Danny Lineham say’s he is determined to fulfil his title dreams next month when he returns to the ring to challenge for the Queensbury British Middleweight title in front of the British Eurosport camera's at the Ally Pally in London.
The thirty four year old roofer from Duston will get his second crack at the coveted British belt on Saturday March 15th against Surrey’s Ruben Giles in the co main event of the Capital Shakedown promotion, and Northampton’s Lineham believes now that he has the hunger back for boxing he will be more than ready to add the British version of the title to his collection after already winning the National title in 2013.
Lineham was last in action back in June when he suffered the heartbreak of defeat for the first time in his league career when he was forced to retire on his stool at the end of the second round against reigning champion Gareth Gardner after fracturing his hand in the opening exchanges of a heated encounter, and although the injury was serious enough to finish his title challenge that night, Lineham admits it was more painful for him to take the decision to stop the fight for fear of causing more permanent damage to his hand.
“ I’ve never walked away from anything in boxing, and when I had to make that choice in the Gardner fight to stop the contest because of the pain and what further damage I might have done, I took it really hard and lost my love for the sport, commented Lineham.
"After the initial disappointment of that fight and the frustration of not being able to get back to the gym because of my hand, I’ve gradually got the hunger back for boxing, and now with this British title opportunity, and it being at the Alexandra Palace in London I’m now more determined than ever to win the title I set out to get.
“Training wise the fight is still a way to go but at this stage of my preparation I’m already feeling fit and strong, and I’m focussed on what the prize is and what I’m fighting for so I know what I need to do to win.
"I don't know too much about Ruben Giles other than he's had five pro fights and won them all before he stopped boxing professionally, so this is going to be a tough fight but they all are when you are at this level in the league.
To watch Linehams's latest interview for Queensbury TV filmed at the Alexandra Palace CLICK HERE