It's a showdown that's been nearly a year in the making, and next Saturday night the wait will finally be over for Light Heavyweight Ben Middleton when he steps through the ropes to face long time rival Jason Chay on the under card of the big Courage Under Fire promotion at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel.
Originally scheduled to take place back in February as the main event of the league's popular Challenger Boxing Series 3 promotion, Middleton's clash with Chay had to be postponed after the then Novice champion suffered a serious hand injury just two weeks out from fight night, and then back in May Chay suffered the same fate for the rescheduled bout which looked to have ended all hope of the fight ever taking place.
But it appears Middleton's desire to finally get things on and put an end to the lingering question of who would prevail when the rivals met was just too great, and next weekend the league's fans will finally get their answers when the pair collide.
Power house Middleton has already established his reputation in the league as a devastating finisher after recording the two quickest knockout wins in the competitions history, but chincks in his armour have been apparent during his last two performances after dropping a points decision to rising contender Joe Jackson Brown, and then losing his title in dramatic fashion to challenger Roo Abbott last time out in the very first round of the bout. But with the incentive of a crack at conquerer Abbott early next year if he can emerge victorious from the impending battle will definitely add an extra bit of spark to an already explosive cocktail.
Talking ahead of the crcial encounter Brighton's Middleton seemed unfazed by his previous results and feels ready to return to winning ways with another trademark finish.
" I'm really looking forward to finally meeting Jason in the ring and I know this is going to be a very entertaining fight for the fans to enjoy, commented Middleton.
" For the first fight I badly injured my hand 2 weeks out and had to call it off, and then Jason damaged his hand which again saw teh fight cancelled, but this time I think we are both ready to go and I'm looking for a big win"
"Last time out against Abbott I wasn't at my best, but taking nothing away from Roo my hand injury had flarred up a week before the contest and I wasn't right, but Roo won fair and square but I really want the chance of redemption for that night"
"I know Jason is going to be tough, and he comes out of the O'Neills gym which always breeds strong fit fighters, but I'm feeling good and I'm looking forward to the 26th now"