Boxing - Glover determined to put out '2 Smokes' fire

Tipton's Lee Glover is confident of ripping the English super-featherweight title from champion Jon '2smokes' Kays when the pair meet at the Oldham Sports Centre on March 8.

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Glover (7-1) insists he has put too much into his preparation to come away empty-handed. “I'm really looking forward to it,” explained Lee, who has lost just one fight in seven. “I've trained hard for it and it will be a good fight for me to push on with my career.

“As an amateur I had lots of fights and boxed away from home many times, so I'm just looking forward to getting in the ring and showing the away fans what I can do.”

With 21 fights under his belt, '2 Smokes' Kays (17-3-1) is the more experienced man. The 30-year-old is gunning for future revenge over Gary Sykes and Liam Walsh - both have beaten him in English and Commonwealth title fights respectively - but 'The Tipton Slasher' says he will hand the Ashton under Lyne man his fourth career defeat and return to the West Midlands as champion.

“I respect him,” revealed Glover, 26. “What I've seen of him he's a nice tidy boxer and it should be a good fight. I've taken the fight believing I can beat him so we'll just have to see what happens.

“I can see it being about a sixth round stoppage by me, or me beating him on points. Either way I've trained hard to win the fight and I believe in myself.”

Appearing on the undercard the VIP Promotions event will be Middleton’s Warren Tansey, Alex Rutter., Matthew Ryan and Liam Taylor; Heywood’s Mark Thompson; Oldham’s Marvin Greaves and Ashley Mayall; Derbyshire’s Jack Massey; Lancashire’s AJ Faizy, and Liverpool’s Anthony Smith. Manchester’s Dale Coyne will make his debut.

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