Aberdeen’s Darren Traynor has jetted to a warm weather training camp in Tenerife to sweat it out with two world title contenders.
The 31-year-old and fellow Northern Sporting Club fighter Billy Stuart will both spar and train with twin brothers Ryan and Liam Walsh in preparation for upcoming fights this month.
Both Walsh brothers are British champions, with Ryan holding the featherweight Lonsdale belt and Liam the super featherweight belt.
Traynor will step up two weight divisions for a grudge match against defending champion Eddie Doyle for the Scottish Super lightweight title.
Granite City ABC-based Traynor, aka Trayn Wreck, has already secured Scottish title glory at two weight divisions and is gunning for a treble.
Stuart will fight on the undercard of Traynor’s national title fight as the super bantamweight bids to extend his 100% start to the professional ranks to five wins.
The Walsh brothers have used the mountains of Tenerife for isolated high intensity warm weather training camps as preparation for title fights.
This time they will be joined by the North-east duo.
Traynor insists it can only aid his own title aspirations. He said: “I will get quality sparring with the Walsh brothers in Tenerife.
“I know what level I have to be at and I want to be up there with fighters like Ryan Walsh.
“That is the level of opponent I want to go against so it will be great to work alongside him.
“There is still plenty in me and I still have plenty to learn.
“Hopefully this will be another good year for me.”
Stuart and Traynor will swap early morning runs in the dark, freezing cold in the Granite City for 20C heat in the Canary Islands.
Traynor said: “Being in the heat will help us as well because when you fight in a venue it can get really hot.
“The climate in Tenerife will be beneficial as the cold in Aberdeen can be distracting.
“Out in Tenerife there will be absolutely no distractions, it will just be sparring and training. Being away at a camp like this can refresh you.
“It will get me ready for the fight against Doyle and I am sure I will do the business when I face him for the Scottish title.”
There is an added dynamic to the sparring sessions with reigning British champ Ryan Walsh, who will defend his featherweight belt against Isaac Lowe at Manchester Arena on February 17.
Traynor was stopped in the fifth round in a British title fight against Walsh at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, in January 2016. Walsh had been in a deep training camp in Tenerife from before Christmas in preparation for his first title defence against the Aberdonian.
The 31-year-old Norfolk fighter has made four successful defences of his Lonsdale belt but suffered a 12-round split decision loss to Dennis Ceylan for the vacant European Featherweight title in 2016.
British, European, Commonwealth and WBO inter-continental champion Liam lost an IBF world super featherweight title fight to Gervonta Davis last May.
For Traynor there will be no animosity at that defeat, the first of his career, in Tenerife – only mutual respect and hard graft as they both prepare for title bouts later this month.
He said: “I caught Walsh in our fight, but when I did I stepped off – which I shouldn’t have.”
One of Walsh’s successful British title defences was a fifth-round stoppage of James Tennyson.
Four months ago Traynor lost a WBA International Super Featherweight title bout to holder Tennyson with a fifth-round stoppage in Belfast. He wants a rematch.
Traynor (14 wins, two losses)said: “I wish the referee hadn’t stopped the fight against Tennyson. I would rather be put down than stopped, or throw the towel in or give up.
“I am learning to keep control because when I get hit at times I just see the mist – I lose the head and go for it. I have a good chin, though, and got back up.
“With the Tennyson fight I went out blazing, left myself open and was caught.
“I want to fight Tennyson again because I know where I went wrong. I just have to keep my defence.”