Gareth Gardner will look to secure his position as the number one Middleweight in the UK’s premier boxing league next month when he attempts to become only the second man in the promotions history to claim British titles in two different weight divisions when he tops the bill of the big Night Of Champions promotion in front of the Eurosport camera’s.
The talented twenty seven year old former amateur star announced his arrival in the league back in November when he produced a near punch perfect performance to extinguish the challenge of fellow title challenger Luke Dawson to capture the vacant Queensbury British Super Middleweight title, and on March the 10th at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey Gardner will attempt to add the British Middleweight belt to his collection when he drops down a division to face Streatham’s Michael McPherson at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey.
But the ambitious carpenter who has been training under the guidance of father Will since he first stepped foot inside a boxing gym at the age of eight say’s if he’s succeeds in claiming his second title on the 10th then he would not rule out another move down the weights to take on the league’s best Light Middleweights.
“ In my last fight against Dawson I took the bout at short notice in a weight division I’ve never competed in before, but I was confident that I could overcome the height and reach advantages he had over me and I executed the game plan perfectly” commented Gardner.
“ When I was boxing in the amateurs I was really a Welterweight, but coming back into the sports after my break I was naturally quite a bit heavier to start with, but now that that weight is coming off I feel great and I’m confident I can move back down the divisions gradually and hopefully win the title in each one”
The man tasked with spoiling Gardner’s lofty ambitions will be former amateur stylist Michael McPherson who was ringside to witness the champions stellar display last time out, but Gardner say’s he has already been working on his game plan for the fight and feels confident that victory will be his.
“I don’t know a lot about McPherson but I am aware of his former boxing record and his style of fighting and I will be boxing totally different to my last performance. This is going to be a very exciting fight and I’m very confident that it will be me victorious at the end”.
Also in action on the bill will be Croydon Super Middleweight Nigel James who gets his first title chance on the bill when he faces off against the formidable Ian Fletcher from Hastings in a clash for the vacant Southern Area title. Fletcher enters the contest off the back of a stunning two round demolition of the previously unbeaten firemen Dave Bennett, but James will not be intimidated after mixing with some of the league’s biggest hitters in the Light Heavyweight division and will be looking to send the south coast banger home empty handed.