Boxing - Gloucester prospects set to shine on May 11

Championship boxing returns to the GL1 Leisure Centre on May 11 and some of Gloucester’s finest up-and-coming prospects will be looking to further their blossoming careers.

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Former lightweight and welterweight Western Counties titlist Danny Carter will fight in his home city for the second time on the card as he continues his unbeaten professional career. The 30-year-old southpaw is looking to make it four wins in a row after a successful start in the paid ranks.

Carter, a ground-worker by day, has so far beaten experienced men Billy Smith and Kristian Laight by wide point scores and looks set to get his 2013 campaign off to a winning start.

23-year-old Todd Roberts (2-1) is looking to extend his winning run after recording a convincing victory in his last contest. And a trainer switch to Rich Fernan will help move the Gloucester fighter to the next stage of his career.

“I’m still at the horseshoe gym in Swindon, but I’m with Rich Farnan now and we are working on settling into the light-middleweight division”

Talking about his only defeat against William Warburton in his second bout, Todd explains that dropping down in weight really contributed to his lackluster performance that night.

“I didn’t feel like myself because making the weight took so much out of me. I still feel that for a championship fight I could make welterweight and have time to recover. But when I have to weigh in on the same day, it is too much of an ask.”

Gloucester’s Andy Harris has only been a professional fighter for six weeks and has already built up a solid reputation after a creditable performance against 2012 Olympic boxing captain and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tom Stalker in his last outing.

“I took the Tom Stalker fight on short notice, but I’m always fit and love boxing. I went in there after a week or so of focused training and tried to execute a game plan of tucking up over the first two rounds and then coming on strong after that”

Looking to get his first win, the brick-layer by day is looking forward to boxing at home.

“It’s been hard fighting away so far, especially in Liverpool but I’m looking forward to boxing here at the GL1 and having the fans behind me for a change.”

Finally, Gloucestershire’s Lewis van Poetch (1-1) aims to return to winning ways on the card. “Poetchy”, a serving soldier with experience in Afghanistan, was pipped by a single point in his last outing by Jerome Samuels in a crowd-pleasing contest.

“I underestimated his height and reach advantages in that one. But training is going well and I feel far fitter now than I did for that fight.”

The card is headlined by rising star Mitch Buckland’s (4-0) first title fight against Bridgewater’s dangerous Dean Mills (7-7-2).

For tickets, visit or call 07789 890453.

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