Wilson’s cut out for a title!

Fighting fit: Working out in the gym with a triathlete pal has certainly paid off for boxer Jez Wilson
Fighting fit: Working out in the gym with a triathlete pal has certainly paid off for boxer Jez Wilson
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TO be as ripped as this takes absolute dedication.

The sort of commitment which includes training every day – even on your honeymoon.

Sheffield’s Jez Wilson has been pounding the streets and the punchbags so hard that he is in the shape of his life.

And now he wants to convert that energy and conditioning into a title.

Wilson, aged 32, got into this shape for a fight that never happened.

“I was due to fight (Welshman) Tom Doran but he pulled out with an excuse I didn’t believe,” he said.

“He would have been a tough challenge, he is unbeaten (10 straight wins), and I was raring to go.

“When he claimed he’d injured his hand, I was so fed-up, I just wanted to jack the sport in.

“I spoke to Glyn Rhodes (trainer) my matchmaker, Richard Poxon, and my wife, Tina, who had been so understanding when I was in training for my fight with Doran.

“They said I should carry on and not throw it all away and so I fought Jay Morris instead and took it out on him (KO-ing the Isle of Wight slugger in the first round.)

“Everybody said it was great to have a first-round KO, but Morris didn’t really want to be there,” he said.

“He just tucked up and I moved in on him and he went down. He got up but was all over the place.

“It wasn’t particularly satisfying, but I did my bit.”

Wilson, who lives in Crosspool, has a won eight, lost one, drawn one record and doesn’t want to quit until he has a

title – possibly the English middleweight crown.

“I have got in this shape – a fair amount is training with triathlete Matt Stephenson from Woodlands gym in Dronfield - and I want to do something with it,” he said.

“My age isn’t old for boxing and I have the hunger to succeed.

“I am about 12th in the British rankings but if somebody pulls out of a fight I will be there to step in and challenge for a title fight.”

Meanwhile, Amir Khan will defend his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles against American Lamont Peterson in Washington DC in December.

Khan defended the belts in Las Vegas against Zab Judah in July and will now take on mandatory IBF challenger Peterson in the US on December 10.

It will be the third time that Khan has fought Stateside and the contest is expected to be the last time he fights at 140lbs as he looks to step up to welterweight to set up a mega-fight against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather next summer.

Peterson, aged 27, has won all but two of his 31 fights, with his only defeat coming against Timothy Bradley in California two years ago. Khan said: “I’m looking forward to facing a worthy challenger.”