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Fighting Fit Gardner joins the professional ranks
Monday 3rd July 2017 @ 12:40 by Mark Phillip

Droylsden Amateur Boxing Club is celebrating after one of its products joined the professional ranks last month.

Kane Gardner has signed professional terms with local manager Steve Woods, after competing in more than 80 amateur bouts and winning numerous titles along the way.

The 21-year-old makes the step-up with the full backing of head coach, Ian Harrison.

Following the announcement, Harrison spoke to Reporter Sport and said the time had come for Gardner to pursue a professional career. “Kane has got the commitment and desire to go a long way in his professional career so everyone associated with the club is excited about the future.”

Gardner becomes the latest Droylsden member to make the step-up, having followed in the footsteps of former British Heavyweight Champion Mike Holden and ex England International Carl Simmonett.

Former stars also include Tony Barlow, who fought for the British title, and Droylsden founder Charlie Grice.

Commenting on the club’s proud history, Harrison said: “Charlie made the headlines when he turned professional and he expects Kane to do the same.

“Although Kane comes from a club with a lot of history, we’re sure he can live up to being a big part of that history.”

Gardner took to Facebook to announce his decision. He said: “It’s official people! I’m gassed to announce that i am going to be a Professional Fighter after putting pen to paper today.

“It’s time to start making some waves in the Pro game.

“I hope all my friends & family can come support me on my Journey & we can make some noise along the way.

“I’m looking to be making my debut in September so all the support would mean the world to me!

“Also, this is a perfect opportunity for any Companies/Businesses to become a part of #TeamSKG.

“Any Sponsorship would be highly appreciated because it would help me to lead the lifestyle & help me reach my full potential as a fighter!”

Those wishing to sponsor Gardner can contact him directly on Facebook. Alternatively, you can email Harrison: “[email protected]

Elsewhere at Droylsden, Bradley Ireland returned from the Haringey Box Cup with a gold medal in the 60kg Youth Class, retaining his title from last year.

Bradley Ireland celebrates his victory at the Haringey Box Cup in London.