Morden Cruiserweight Dean Hanley has promised to deliver a special performance this weekend when he challenges Brighton’s Mark “The Hammer” Smith for the vacant Queensbury Cruiserweight title at the big Night Of Champions promotion at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey.
The twenty nine year old former kickboxing champion turned boxer has been sidelined from the sport since November last year after suffering a serious knee injury during his training for his last fight, but with that injury now behind him Hanley believes the extra preparation time for this title opportunity has helped him evolve into a completely different fighter and he feels more than ready to return home with the belt when he steps into the ring.
The man nominated by the league to challenge Hanley for the title carries the fearsome moniker of “The Hammer” due to the power carried in his right hand, but Hanley feels confident he has discovered a remedy for this potent weapon and say’s he will reveal his master plan on the night.
“ I know all about Smith’s power and I know that he hits really hard so I’m taking this fight more seriously than any other before it,” commented Hanley.
“ Mark’s a strong lad who has a big heart and can take a shot and I know he’s going to be coming into this fight fitter than he’s ever been so it’s going to come down to whoever wants this fight the most will win”
Hanley who now bases his training under the guidance of Scot Dearling at the Box London training facility say’s his transformation from Kickboxer is finally complete and its all down to the team at the gym, and believes that it will be his attention to detail during his long training camp that will make the difference during the fight.
“ I’ve been training twice a day in preparation for this chance and I know every fighter will tell you the same thing coming into a fight that they are in the best shape of their lives, but I really am for this one and it’s going to be an exciting fight,”
“I want to make a big impression at the show and with it being filmed for Eurosport there is a massive incentive to look impressive and that’s what I am aiming to do”
With Hanley’s fight making up just part of the aptly named Night Of Champions event, the weekend promises to deliver one of the most anticipated nights of boxing the South East has ever seen.