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Senior up for Gillingham battle with Woodgate
2:04pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
SWANLEY boxer Leon Senior is preparing for a fight which will make or break his British title ambitions.
Senior defends his southern area light-heavyweight title against Dan Woodgate in Gillingham on September 20 and believes it will be the biggest fight of his career.
The British title is currently vacant and either Senior or Woodgate will be in contention after their fight at Medway Leisure Centre. “Whoever wins is going on to bigger and better things,” said the Swanley ace.
“I’ve won my last eight fights and Dan is on a winning run as well.
"It’s a big step in the right direction.
“People have to take notice if I beat Dan and I’m sure he is thinking the same thing.
“We are both at the stage of our careers when we have to step up and take 50-50 fights.
“I want to jump up to the next level.
“My target has always been to get to British title level.
“This would be a good achievement after four years out of the ring and I’m not far away now.”
Senior reckons he could be two or three fights away from a British title challenge but knows he can’t look beyond Woodgate, who currently holds the international masters belt.
“I know Dan is tough and strong and is a good all-round boxer,” said Senior.
“But I think I’ve got too much ability for him.
“My pals have been asking me when I’m boxing Dan, they’ve been wanting to see the fight and I’m really looking forward to it.
“It makes me tingle when I think about the fight.”
Senior and Woodgate know each other having chatted in the changing rooms at the Camden Centre in July before Senior posted a shut-out points win over Egidijus Kakstys.
“Dan’s a nice guy and I respect him as a fighter,” said Senior, “But I just don't think he’s got the beating of me.”
For ticket information on the September 20 contest in Gillingham, call 07415 908333.
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