After just five fights as a professional, Jay Hughes made the decision to split with veteran trainer David Binns.

The youngster who is tipped for the top said the split was on good terms and that he needed a change to regain ‘the fire in his belly again.’

Hughes, who had been with Binns since 14, said: “The split had nothing to do with Dave himself, he’s like a father figure to me and I would never have a bad word to say about him.

“The problem was that I hadn’t been myself within my training where I was only putting about 60% effort in also I didn’t have that fire in my belly for upcoming fights,” Hughes added.

The 55-year-old, who currently trains Sunderland born Glenn Foot and recently retired Warren Baister, had been in the corner of Hughes for his first five successful fights as a professional.

The 20-year-old also revealed his desire to make the most of his career and highlighted that not all fighters get a career as long as they would like.

Hughes said: “Although I am young only 20, you still only get a short time to achieve great things within boxing.

“David understood that when I spoke to him about potentially moving on and that shows what a true gentleman he is.”

The youngster they call ‘Jay boy’, also said that he hopes to box again in the early stages of 2018, once he finds himself a new coach.