Warlingham’s Gareth Gardiner cemented his position as the number one Super Middleweight in the Queensbury Boxing League with a comprehensive points victory on Saturday evening to claim the vacant Queensbury British Super Middleweight title at the Effingham Park Hotel in Copthorne, West Sussex.
Boxing in front of an army of supporters that had made the journey down to support the popular twenty seven year old originally from New Addington, Gardner produced a near punch perfect performance to shut out fellow challenger Luke Dawson over five electric rounds of action to lift the title.
Entering the contest with a considerable height and reach advantage, Dawson looked supremely confident as he marched into the centre of the ring flexing his muscles as referee Seamus Dunne read out his final instructions to both boxers, but as the action started Gardner fighting out of the Juggernauts boxing gym under the guidance of his father Will looked like a man possessed and he jump on top of Dawson forcing him backwards as he unloaded a barrage of stinging punches that clattered into the ribcage of the outgunned challenger. As the opening stanza came to its conclusion it was clear that Gardner was in the ascendancy with his superior work rate, and as Dawson made his way back to his corner the look of confidence displayed in the opening seconds of the round had been punched away by the relentless Gardner.
As the rounds unfolded the fight continued in a similar pattern to the first with Dawson unable to come to term with Gardner’s continued forward assaults, and although Dawson did find his own success with a number of hurtful looking body shots, he was unable to create the space required to make his physical advantages pay off and was forced to spend the majority of the five rounds on the back foot trying to fend off the vicious body attacks being dished out by the unstoppable Gardner.
As the final bell of the championship contest rang out rang out there was no doubt at ringside who the victor was going to be, and as MC George Noble read out the unanimous decision result in favour of Garner the crowd erupted jubilantly with cheers of Gardner, Gardner ringing out around the arena.
Commenting after the fight the newly crowned champion was quick to attribute his success to the hard work put in during his training camp and the coaching of his father Will and trainers Chris Stone and John Warren at the gym and said he had sold too many tickets to friends and family to let anyone down.
“ It was a tough fight and he caught me with some hurtful body shots in there that really stopped me in my tracks, but I was determined not to let anyone of my friends and family down that had come there tonight to support me and it all came good on the night”
“I’m going to enjoy a few days off now and then I will be back in the gym on Wednesday to get straight back into training and hopefully I will be back in the ring in February or March”
With Gardner now the man to beat in the league’s Super Middleweight division there will be no shortage of opponents ready to challenge the champion when the league kicks off its 2012 season in February at the East Grinstead Sports club.