“I've had a lot going on since my last fight,” explained Archer, 22, “like changing trainers and work, but now everything is sorted I’m raring to go. It hasn't been ideal with the lack of momentum in my career but we’re looking to stay fit and get active now.
“Me and Ian are on the same page as to where we want to get to in boxing, and are looking at this next fight as fresh start. We’ve had three months training and had top quality sparring with Paul Truscott and Lee Mould, and I know people say it a lot but I’m definitely in the best shape of my career.”
Promoter Phil Jeffries says he only wants 50-50 fights on future shows, and with Kirk Goodings v Paul Truscott for the English lightweight title topping the Rainton Meadows card, the promoter is making a good start. Archer is desperate for meaningful bouts and is delighted at the prospect of being stepped up by Jeffries:
“I think it's great for North East boxing. Personally I want to be involved in big fights, and I think there could be some great contests out there which could happen after a couple more fights. This time next year I want to have an area title.”
Phil Jeffries said: “Paul is a real talent. He is always in good shape and I think he’s passed his apprenticeship now. He’s undefeated in seven fights and it’s time to move him up to the next level where I think he will shine. There are some really good contests out there for him, maybe a couple of local derby fights, and we’ll look to make those matches for him in the future.”
Pro Box North East presents Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings and Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott contesting the vacant English lightweight title, as well as Martin Ward boxing for the Commonwealth bantamweight crown, at the Rainton Meadows Arena on October 19.
The rest of the card will feature some of the best unbeaten fighters from the region including South Shields’ Anthony Nelson; Sunderland’s Jonson McClumpha; Hartlepool’s Callum Winton and Mick Hadfield, and Horden’s Anthony Hardy. Also appearing will be Edinburgh’s John McCallum.
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