Hot on the h eels of the league's successful Night Of Champions promotion that took place on Saturday March 10th at the Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, Queensbury promoters Ross Minter and Alan Foley have confirmed that their next explosive evening of championship boxing Striking Distance will take place on Saturday April 28th at the Effingham Park Hotel, and the promotional duo believe that this next installment of their hugely popular boxing series has all the ingredients to produce another unmissable night of fistic action.
Headlining the exciting fourteen fight bill will be reigning Queensbury British Welterweight champion Patrick Fielder who returns to action for the first time since claiming the title back in September with victory over Lee Dalglish, and the popular champion from Bexleyheath in Kent will face a stern test in his first defence when he takes on Ramsgate's aggressive Anthony Hill. The challenger enters the contest off the back of a gutsy performance that saw him decision the talented Terry Russell on the league's Night Of Champions show, but after watching Hill's bout against Russell from ringside the champion feels confident he has the style to remain unbeaten in the league and predicts the contest will produce the fight of the night. For Hill the fight represents his biggest opportunity his his boxing career so far and say's that his training for the fight is going really well and he's looking forward to putting on a good show.
Light Middleweight's James Harrison and Elton Smart will contest the vacant Queensbury British Light Welterweight title when the pair meet in one of of the feature attractions on the night. Harrison enjoyed a lengthy amateur and professional career and brings a wealth of experience to the table, but Smart has plied his trade outside of the league racking up fifteen wins from sixteen outings and looks hungry to impress in what could turn out to be the pick of the evenings action.
Tadworth's undefeated Middleweight Jimmy Mizon will also be in action when he drops to Light Middleweight to contest the vacant Queensbury Southern Area title. Mizon has built up an impressive CV during his time in the league amassing an unblemished record, and the aggressive all action stylist looks set to face his sternest test on the show with a number of top ranked contenders waiting in the wings to try an relieve him of his undefeated credentials.
In Cruiserweight title action Oxford based Pole Wojciech Wieczorek returns to action after impressing in his last outing in the league back in February to challenge Croydon's Steve Orford for the vacant Southern Area belt, and Warlingham's former Queensbury Novice Welterweight Champion Tom Knight will get an unexpected shot at the title he lost back in February at the hands of Eastbourne's Gary Doocey after the newly crowned champion Doocey relinquished the belt. Knight was originally scheduled to face long time Welterweight rival Lee Cannon in an eliminator for the title on the Striking Distance bill, but that contest has now been elevated to full title status, and with both men entering the contest looking to stamp their name on one of the league's most competitive divisions, the winner can look forward to some big fights down the line in 2012.
Featuring on the packed undercard there will be a number of hot prospects eager to impress, and a new crop of debutants to the league who will be hoping they can make a name for themselves in the UK's premier boxing league. In a battle of the bangers Brighton's Ben Middleton returns to action after an extended break from competition and will move down to the league's Light Heavyweight division to face Redhill's Scott Charlton. Middleton recorded the league's fastest ever knockout in his last performance up at Cruiserweight, but will have his hands full on the 28th when he faces's Charlton who recorded a very impressive victory of his own back in February when he despatched London's Mark Porter in under a minute of the opening round of their clash with a thunderous right hand.
Making his first appearance in the league after watching the success of his stablemates from the O'Neils Gym at the last few league events, Margate's Chas Appetti will be looking to announce his arrival in the highly competitive Light Middleweight division, and the league will welcome back Morden's former British Welterweight title challenger Lee Dalglish, Crawley's Light Welterweight prospect Tobiano Mancuso and Liverpool's explosive Kevin Burns.
Tickets for the event are now available priced at £30, £45 and £60, and are available from all of the boxers competing on the event and directly from the league, so make sure you don't miss out on what promises to be another pulsating night of action.