Fighting Fit Gardner becomes the latest Droylsden product to represent England
Tuesday 13th December 2016 @ 11:47 by Mark Phillip
Droylsden Sports

Droylsden boxer Kane Gardner has confirmed his place in the history books after winning his first international bout for England.

Kane, who represents Droylsden Amateur Boxing Club, competed against Scotland’s Robbie McKenchie on Saturday 10 December in Glasgow.

Three days earlier, Kane had lost a hotly disputed split decision in Class D of the NABGC final in High Wycombe.

However, the former Droylsden Academy student bounced back from the disappointment and beat Scottish captain Mckenchie on home soil in remarkable fashion.

Following the fight, Kane took to Facebook and heaped praise on his coaches for their invaluable support. He said: “What a way to end 2016. Got the call on Tuesday to step in and make my England debut against Scotland and I just beat the Scottish Champion and former Great Britain boxer.

“This is by far the best and proudest day of my life.

“I’d just like to say a massive thanks to the England coaches for the opportunity but most importantly my second father and trainer Ian Harrison for the continuous hours of work that he puts in with me.”

Gardner becomes Droylsden’s third England International after Carl Simmonett and Joey Jacobs in the 80’s and 90’s respectively.

Droylsden founder Charlie Grice and coach Ian Harrison were delighted in Gardner’s victory, with the latter saying: “This is an absolutely brilliant achievement for Kane and Droylsden ABC as a whole.

“It’s great that his efforts have been rewarded with international recognition – long may it continue.”

Elsewhere, Zak Miller has qualified for next year’s European (Italy) and World (China) cross country championships for England.

Ged Shaw and Jay Cornforth ended their year by reaching the Class D NABGC national quarter finals.

Despite a great effort, both athletes were defeated on hotly disputed split decisions.