Battered and bruised but Fewkes is on the way back

John Fewkes says a broken rib and a damaged eye has only strengthened his resolve to launch an assault on the British light welterweight division.

The 28-year-old Sheffield fighter was overpowered over eight punishing rounds by Derbyshire’s Dale Miles at Doncaster Dome in July.

Boxer John Fewkes

Boxer John Fewkes

It conclusively proved that the former Central Area light welterweight title holder must stay away from the heavier welterweight fighters.

Fewkes said on video at thestar.co.uk: “I did alright for the first couple of rounds and then he hurt my rib and closed my eye. At least I showed I had got plenty of bottle. But I am not in this game to nick results, I am in it to win things...but its not as easy as I thought it was.”

Fewkes hopes to get down to 10 stone by end of the year: “At that weight I’m as good as a lot of fighters in Britain.”

The fighter is envious of Kell Brook topping his home city Arena on October 26, against Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko, who ended Ricky Hatton’s career. “Maybe it’s just me but I can still see myself topping the bill at places like the Arena, never mind on undercards” he said. Of the Brook clash, Fewkes commented: “Senchenko looks in very good shape, but 100% I think Kell has got to beat him.

“Senchenko is a very good technical fighter but if it had been the old Ricky Hatton he would not have think lasted three or four rounds with him.

“Kell is getting something special, he’s getting to the top now so I really do think he is going to do a number on him.”