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CENTRAL AREA CLASSIC HEADS VIP BOXING’S BIG RETURN

Updated: Jul 12

Nathan Bennett will face Kane Gardner for the vacant Central Area Super-Lightweight title at Liverpool Olympia on Friday September 3.

It will be first VIP Boxing event since March 2020 and with COVID-19 restrictions being lifted the first of six shows they are staging inside four weeks.

The ten rounder between the VIP stablemates promises to be one of the best British small hall fights of 2021.

Bennett will have home advantage and with Gardner hailing from Manchester even more spice has been added to what promises to be a fiery battle.

Bennett (9-2, 2 KOs) has been sidelined since last August when he was stopped in five rounds by world class prospect Dalton Smith.

Bennett, 28, said: “We were meant to fight last year, but the pandemic came and I got the Dalton Smith fight which has worked out better for me than Kane.

“He has been inactive. I boxed a few days before lockdown and then I had the Dalton fight.

“People who know boxing understand this is a good fight, a good solid 50-50 fight.

“Kane is a good fighter, has good jab, comes forward and I am expecting a tough fight, but I will be ready.”

And the local man who will be boxing at the Olympia for the sixth time as a professional added: “The Liverpool-Manchester rivalry makes it exciting and it will be hostile for him.

“My phone has blown up for tickets. I don’t know how many he is bringing, but there will be loads there for me.

“We have always been on a collision course to fight and now it is coming.”

Gardner insists making the trip along the M62 doesn’t bother him and said: “I boxed in Liverpool a few times as an amateur.

“I said to Steve Wood I will even have it in his back yard. It will be hostile because I believe there will be kids from his gym fighting as well.

“My lot will be there and rowdy so it’s going to be a good night.”

Bennett suffered a broken jaw when he faced Smith last summer and the only other man to defeat him is dangerous Ben Fields. He dropped a points decision against him in October 2019.




Gardner who lives in the Clayton area of Manchester, outpointed Fields in May 2019, but lost a rematch two weeks later when a first round knockdown proved costly.

Gardner (11-1, 6KOs) who last fought when outpointing Jordan Ellison in December 2019 added: “Nathan is good, but I just believe I am levels above.

“We have boxed some of the same kids, but he has gone through the motions. I’ve made statements