Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Truscott Spurred on by Strife; BOXING

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Truscott Spurred on by Strife; BOXING

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Byline: ADAM STEEL

REFOCUSED Paul Truscott is using a year of personal strife to motivate him to fresh professional success as he steps back into the boxing arena tonight.

The former Commonwealth featherweight champion revealed his championship money has dried up while he has been fighting a custody battle for his six-year-old son Jay-Lewis.

The 24-year-old Teessider returns to the ring for the type of test he is more accustomed to when he puts his purist-pleasing skills on display against Zsolt Nagy in Wigan this evening.

Truscott's season opener is a get-ready for a British super-featherweight title eliminator against Carl Johanesson and the South Bank stylist cannot wait to get back on the gravy train and put another foot on the championship ladder.

Truscott won the Commonwealth title in his 11th fight before suffering two defeats to John Simpson and is convinced the good times will roll for him again after insisting he has come of age in the midst of hard times outside the ring.

"Everything went a bit pear-shaped from last September when I broke my hand in the second Simpson fight," he said.

"I hadn't boxed for nine months before my last one against Nikita Lukin and people think you're a millionaire because you're a professional boxer.

"The championship money has well and truly dried up, I've spent it in court for my little boy and it's got to the point where if I have to get another job, whether it's working in a warehouse or whatever, I will.

"I'm a grafter but at the same time I want to box at the end of the day and I don't want to leave this sport thinking 'what if I never worked, I might have had 10% more'.

"I'm under the breadline but it has re-lit my fire. Even though I've got these worries in my life I'm more self-assured, I feel as though I know myself more now.

"I want to get this one out of the way and move on to the big boys. …

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