Queensbury National Middleweight champion Kieran Leinster believes he is just one fight away from reaching the pinnacle of the UK’s premier boxing league, as he prepares to make the second defence of his Queensbury National Middleweight championship next month.
The 22-year-old star from Teddington will meet old rival John Hefford at the Epsom Downs Racecourse on September 27th, when he bids to put their simmering rivalry to bed with another emphatic display, and after beating the Essex challenger back in February with a brutal fourth round knockout that featured on British Eurosport, Leinster is confident that no matter what shape Hefford turns up in on the night he will be leaving the ring empty handed once again.
Since their last encounter, the Teddington stylist has enhanced his reputation further by knocking out Northampton challenger Daniel Spencer in the first defence of his belt back in April, and the undefeated champion believes Hefford will be up against a much improved fighter when the pair share the ring once again.
Talking ahead of the crucial showdown the champion said, “ If John Hefford is as confident of wining this fight as he says he is then the league’s fans are in for an even more exciting fight than our first one.
“ Since knocking Hefford out back in February I’ve heard talk that he thought he was winning the fight, but for me he had a good first round and then I started to warm into the fight and I finished him off in emphatic fashion in the fourth.
“ This next fight for me is crucial if I’m going to reach the top of the division which has been my goal from the beginning, and I’ve got an even greater hunger to succeed being so close to my goals, so on the 27th of September I’m going to be in the best shape of my career and unfortunately for Hefford the result will be the same again.
Leinster’s title defence will feature as the co main event on the fourteen-fight bill taking place in the Oaks arena at the Epsom Racecourse in Surrey.