Jimmy White back with a bite

“Do you know what? I just want the Welsh title!” are the words that Jimmy White (0-1) told BoxingWales.com ahead of his return to the sport after a 12 year absence from the ring. The 31-year-old will make his comeback on Sanigar Events’ ‘Repeat Or Revenge’ show at the Merthyr Leisure Centre on July 11th. In White’s last fight, he suffered a fifth round stoppage loss to a journeyman, Jon Hilton and didn’t return to the sport for over a decade. However, the Cardiff native has shed nearly five stone in training and he’s realistic about his potential prospects. Elaborating, White said, “That’s what I want to get, the Welsh title is my aim. If I get a Welsh title, I’ll be miles more than happy. Obviously, I’ve got to do it now, now is the time because of my age. I don’t expect to be a British or world champion, I know that. I’m realistic but if I can get a Welsh title, that would mean everything to me. I want a good five years at this… that’s my plan, anyway!” One man who White credits with his lifestyle turnaround and return to boxing is Jamie Arthur, the former amateur and professional boxing champion. The pair have struck up a unique boxer-trainer relationship at Arthur’s gym in Rhydyfelin and White’s thankful to the former fighter’s guidance. He said, “Jamie’s taught me the right tactics, I’ve learned to box more myself and my technique is better. Jamie’s brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for a better trainer. Until I get in that ring, I don’t know if it’ll go to plan but all we can do it prepare for it. “I’ll go in, try my best, see how my opponent deals with it and I’ll adjust to it. I wish Jamie was training me when I was 18. That’s the difference he makes; the training, everything. Like I said, I couldn’t ask for a better trainer or manager.” Given White’s extended absence, he’s expecting to feel the effects but he’s happy enough with the measures he’s taken to counter them. He said, “Obviously, I’ll have a bit of ring rust, I know I will but I’ve been in the gym and sparring as much as I can. I just want to get in there now and get on with it all. “I’ve sparred a fair few rounds with Ricky (Rowlands – amateur champion and professional debutant), loads with him and I’ve sparred with Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO) too. I’ve sparred loads, so it’s not fighting but it’s the closest thing to it. It’s been a long time, but listen, I’ve still been in the gym. That’s all you can do.” White’s opponent was originally meant to be Maerdy’s hot prospect Alex Hughes (1-0, 1KO) but he will instead face Trelewis’ southpaw Luke Osman (3-12-1, 1KO) but he has no real preference who he faces, it’s just about fighting once again. He said, “I’ve seen a bit of Osman and I know he’s a boxer, he likes to move around the ring, doesn’t he? I’ve been focusing on just the night. It doesn’t really matter about the opponent, I just want to fight and get the first one out of the way. I can’t wait now. I just want to get in the ring and have one more shot. “Obviously Alex Hughes pulled out, I was a bit gutted he did. I wanted to prove myself because he’s a good prospect. I’m not in the ring to take anyone around for a few rounds, I’m going in to win. I’m 31, I want to do the best I can now.”

£30 and £50 tickets for ‘Repeat Or Revenge’ on July 11th at the Merthyr Leisure Centre are available from Sanigar Events and Bristol Boxing Club on 01179496699. For more information, visit: www.westcountryboxing.com. It will be headlined by Dai Davies (10-23-2, 1KO) and Robbie Turley’s (13-4, 3KO) Welsh featherweight title rematch.

In support will be Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO), Craig Kennedy (8-0, 5KO), Adam Goldsmith (2-0-1) v Stuart Brewer (1-0), Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO), Dorian Darch (7-3, 1KO), debutants Kyle Jones and Ricky Rowlands. The event will be broadcast live on Eurosport.

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