Tommy Frank is in the fight of his life on May 5th but promoter and manager Steve Crump believes the Sheffield fighter has enough to come out on top when he defends his British Flyweight Title at the Rotherham Magna Centre – LIVE AND FREE ON FIGHTZONE.

Frank takes on Jay Harris (pictured) in a huge test of his credentials, with the winner looking towards a European Title shot – and the loser facing a long road back to the top table.

Harris has all the pedigree, being a previous top amateur and with fighting running through his veins … dad, Peter, was British Featherweight champion back in the late 80s.

The Welshman also has greater experience and has fought in better company.  A former European and Commonwealth belt-holder, Harris travelled to The States in 2020 for a brave but unsuccessful shot at the WBC World Flyweight crown, losing over 12 rounds to Julio Cesar Martinez.

With just three defeats in 22 fights, Jay is undoubtedly a formidable challenge for ‘Super’ Tommy but Fight Academy chief Crump believes an upset could be on the cards.  Harris has suffered two stoppage defeats in his last four fights and, at 32, is at the tail end of his excellent career.

A win for Frank, 15-2-1 (3), would be a real scalp.  Having won the British belt in 2019 against Matt Windle before a contentious first defence victory against Craig Derbyshire last year, the 29-year-old needs a statement win and Crump – who heads up Fight Academy alongside Dennis Hobson and Stephen Vaughan – is convinced this is Tommy’s time.

“This is going to be a tough fight for both guys.  Tommy has wanted to step up and be involved in big fights, so this is the perfect acid-test for him.   

“I can see it going the distance but I believe Tommy will shave it on a points decision.  Tommy’s career has stuttered a bit since Covid and the lockdown, but there’s a real determination in him and he rises to the occasion. 

“Tommy is probably that bit fresher than Jay, but Jay has the better experience.  In the early rounds, I see Jay keeping up with Tommy but as the fight goes on, Tommy’s youthfulness will pull him through and he’ll shade it, in what will be a brilliant fight.

“What I do know is that Tommy will be in brilliant condition.  He’s a consummate professional and will be in the shape of his life.  When we get him the big fights, he shines – and I know that he’ll leave everything in the ring.”