After dominating the Queensbury Boxing League last season, New Addington Middleweight sensation Gareth Gardner say’s he is ready for another exciting year when he laces up the gloves on Saturday night for his return to action.
The twenty eight year old carpenter secured his position as the number one competitor in the competition last season after winning all five of his league appearances on British Eurosport with some impressive displays. But the likeable champion will face arguably his toughest assignment this coming Saturday at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, when he drops back down a division to face British Light Middleweight ruler Aaron Lowery in one of the biggest title clashes in the history of the competition.
But after claiming titles in three different weight divisions during his eighteen month undefeated reign inside the league, Gardner feels confident he will have all the tools necessary to add Lowery’s title to his trophy cabinet when the pair meet.
“I’m really looking forward to facing Lowery this Saturday night, and I’m very confident I’ve got the skills to beat him, commented Gardner.
“I had a blinding year in 2012 and had some tough fights which did take its toll on me, but I’ve had a nice break now and feel confident and ready to continue my winning streak starting on March 16th”
“I’ve known Aaron for a while now after boxing on a number of the same events and we've become good friends, and although I’ve got a lot of respect for him and his gym, that will be all left outside the ring come fight night as I’m coming to take his title.
Also appearing alongside Gardner on the bill will be stable mate and fellow Queensbury champion Steve Orford who will make the second defence of his Southern Area Cruiserweight strap against the man nicknamed the Hammer. Orford was last in action back in September when he defeated Bournemouth challenger Louis Kerley in an all action affair that featured as part of the league’s main event show on British Eurosport, but Orford will now face Brighton’s big hitting Mark Smith who has promised the champion he will be facing his biggest challenge so far.