Portsmouth fighter praised after frustrating talent

Paul Morby and trainer Michael Ballingall
Paul Morby and trainer Michael Ballingall

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Paul Morby picked up praise for making rising Olympic star Tony Jeffries look average.

Morby’s trainer Michael Ballingall felt the Portsmouth man did a decent job in shutting down the Sunderland star in their weekend showdown.

Ballingall revealed the contest nearly never took place after the 31-year-old picked up a leg injury.

But he felt Morby did well as he stuck to his survival gameplan and made Jeffries, an Olympic bronze medallist, look a world away from the rising star he is touted to be.

Ballingall said: ‘We were in with a strong kid and had a gameplan which Paul stuck to well.

‘He smothered his work and really frustrated him.

‘Common sense told us not to be too open against a puncher, so Paul didn’t allow him trade.

‘Paul had a leg injury and that caused him problems all week. It meant the fight nearly never happened.

‘There was never any time to get him ready for the contest. So for Paul to get through it like he did meant it was a good night.’

Morby now will aim to get back to winning ways as he fights next month on the Portsmouth pro fight card on October 15.

He takes on Jason Ball there and will be expected to get a win on the board.

Morby’s display in frustrating Jeffries has also seen other offers come his way.

Ballingall said: ‘Paul will fight on our show next and wants to put on a good performance there.

‘He has been told he will be able to fight other prospects from a well known matchmaker.

‘He could have a good future and has some decent options open to him.’