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Fighting Fit Boxers look to end the season in style
Wednesday 14th June 2017 @ 10:07 by Mark Phillip

Droylsden Amateur Boxing Club is sending four of its members to compete in the Haringey Box Cup this weekend.

Kane Gardner, Zak Miller, Jay Cornforth and Bradley Ireland will take to the ring at the prestigious competition, regarded as Europe’s biggest, across Saturday and Sunday at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The competition will mark the last time that Gardner fights as an amateur, as the 21-year-old is set to join the professional ranks later this year.

Gardener has enjoyed a successful period as an amateur boxer, confirming his place in the history books after winning his first international bout for England last year.

Kane Gardner and Zak Miller

The hard hitter took the plaudits after beating Scottish captain Robbie McKenchie on home soil in December.

Gardner also became the 64kg northern belt holder after beating Forest Hall’s Terence Wilkinson in November.

Meanwhile, Miller will be entering the competition for the first time, while Cornforth will be hoping to go one step further than last year’s semi-final defeat.

Ireland will be defending his Youth Development gold medal that he won last year, having cruised to a 3-0 victory against a London opponent.

Looking ahead to the competition, Droylsden head coach, Ian Harrison said: “Everyone at the club is looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic weekend.

“This will be the last time that Kane fights as an amateur, so hopefully he can sign off as champion.

“We’re hoping that all our boxers will cap off what has turned out to be a brilliant season at the club.”

The Haringey Box Cup is Europe’s largest amateur boxing event, which takes place over three consecutive days at Alexandra Palace, London, in June.

Last year 296 bouts took place in five rings, with 500 male and female boxers from all over Europe competing to win the prestigious gold medal at one of London’s most historic venues.