LEWISHAM’S Rossco Parker is preparing to lock horns with old rival Sam Holloway for the chance to claim the vacant Queensbury Boxing League English middleweight title.

It was a cold night back in March 2012 when Parker first laced on the gloves in the Queensbury League to take on Ramsgate’s Holloway after ending his successful career in the amateur ranks.

And after five rounds it was Holloway who emerged with the wafer thin margin of victory following one of the competition’s greatest ever battles.

But on May 18, Parker will step through the ropes once again to face Holloway in a showdown the 36-year-old Lewisham police civil servant believes will be his greatest night inside the squared circle.

Parker said: “This is the fight I’ve been waiting for now for more than a year, and I’m a fully focussed and confident this time around I’ll emerge as the winner.

“In the first meeting with Holloway I was fresh out of the amateurs and didn’t really know too much about him.

“But it was an incredible fight which could have gone either way and I was proud to be involved in it.

“This time around I’m not looking to change anything with regards to strategies or tactics in the fight.”

Parker added: “I knew Holloway was uncomfortable every time I put the pressure on him, so for this contest I’m looking to just do more of the same and make sure I make him work for every minute of every round.

“Training has been perfect up until now and I’m coming into this fight with lots of confidence after one of my best wins in the league back in March, when I beat the talented Michael McPherson from Streatham.

“I can guarantee all the fans coming to see me in action on May 18 at Effingham Park Hotel in West Sussex this is going to be a toe-to-toe thriller and a fight everyone is going to remember.”

For further information on Parker’s contest at Effingham Park Hotel on May 18 and the rest of the line-up, visit queensburyboxing.co.uk

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