New lease of life for Tucker

Bessacarr boxer James Tucker
Bessacarr boxer James Tucker

THE decision not to hang up the gloves could be the best one James Tucker has made as he goes after Central Area gold on Friday night.

The Bessacarr light heavyweight seriously considered giving up the sport last year after becoming somewhat of a journeyman.

But renewed focus saw Tucker embark on a three fight winning run and earned him a bout with Carl Wild for the Central Area title at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium on Friday night.

And the 27-year-old believes victory will erase his past record.

He told the Free Press: “If I win that title I think it will go a long way to erasing my past record.

“I’ve already made the new start but this will show I’ve got something to give in boxing.”

Before his recent good run, Tucker had lost 43 of his 49 fights since his November 2007 debut.

He said: “I was really fed up with it, there’s only so long you can take it.

“I was the away fighter every time and there were times when I know I deserved to have won but didn’t get the decision.

“My focus went away. I was training as a mixed martial arts fighter rather than a boxer and that’s never going to be ideal.

“I forced myself to decide between packing in or giving it a proper go.

“So far it looks like I’ve made the right decision.”

Tucker now trains with Steve Slaney and Rob Riley in Conisbrough.