From the Boxing Ring to the Stage
Former boxer Tony Jeffries, who won a bronze medal for Team GB at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has opened up about how popstar Robbie Williams had a major impact on his life when they trained together. Jeffries retired from professional boxing in 2012 due to hand injuries, but he found a new purpose when he opened his own boxing gym in Los Angeles.
An Unexpected Partnership
Jeffries had the opportunity to train Williams, who was looking to get in shape for touring. Little did Jeffries know, this partnership would not only transform Williams' fitness but also inspire Jeffries to make significant changes in his own life.
Trading Punches and Breaking Habits
Jeffries and Williams worked closely together throughout 2019 and into 2020, with Jeffries even accompanying Williams to Vegas. Jeffries credits Williams with helping him give up alcohol, as the popstar's dedication to boxing inspired him to make positive changes. They developed a close friendship along the way.
The Training Regimen
Jeffries revealed that their training sessions were boxing-oriented, focusing on boxing fitness and skill development. Although Williams expressed interest in sparring, they primarily did body sparring. Williams found joy in the physical and mental challenges of boxing and reported improved performance on stage as a result.
A Missed Opportunity and a New Direction
In 2019, Williams famously challenged his long-time rival Liam Gallagher to a boxing match, but the bout never came to fruition. Meanwhile, Jeffries was forced to close his gym in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he has since found success with his YouTube channels, which have amassed a combined total of 4.5 million followers.
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