By Jake Hartley-Moore – Reporter
Lancashire boxer Mark Jeffers will fight at the Manchester Arena on the undercard for the world title fight between Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares.
The teenager is set to make his second professional fight this Saturday in what will be the biggest night of his career so far.
He will fight against Ben Heap due to a late pull out by his original opponent Sunny Whiting.
However, Jeffers is unfazed by this late change of fighter. He said: “I have seen his style of fighting which has allowed me to have a game plan come fight night”.
The young prodigy’s first professional fight was back in May at Robin Park Arena in Wigan where he won the fight against Scott Hillman on a point decision after 4 rounds winning by 40-36.
On the subject of his last fight, he said: “It was a great feeling as that I was nervous before the fight with it being my professional debut and that the atmosphere was great and the crowd were electrifying”.
The 18-year-old was due to be fighting in Oldham on the 2nd of July, however he had to withdraw due a hand injury sustained in his previous fight.
However, he was given the opportunity to fight after several sparring sessions with Marcus Morrison at Joe Gallagher’s Gym in Bolton.
As a thank you for his work with Morrison he was then given the chance to fight this Saturday as an undercard fight for the Anthony Crolla Vs Jorge Linares fight.
Mark also stated that this opportunity was a “great surprise” for him.
The young boxer is currently training out of Jennings Gym in Coppull which is run by former WBU Welterweight champion Michael Jennings and his brother Dave Jennings.
Mark joined Jennings Gym back in February 2015 when he turned 17 and was finishing out amateur career to then progress onto professional.
Shortly after his professional debut victory Mark signed with Jennings Gym to join their array of professional talents including Matt “Assassin” Askin and Jack Arnfield.
Mark is expected to be taking a big following with him to Manchester with over 300 people from his home of Eccleston and surrounding areas expected to make the trip up to Manchester Arena.
It is this support that helps motivate the boxer.
“I feel very proud and humbled for all of the support that he has received from everyone who is going to watch him and those cheering from home.
“The supporters are the driving force for me to go to training every day.”