London's Alexandra Palace has become famous for its spectacular fireweorks displays, and Lowestoft Light Middleweight Matty Piper has told fans to expect sparks to fly in the ring this month, when he steps through the ropes at the Ally Pally for his first fight in over a year.
Piper will take on Northampton’s former National champion Nathan “Too Slick” Leeson in a mouth-watering collision at the League’s first big arena show of the year on the 14th of March, and Piper is confident that the real winners will the shows fans when the two warriors go toe to toe at the historic venue.
It will be the first time both Piper and Leeson have entered the ring in over a year after injuries and issues outside of the sport have kept the duo sidelined, but a rejuvenated Piper say’s he feels eager to lace the gloves back on now after all his injury issues are behind him and taking on Leeson on his return has given him a massive incentive to put the extra gym time in.
Talking ahead of the fight after coming face to face with his rival in central London to promote the fight Piper said: “The last year has been a nightmare for me what with injuries and issues outside of the ring, but now I’m firing on all cylinders and I’m ready to fight.
“ Fighting Leeson is a massive opportunity for me has he’s a good name in the league and he’s held titles as well, but I feel its my time to shine now and I think this fight will be remembered at the end of the show as one of the best.
Leeson last fought in the competition back in 2014 when he could only manage a draw against title challenger Dan Maguire, but Piper admits he’s going to need to bring his A game on the night to beat the stylish switch hitter.
“The key to this fight is going to be who keeps things tucked up and who has the best defence, commented Piper.
“ We both like to come forward and throw power punches and I also love a good tear up, so you can guarantee there are going to be fireworks in the fight and I won’t be surprised if one of us ends up gong down.
Also in action alongside Piper on the shows packed undercard, Lowestoft stable mate David Payne will return from his unsuccessful title challenge last time out against Duane Sinclair to take on Dominic Felix down at Light Heavyweight.
Campaigning up in the Light Cruiserweight division last time out, Payne has targeted a second crack at the champion Sinclair who also holds the Light Heavyweight title if he can beat Felix on the 14th, and after Felix was stopped in his last contest the Lowestoft banger will be hoping he can send out a statement to his rivals with an impressive victory.
Both Piper and Payne will appear on the undercard of the aptly named Thunder In London promotion on Saturday March 14th at the Alexandra Palace, and for more information on the rest of the line click HERE