Former East Durham College student, Jay Hughes, East Durham College head boxing coach, Dave Binns and former East Durham College student Christopher Wallace

Pro Boxing Contracts Signed By Two Former College Students

Two former East Durham College students, who are continuing to train with the colleges boxing club, have just signed contracts to turn pro.

Lightweight Jay Hughes, 18, from Trimdon, and Light-middleweight Christopher Wallace, 26, from Peterlee, have both signed professional boxing contracts with Phil Jeffries, father of Olympic boxing medallist and former professional boxer, Tony Jeffries.

The two fighters are former students at the college, with Jay leaving last year after studying on a sports course and Christopher leaving in 2006 after studying bricklaying.

Signing these contracts means that the East Durham Boxing Club now have six members with pro contracts, as Christopher and Jay join fellow professionals, Glenn Foot, Jonson McClumpha, Warren Baister and Darren Richardson.

Jay is now preparing for his debut pro fight at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadow’s Arena on Saturday 5th March, with Christopher looking to schedule his first bout for later in the year.

East Durham College’s head boxing coach Dave Binns believes these contracts are testament to the hard work put in by both lads, and he can’t wait to see them progress in the future.

Dave said: “These are two brilliant lads and it’s great to see them get this opportunity to sign professional contracts with Phil.

“They both work really hard at every session and they have been very determined to get themselves this opportunity, something that makes me really proud to see.

“I can’t wait to see how things pan out for the two from here, but I know if they keep up this level of commitment they have the skill set to go far.”

For more information how you can join East Durham College’s boxing scholarship programme contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.

And for more information on how you can join the East Durham Boxing Club contact Dave Binns on 0191 518 8319.