Gardner wins fourth Queensbury Boxing League title
Gareth Gardner produced a near punch perfect display on Saturday to claim the Queensbury Boxing League’s British light middleweight title by a unanimous decision.
The 28-year-old carpenter from New Addington entered the contest at Epsom Downs Racecourse off the back of an incredible run of form that had seen him claim titles in three different weight divisions. And it was clear from the very opening seconds of his latest title challenge that he would not be denied a fourth as he set about champion Aaron Lowery with ferocious intent unleashing vicious combinations that left the judges and the packed arena in no doubt who the victor would be.
Talking after the contest the delighted newly crowned champion Gardner was quick to give praise to the former champion, and said he had really enjoyed another memorable night in his boxing career.
“Lowery was a lot better than I thought he would be, and I have to give him credit for playing his part in a fantastic fight," commented Gardner.
“We’d been working on loads of new things in the gym in the build up to this fight and I really thought I would be able to stop him with those body shots I was landing in there, but fair play to Aaron, he took everything I gave him and he was a worthy champion.”
Looking ahead after what ranks as one of the greatest performances inside the league during its short history, Gardner has set his sights on defending the title and taking on whoever the league wants to give him.
“I think I deserve a rest after Saturday night, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the gym over the coming weeks and defending this title against whoever the shows promoters put in front of me.”
Also in action was Gardner’s stable mate Steve Orford who produced the knockout of the night when he successfully defended his Southern Area Cruiserweight title by destroying Brighton-based challenger Mark Smith in the third round of their contest with a brutal left hand that robbed Smith of every ounce of his senses.
Orford making the second defence of his crown looked in control of the contest during the fight, but had to take a number of spirited shots from the ambitious Smith in an exciting opener, but when Orford’s southpaw straight left caught Smith in the third round it was game over as referee Ken Curtis had no option but to waive the contest off with Smith’s legs doing a funny dance in his own corner.
With both contests due to be televised later in March on prominent sports channel British Eurosport, both champions can look forward to seeing their nights work again.