Rick Boulter.

McAssey, who had a decent W18 L8 amateur career, said: “I feel I am getting stronger and fitter.

“When I was an amateur I didn’t think I could get much fitter, but this (regime) has taken me to a whole different level.

“I know I have a lot of things to work on but I want to put on a good performance for my supporters at the Octagon.

“It is Dominic and John’s (Ingle) first show and features all lads from our gym. It should be a really good night.”

The Sheffielder does not know the identity of the man who he will be facing. But he says he is confident enough not to care.

Also on the Octagon bill is Liam Cameron, who will be taking on York’s Harry Matthews - Cameron’s first fight since losing to Jez Wilson, in the Central Area middleweight title contest in June.

“Liam has lost a lot of weight since coming to our gym and I have learned a lot sparring with him,” he said.

“His best attributes are based on his accuracy and timing and he will be looking to put on a good show too.,”

Top of the bill is Bob Ajisafe, the light heavyweight from Leeds, who was beaten to the Commonwealth title by Tony Bellew, in 2010.

He faces Durham’s Travis Dickinson.

“Both Liam and Bob are bigger and more experienced than me, so it’s been great training with them in the build-up” said McAssey.