Middleweight John Hefford has enlisted the help of some of the countries top fighters as he prepares for his crucial showdown next weekend in the capital.
Hefford will collide with Kettering’s Daniel Spencer on his return to the ring on July 12th at London's Alexandra Palace after suffering his only career defeat back in February at the hands of Queensbury National Middleweight champion Kieran Leinster, and the Hornchurch stylist has made a rematch with Leinster his number one priority if he can defeat the dangerous Spencer in the capital.
Hefford looked like he was edging the action during his explosive encounter with fellow undefetaed star Leinster until he took a thunderous right hook in the fourth round that ended his title dream, but after picking himself up from the disappointment of losing his unblemished record, Hefford say’s the desire to face his only conqueror once again is stronger than ever.
Talking ahead of the clash Hefford said: “ I think I learnt more from that defeat than from any of my other wins, and the loss has made me even hungrier to train and get a second shot at the title.
“After watching the fight back on TV it was even harder to take as I felt I was ahead in the fight and doing well, but its boxing and one punch can change it all and that’s the first time I’ve ever been rocked like that in my career.
“Since shaking off all my injury problems I’ve been back in the gym and feeling great, and I’m so determined to get that second shot and that’s what I am 100% focussed on doing’
Like Hefford, Kettering’s Spencer suffered a similar fate at the hands of Leinster after being stopped in the final round of his challenge for the same title, and Hefford is not taking Spencer lightly on July 12th as he prepares to step out in front of the camera’s at one of London’s most iconic sporting venue’s.
“I know Daniel Spencer is going to be a really tough fight for me, and after watching him in action against Leinster in a fight I had him winning in the opening rounds I’m in for another serious test.
“Training wise I’m sparring with some fantastic fighters including British title challenger John Ryder, and I’ve been watching former World Lightweight champion Ricky Burns training so that’s really inspired me, so I feel I’ll be in the best shape of my life when I step through the ropes in London and ready for anything.