English literature graduate Kieran Leinster will be hoping he can deliver a boxing lesson later this month when he steps through the ropes to challenge Oxfords Terry Russell for the vacant Queensbury Boxing League Southern Area Middleweight title.
The twenty one year old student from Teddington who recently graduated from St Mary’s University College in Twickenham after completing his studies in English Language and Literature, will face unquestionably his biggest challenge inside the ring in just over two weeks time at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey when he takes on the league’s former undefeated Light Middleweight champion in front of the British Eurosport camera’s.
Teddington’s undefeated prospect has racked up an impressive winning streak under the tutelage of coach Peter Simon since first lacing up the gloves, and after completing his academic endeavours, Leinster has promised to deliver and knockout performance and pass his biggest test with flying colours.
“This title shot is definitely my hardest test so far in my boxing career, but Iike always I’m very confident of coming away with the win, commented Leinster.
“I wasn’t happy with my last performance in the league, but even when I didn’t perform to anywhere near my best ability I still got the win so this time I’m really looking forward to going in there and facing Russell”
Leinster’s opponent Russell has already firmly established his credentials in the competition after stringing together an impressive run in the weight division below, culminating with him claiming the Light Middleweight version of the title back in November with a dominent display against Arthif Daniel, but a confident Leinster believes that the pressure will firmly be on Russell come fight night, and that he will walk away with the title and his undefeated record intact.
“My training for this fight has been going really well, and I’m really looking to make a statement in this contest. I’m a pressure fighter with heavy hands who loves to go toe to toe with my opponents, but this time I’m looking at mixing it up a bit and also using my boxing brain, so its going to be an exciting fight”
Leinster’s title challenge will feature on the undercard of the British Middleweight title showdown between Croydon’s Gareth Gardner and Northampton’s Danny Lineham, and tickets for the show are priced at £35, £50 and £65.