Beckton Light Middleweight champion Marlon Stuart says he will only have victory on his mind when he steps into the ring to make the first defence his Queensbury British Light Middleweight belt on Saturday September 17th at the exclusive Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey.
Making the first defence of his crown since capturing the belt back in April when he dethroned previously unbeaten champion Lewis Pinto with a devastating first round knockout victory, Stuart will be looking forward to getting back into the mix after suffering from a number of injury problems that have kept him sidelined since his stunning victory. And with the prospect of defending his title for the first time drawing closer, Stuart seems determined to emulate the winning formula that saw him capture one of the league’s biggest prizes.
“I’m really looking forward to defending my title on the 17th and putting the past few months of injuries behind me. After winning the belt back in April I took a short break before getting back into training and after a few sessions my groin really started to hurt. Unfortunately the injury got worse and worse forcing me out of my first scheduled defence in June which was really frustrating. But the injury seems to be fine now and training has been going really well so I can’t wait to get back in there and defend my belt”
The man faced with the task of trying to relieve Stuart of his championship credentials comes in the shape of experienced ex amateur boxer Dan Lawrence from Bexleyheath in Kent, and with Lawrence entering the contest off the back of an impressive second round stoppage victory over the tough Brendan Cookman from Bournemouth, his sights will be firmly set on ending the champions reign at the top of the Light Middleweight division, and walking away with the prize.But for Stuart the opportunity to remain champion is not something he is taking lightly and he is well aware of the man standing in his way and what will be required to remain unbeaten.
“I don’t know too much about Lawrence but I understand he fought a good fight last time out against an awkward opponent so he is going to be tough. He’s looks persistent and good at what he does so for me it’s going to be all about concentration and hard work which is going to earn me that victory”
With both Stuart and Lawrence possessing knockout power it could prove to be a short nights work for either man if they are able to connect, and if Stuart emerges victorious there is the possibility of a rematch in the pipeline with Roundshaw’s Pinto if he also makes a winning return on the same bill. To watch both Stuart and Lawrence in action in their previous bouts check out the links below to the leagues YouTube channel.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3ykwn9bRSc Stuart vs Pinto
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYoNwwTYSWg Lawrence vs Cookman