Speight hopes public show will get fans behind himExpert trainer delivers second session ahead of Speight title push
JAMIE SPEIGHT is bidding to get the community behind his next title challenge, by holding a public workout session at his training base just outside Hele Village next month.
Speight (pictured right) is fighting for the English featherweight title on March 22 in Leeds – his third successive fight outside of Devon and seventh outside of Torquay.
Speight will be showcasing his skills at Knuckleup Boxing Gym off Barton Hill Way on Saturday, March 16, from 11am.
The 90-minute session is designed not only to win over fans who may not have seen him fight before, but also to highlight the community work done by the gym itself.
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Co-owner Gareth Hogg holds dedicated training sessions for juniors, and has taken on a number of youngsters from the surrounding area with the help of community group Hele's Angels.
"It will probably be a gym-related session," said Speight.
"There won't be any of the strongman stuff, with tyres and hammers, because we're only a week away from the fight.
"But I will warm up in the ring and do some shadowboxing skills and then it will be me and Gareth doing stuff on the pads. I think it's nice for the public as not many people travel when I'm away, so the locals have probably only seen what I've done in Torquay and Plymouth.
"It will be good for them to see my skills and what I can do rather than just reading the reports."
Speight said gym owners Hogg and Camps would be welcoming members of the public as well as regular boxers to the session, with benefits for the facility as well as Speight.
He added: "It's good publicity for the two of them, good for me, but also good for the community and the lads who come in.
"We're hoping to get ITV back down and do a double story about both me and the fact that the gym is keeping kids off the streets and in the gym. If I can get more people interested in boxing that would be great – you need young people to keep the sport fresh.
"Without the youngsters coming through there's no future for South Devon boxing."
Meanwhile, Speight was this week having his second session with fitness guru Lawrence Farncombe, who is overhauling his training schedule to increase his power and strength.
Farncombe conducted a basic physical assessment on his last visit, and put together a schedule to increase Speight's basic power output.
This week he was working on power-endurance exercises, which enable Speight to maintain his punching power through 10 rounds.
Speight said: "There's a big improvement in power – I'm having to double-wrap my hands where I'm hitting so hard, and Gareth [Hogg] said he's feeling it on the pads too. And this is with four weeks to go."
"Everybody I've sparred with has said how much harder that I'm hitting.
"I sparred with Curtis Betteridge a week before I went away and wobbled him.
"He said afterwards that it felt like I was throwing bricks at him."
Speight has also had some encouraging feedback from a trip to London to spar with EBU European bantamweight title contender Ashley Sexton.
Speight added: "I went up there and sparred with him [Sexton] and I felt like I beat him up. It was a schooling really.
"I think we did about 40 rounds in three days and I felt like I outclassed him.
"I got some good rounds in."