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Gardner ready to make Summer Statement

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Queensbury Boxing League legend and now professional contender Gareth Gardner has vowed to overcome his latest setback and realise his dream of claiming a professional title this summer.

The 32-year old ‘Croydon Crowd Pleaser’ came up short in his last bout, a frustrating International Masters contest against Tommy Jacobs which ended in a points defeat. Despite the disappointment of losing, Gardner offers no excuses.

“When the contest ended, I knew Tommy had done more than enough to win. Everything had gone right in training so I’ve got no excuses. I just didn’t start quick enough on the night.”

Having shown his best form at welterweight, Gardner took the highly publicised matchup with Jacobs at light-middleweight and the size difference was evident on the night against the skilful Colchester southpaw. While he has no regrets, the Croydon man now has his sights set back on his optimum weight division.

“I’ve been offered a fight at welterweight for the International Silver Masters Title on June 30th at the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Park. This is a ten-round contest which will get me noticed by the main governing bodies if I can win it. I felt good over eight rounds last time so doing ten will be no problem!

“I’ve been ticking over and been out running. Next week I’ll start a twelve-week camp with my Dad, Will Gardner, along with John Warren and Chris Stone at Warriors Gym. As always we’ll move around to get some top sparring.”

Having won a string of titles in the amateur ranks as well as record-breaking success in the Queensbury Boxing League, Gardner has unfinished business before he thinks of hanging up the gloves. “I want to win a professional title and keep the family boxing name alive. The Gardners have been a part of the boxing landscape for three generations and I want to keep that going.”

Queensbury Promoter / Matchmaker and Gardner’s Manager Ross Minter believes the best is still to come from the New Addington boxer. “I don’t think Gareth has shown his full potential yet as a professional. The opportunity to fight Tommy at light-middleweight was too tempting for him to refuse, but I think he learned he can’t get away with giving weight away like he used to in League competition.

“Fighting and hopefully winning over ten rounds is the best way to get noticed in the international rankings. This will open up some doors for us and we can also look at taking a fight abroad if the opportunity arises.

“Gareth works very hard, trains at a high level and deserves to move on in the sport, so I am sure this next step at the weight he should be competing at will move him in the right direction will move him in the right direction. So, we are all looking forward to June 30th.”

Tickets for Gareth Gardner’s International Silver Masters Title fight in Effingham Park will be on sale soon. In the meantime, the League’s attention turns to April 21st at Epsom Racecourse for ‘Divide and Conquer’. Secure your place now by calling the QBL Hotline on 0203 7518599.

Lawrence Lofts





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