Date of Birth: 12/7/95
Record: 15-2 (7KOs)
‘SWEET SUGAR’ Kane Gardner is rapidly closing in on a major titler fight
Kane was an excellent amateur at Droylsden ABC and represented England, but opted to take the professional plunge in September 2017. He beat a rack of solid journeymen and even managed to stop the normally resilient Chris Adaway in November 2018. In May 2019, Kane beat Ben Fields on points over six rounds, but when they met again two weeks later he felt the lows of professional boxing for the first time.
Fields, so often the nemesis of VIP boxers dropped Gardner in the first round. It was a fourrounder this time and the away fighter took a wafer thin verdict with the knockdown the difference. Gardner moved up to eight round level in December 2019 and looked good beating Jordan Ellison on points. He was due to meet Nathan Bennett in September 2021, but the fight was scrapped because after his opponent went down woth COVID-19. There were both among the four VIP entries in the Boxxer Super-Lightweight competition in November 2021, and ironically were drawn against each other. And what a three round war they produced with Gardner taking the decision and fans desperate to see them again over ten rounds. That fight took plenty from Gardner and in the semi-final he dropped a majority decision to another VIP boxer Tom Farrell. He was floored late in the fight and that crucially cost him a points victory and the chance to win the £40,000 first prize. Gardner is rarely in a dull fight and bounced back from that setback in March 2022 stopping Samuel Opaogun in a thriller, dropping his rival three times.
The year got better in May, when he was in the away corner and took on hyped South African Marios Matamba. Few were backing Kane, but he delivered a career best performance outpointing Matamba over ten rounds. He kept busy in September when he outpointed Miguel Cesario Antin over eight rounds.