Tony Jeffries

Tony David Jeffries (born 2 March 1985 in Sunderland, England) is an English former professional boxer who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 2012, an undefeated Jeffries was forced to retire through hand injuries.

Not to be confused with the British motorcyclist, Tony Jefferies or the American corporate lawyer, Tony Jeffries
Tony Jeffries
Jeffries in 2008
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Real nameTony David Jeffries
(born Tony David Bryce)
Nickname(s)Jaffa
the Mighty Mackem
Weight(s)Light heavyweight
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
NationalityEnglish
Born (1985-03-02) 2 March 1985
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Stanceorthodox
Boxing record
Total fights10
Wins9
Wins by KO6
Losses0
Draws1
No contests0
Tony Jeffries
Medal record
Boxing
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Beijing 2008 Light heavyweight
European Amateur Championships
Representing  England
2001 Liverpool Light Middle weight
2008 Cetniewo Light Heavyweight
2004 Madrid Light Heavyweight
2005 Cagliari Light Heavyweight
England national championships
1999 Schoolboy national championships 67kg
2000 Schoolboy national championships 69kg
2001NACYP national championships 71kg
2002 NACYP national championships 75kg
2003 Junior ABA national championships 75kg
2005 Senior ABA national championships 81kg
2005 Commonwealth Championships
Representing  England
2005 Glasgow Commonwealth Champs Light Heavyweight
Representing  England
2006 Indian Multi nations Middle weight
2007 Liverpool Multi nations Light Heavyweight
2008 Strandzha Cup Bulgaria Light heavyweight

Life and career

Jeffries was born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and grew up around the East Herrington area of the city whilst attending Farringdon Community Sports College. He began to box at the age of ten, inspired by his uncle William Young "Billy" Bryce, a former professional boxer. He joined Sunderland Amateur Boxing Club, and in 1999 won the School Boys' Championships, gold in the European Cadets (U17) in 2001.,[1] and won the juniors of the 2003 YMCA International Cup in New Delhi.[2] He was also a semifinalist in the 2003 Junior Brandenburg Cup[3] and 2003 European Junior Championships in Warsaw.[4]

He has won nine National titles and fought for England/Great Britain 56 times, having a total of 106 fights (96 amateur & 10 professional).

On 18 November 2011, Jeffries married his childhood sweetheart, emergency room nurse Sarah Kneeshaw. The couple has three daughters. In January 2012, they both moved to Santa Monica, California.

He has two sisters named Lucy Jeffries, born 26 March 1996, and Sarah Jeffries Briton, born 23 April 1982.

At the 2005 Commonwealth Championships[5] he lost in the finals to Shawn Cox of Barbados, and in the quarterfinals of the 2006 Commonwealth Games[6] he lost to Scotland's tourney winner Kenny Anderson at light-heavy (had right hand surgery after). In other open international competitions, he was a finalist in Kaunas Lithuania's 2005 Szocikas Tournament[7] and Finland's 2005 GeeBee tournament[8] and Bulgaria's 2006 Strandja Memorial.[9]

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Daniel Kooij, Christopher Downs and Ramazan Magomedov in the preliminaries, but lost to Kazakhstan southpaw Yerkebuian Shynaliyev in the quarters. He did, however, qualify for the 2008 Olympics, becoming the first ever boxer from Tyne and Wear to do so. He won a bronze medal after losing to the Irish Boxer Kenny Egan in the semi-final round. Not long after, he presented his medal to the Sunderland people at the Stadium of Light, being a supporter of Sunderland A.F.C.. Jeffries signed his first professional contract during the half-time break of Sunderland's match against the Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 29 November, after a row over unpaid bonuses from the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

On 23 September 2012, Tony Jeffries announced on Facebook that he has retired. The numerous issues with his hands and unsuccessful surgery and treatment left him with no choice but to retire. Tony now owns and works at Box 'N Burn boxing gym in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, with Kentucky fitness expert Kevan Watson.

World Amateur Championships results

2007 (as a Light heavyweight)

Olympic Games results

2008 (as a Light heavyweight)

Pro Record

Professional career

Jeffries signed a professional contract with boxing promoter Frank Maloney in January 2009. On 27 February, Jeffries won his debut fight at super middleweight on the Munroe-Martinez undercard in a first-round knockout of Aliaksandr Vaiavoda in Barnsley.

Jeffries won his second professional fight on home soil in impressive fashion. He produced another TKO at the Crowtree Leisure Centre to defeat Roy Meissner.

Jeffries racked up five more wins before a disappointing draw with Michael Banbula in July 2010 due to a mix up in rounds, Jeffries thinking he was going into a 6-round fight but after the 6 rounds he got told he had 2 rounds left and lost the last 2 rounds and ended up drawing the fight.

Professional boxing record

9 Wins (6 knockout, 2 decision), 0 Losses, 1 Draw[10]
Res. Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win Paul Morby PTS 8 2011-09-03 Doncaster, England
Win Tommy Tolan KO 2 2010-12-15 Belfast Northern Ireland, England
Draw Michael Banbula PTS 8 2010-07-23 Houghton-le-Spring, England
Win Matt Hainy TKO 2 2010-06-04 Peterlee, England
Win Nathan King PTS 6 2010-04-23 Coventry, England
Win Andrejs Tolstihs TKO 1 2009-12-11 Newport, Wales
Win Artsiom Salomka PTS 6 2009-10-16 Sunderland, England
Win Iliya Shakura TKO 1 2009-07-10 Sunderland, England
Win Roy Meissner TKO 2 2009-05-02 Sunderland, England Home debut.
Win Aliaksandr Vaiavoda TKO 1 2009-02-27 Barnsley, England Professional debut.

Retirement

After retiring from boxing when they couldn't heal his hands after major surgery in 2012, Tony Jeffries has been struggling for years with hand problems.[11] He moved afterwards to Los Angeles where he waited for healing but it was never done. Tony Jeffries started to work in a gym in Santa Monica where he met another trainer who is from Kentucky. They left that gym and started a boxing Bootcamp on Santa Monica and they started to look for premises locally, then actor Mickey Rourke heard about the popular gym and invested in it.[12][13][14] When some space was found Mickey Rourke changed some terms on what Tony Jeffries and the other trainer originally agreed upon so they went separate ways. The Santa Monica Bootcamp got voted Los Angeles' number 1 gym in 2013 on Yelp and the gym Box 'N Burn was busy after just a year of opening in 2014.[15] Tony Jeffries and the other trainer opened Box 'N Burn location number 2 in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Tony got a role in the NBC TV Blacklist in 2013 and was one of the figures in Levi's world campaign in the same year. His Levi's modelling pictures where on billboards across the world. Tony is head trainer for UFC heavyweight contender Brendan Schaub, cornering him on the pay per view shows against Matt Mitrione, Travis Browne and Andrei Arlovski.[16] He also featured in Cannonball (Skylar Grey song) video, single by Skylar Grey feat. X Ambassadors.

References

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