Gareth Gardner says his next opponent Frank Smith has his undivided attention as he prepares to meet his next challenge in the league.
The thirty-year-old multi weight champion will face fellow undefeated rival Smith for the vacant Queensbury British Middleweight title on Saturday September 27th in the main event of the league's Every Second Counts promotion at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, and Gardner has set his sights on continuing his phenomenal run in the show that has seen him reign supreme since he joined back in 2012.
Gardner was last in action back in March at the Alexandra Palace in London when he edged out Kent rival Sam Holloway to capture the Light Middleweight belt, but Gardner will again look to repeat history by moving up a division to recapture the belt he relinquished back in 2013 when he temporarily retired from the competition.
Talking ahead of his impending showdown with the latest challenger to his mantle as the shows most successful fighter Gardner said, “This is another big fight for me and one I’m taking very seriously, so my whole focus now is on what I’ve got to do to win that belt”
“ I remember Frank Smith from the amateurs and he’s a strong kid who looks like he can bang, but I’ve faced lots of big hitters in the league before and I think I’ve proved I can take a shot, but at this stage of my career I can't afford to keep taking those type of shots so I'm going to be clever in this one.
“ I’ve got a game plan for this fight and I've been working on lots of different things in the gym after seeing the mistakes I made in the Holloway fight, so now its down to me to work on that as we head toward the fight, but I just hope Frank Smith is taking this fight seriously as when I watched him in his last contest he looked more interested in playing up to the crowd than boxing and he won’t get the chance to do that when he’s in the ring with me.
Gardner’s showdown against Smith will headline the Queensbury Boxing League’s big night of championship action taking place on Saturday September 27th at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, and for information on the rest of the line up click HERE