TONY JEFFRIES is determined not to allow adrenaline to get the better of him tonight.
The Sunderland fighter makes his ring return tonight in Belfast, where he faces local favourite Tommy Tolan.
Jeffries is eager to impress after being held to a draw in his last fight, but knows he needs to box clever.
“I can’t wait to get in there,” said the Olympic bronze medal winner.
“But I have to be careful not to start off frantic and forget everything we’ve been working on in the gym.
“If the chance is there to finish it early, I’ll try to take it but I’ll stay in control and pick my shots.”
Promoter Frank Maloney believes Jeffries has got ragged at times chasing early stoppages.
He and Jeffries are keen to see how the first few weeks working with American trainer Tommy Brooks has improved the Sunderland fighter.
Jeffries said: “I had some really good sparring over in America and Tommy spent loads of time working with me one-to-one.
“He sees every little detail and is constantly at me to do the right things.
“It’s not a massive change to my style but they’re the little details, like my movement, that will hopefully make me better.
“We’ve only been working together for five minutes, really, so Tommy has said he’s not expecting miracles in this fight.
“But I want to show him I’ve listened to the things he’s been teaching me and I can take them into the ring with me.”
Jeffries is unbeaten in his eight professional contests so far, winning the first seven before that disappointing draw with Michael Banbula in July.
Tonight is Tolan’s eighth pro bout. He’s won four – three of them thanks to stoppages – and lost three.