A FIRST professional title for John Anthony will be a fine reward for his new found dedication, according to trainer Stefy Bull.
The Edlington bruiser (pictured) developed a reputation as a journeyman over his career in the cruiserweight division.
But the heavy-hitting 37-year-old is determined to achieve something memorable in the twilight of his career and has dropped the pounds.
His reward is a shot at the Central Area light heavyweight title against Sheffield’s Carl Wild at the Dome on Saturday night.
Trainer Bull said: “John was happy enough to be travelling all over the country and fighting anybody and I think he’d admit in the past he’s not taken boxing as seriously as he could have.
“But John’s worked really hard for this fight.
“He’s knuckled down a lot since he started training with me and Dave Hulley but it’s only recently he’s taken everything on board regarding diet.
“There has always been the potential for so much more from John because he’s one of the hardest men in boxing.
“His power is frightening and I think he was a bit scared if he dropped the weight that he wouldn’t take the big hitting down with him.
“But he looks very good, he’s dropped a load of weight and he’s still as strong as an ox.”
Anthony ended a 16 fight run without a win in spectacular style in his last bout.
Opponent Paddy McDonough was the overwhelming favourite given an eight fight 100 per cent record.
But Anthony did more than enough to claim a 59-56 points win.
Bull said: “That fight showed exactly what John is capable of.
“I’m really confident that he can do the business on Saturday night and get that title.”
Saturday’s opponent Wild beat another Doncaster fighter in James Tucker to win the Central Area strap.
His career has been a patchy one with 12 wins from 34 bouts and never more than two victories in a row.
The Sheffield fighter suffered a convincing points defeat to former British and Commonwealth title contender Courtney Fry last time out.