Sidcup boxer determined to bounce back

Jamie Andrews (left) can't wait to put his recent defeat behind him

Jamie Andrews (left) can't wait to put his recent defeat behind him

First published in Sport

SIDCUP’S Jamie Andrews says redemption is the driving force behind his return to the ring next month, as he prepares for his second crack at title glory in the Queensbury Boxing League.

The 26-year-old plumber was last in action back in November when he lost out to Sidcup rival Tom Dolan in his challenge for Dolan’s novice middleweight belt.

But Andrews has been handed a second shot at the title after Dolan, who has now been sidelined with injury, announced he would be relinquishing the title to fight for the southern area version of the belt on his return from injury.

The man standing in Andrews’ way will be Redhill’s Ben Davies who recorded and impressive win over veteran Mark Shrubb to earn his shot at the belt.

But Andrews is confident his boxing ability will prove the deciding factor when the pair collide on February 8 at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel.

The Sidcup fighter said: “Redemption is on my mind and I’m going to be grabbing this opportunity with both hands and this time I’m bringing the belt home.”

“When I got the call for this fight I didn’t even need to think about it as I’ve been itching to get back into the mix after the Dolan loss.

“I learnt a lot from that defeat and I really feel style wise I’ve got the advantages against Davies.”

He added: “Looking at Ben Davies’ previous fights I’m going to need to keep this fight at range and really work my boxing as he’s much shorter than me and he’s going to need to get on the inside to work.

“But if I can stay calm, focussed and not get into a brawl, then I’m confident I can finish what I set out to do.”

Andrews’ title showdown will feature on the undercard of the league’s New Dawn promotion.

For more information, visit queensburyboxing.co.uk

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