Queenbury Boxing League legend Gareth Gardner will create boxing history next month, when he steps through the ropes at the millennium arena in West Sussex to become the first British boxer to compete on the exciting new Queensbury professional boxing competition.
The 31-year-old crowd pleaser from New Addington in Surrey has dominated the ranks of the competition over the past five years, becoming the most prolific champion in the league's history, and Gardner will take the next step on his exciting boxing journey on Saturday June 18th, as he targets success in the professional ranks.
The sport of boxing appears to run in the veins of the Gardner clan, with multiple generations of Gardner’s all plying their skills in the prize fighting ring, and the latest in a long line of pugilists is hoping he can stamp his name on the sport, and reach the very top.
“The last 5 years have been an exciting journey in the Queensbury Boxing League for me, and we’ve had some amazing nights"
"But now its time to take the next step and I can’t wait for June 18th, commented Gardner.
“Boxing is in the Gardner blood. My Dad Will has coached me since I was a kid in the amateur ranks, and his dad was an amateur back in the early 1920’ at the Applegarth club in Croydon"
"Also all my uncles on the Gardner side have boxed including my late uncle Derek who boxed as a pro in the seventies”
Gardner will enter the pro ranks off the back of capturing Queensbury British titles in three different weight divisions, a feat no other boxer has ever achieved in the competition.
The former champion, who never tasted defeat in all eleven of his title fights believes his ring exploits over the past few years will make the switch to the pro’s much easier.
“ I think all my experience from the amateurs and the last few years in Queensbury will really help make the transition to the pro’s"
"I’m used to boxing over five two’s which has meant the fights are always fought at a frenetic pace, so with the longer rounds in the pro game I think you will see much more skill and finesse as I’ll have more time to work”
Over the years Gardner has built up a huge army of fans with his all action style and relentless determination seen in all of his fights, and the Croydon native is confident his fans will be out in force on the 18th to see his professional debut.
“ The support from all my fans has always been amazing, and now that I’m going pro I think its will only get bigger”
“ I’ve always competed and tested myself against fighters who were naturally bigger than me, but for my debut I’m moving down to Welterweight and on June 18th you will see me at my best”
“ I’ve won British titles in 3 weight divisions in the league, but ultimately I want to do the same as a pro, so it all starts next month and I know its going to be a great night"
Gardner’s professional debut will feature as the main event at the Reisser History In The Making promotion taking place on Saturday June 18th in the millennium arena at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel in West Sussex, and for ticket information contact the Box Office on 0203 751 8599