Gym in top shape

Dave (left) and Michael Jennings at Jennings' Gym, Coppull
Dave (left) and Michael Jennings at Jennings' Gym, Coppull
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Despite not taking to the ring himself in the past year, Chorley boxer Michael Jennings is delighted with the impact Jennings Gym has made in its first six months.

The Coppull-based gym hit the ground running after opening, with Mick saying that ‘the gym has had more winners than losers’.

And after a winning start for newly recruited professional record Matty Askin – who boasts a record of 16 wins and just two defeats – all is on the up for 2014, and Mick cannot wait to kick on.

He said: “The first six months have gone really well.

“We’ve had plenty of success and each boxer on our books is improving.

“To be honest, I did expect a couple of professionals to come down but never did I expect an English champion like Matty to be training at our gym.”

And for cruiserweight Askin, Mick has high hopes for the future, and is lining up his next bout for next month.

He added: “He has to defend his title against Menay Edwards.

“Matty improved in his last fight and I expect he will improve further for the Edwards fight.”

Jennings runs the gym with his brother Dave and together the pair are overseeing the development of boxers at all age ranges.

Mick added: “ All our focus now is on 2014 and all the lads in the gym.

“If more people want to come and train then of course our focus will be with them as well, but it’s the lads in the gym we want to do well.”

Jennings refuses to single anybody out for special praise, insisting he has confidence in each an every boxer he and Dave train.

He added: “I won’t single

anybody out but we certainly have quite a few bright sparks on the books at the moment.

“It’s exciting, but only time will tell who will be the brightest of them – you can’t predict what will happen.

“It’s all down to the lads.

“If they keep coming down and training hard and taking it seriously, then who knows what can happen?