Queensbury Boxing League head of promotions Alan Foley has confirmed today that the league's reigning undefeated British Middleweight and Light Middleweight champion Gareth Gardner has confirmed that he will be taking a break from the competition and will be relinquishing all of his titles at this time.
The exciting twenty eight year old from New Addington in Surrey first stepped foot into the competition back in November 2011 after finishing a highly successful career in the amateur ranks, and instantly captured the attention of the shows fans with a dominant victory over highly touted prospect Luke Dawson to win the first of his British titles up at Super Middleweight. Gardner then went on to add the league's Middleweight title to his growing list of achievements with another impressive performance over Streatham's Michael Mcpherson, and after defending that title, then went on to produce arguably his best performance in March of this year, when he ripped the British Light Middleweight crown away from defending champion Aaron Lowery to become the only man in the history of the competition to win British titles in three separate weight divisions. Gardner was last in action at the end of June at the league's "Too Hot To Handle" promotion when he successfully defended his Middleweight title for the third time against challenger Danny Lineham during an explosive two round war that ended with Lineham retiring at the end of the second after sustaining a broken hand during the opening round of the contest.
Talking after the announcement Foley said: "Gareth Gardner is unquestionably the most successful champion we've ever had compete in the league, and when you look back over what he has achieved so far, its safe to say that its going to be difficult for another fighter to produce what he has done"
"Gareth has become a big part of the competition over the last eighteen months, and real favourite with the league's fans. Hopefully this will not be the end of the Gardner story in the league as Gareth has always made it clear he would love to challenge for the vacant British Welterweight title to create another piece of history, so who knows what will happen"
Speaking in an interview with the league, Gardner confirmed that he would be taking time out to concentrate on family and his work commitments, but had not ruled out a return to compete once he had considered all the options.
"Its been a fantastic time for me competing in the league and I'd just like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has been there to help me on this journey, and all of the support from my family and friends who have come out to watch me at ever show. I've made some great friends during my time in the league, and I'd like to wish all the other fighters good luck for the rest of the season"
"I've sacrificed a lot to get where I am, and at this moment in time I feel I need to take a break from boxing and concentrate on other things, but I still feel there is plenty left for me in boxing, and hopefully I will be back at some stage in the future"
"I'd like to say a huge thank you to my dad Will who has been with me ever step of the way, Chris, John and Kev down at Juggernauts boxing gym in East Grinstead who have helped me out during every camp, and also to Ross Minter and Alan Foley for giving me the opportunities in the show"