Hanley out to make an impression

Wandsworth Guardian: Man on a mission: Dean Hanley Man on a mission: Dean Hanley

Morden cruiserweight Dean Hanley has promised to deliver a special performance on Saturday when he challenges for the vacant British Queensbury Cruiserweight title.

The 29-year-old former kickboxing champion turned boxer, is taking on Brighton's Mark Smith at the big Night of Champions event at Epsom Downs Racecourse on his return to the ring after suffering a knee injury in November.

And, despite Smith's reputation as a boxer with one of the most powerful right hands in the league, Hanley, whose transformation from kickboxer to boxer has taken place under the guidance of Scot Dearling at Box London in Mitcham, is in confident mood ahead of the bout "I know all about Smith’s power and I know that he hits really hard," he said.

"So I am taking this fight more seriously than any other before it.

"Mark’s a strong lad who has a big heart and can take a shot and I know he’s going to be coming into this fight fitter than he’s ever been.

"So it’s going to come down to whoever wants this fight the most will win.

"I’ve been training twice a day in preparation for this chance.

"I know every fighter will tell you the same thing coming into a fight that they are in the best shape of their lives, but I really am for this one and it’s going to be an exciting fight.

"I want to make a big impression at the show and with it being filmed for Eurosport there is a massive incentive to look impressive and that’s what I am aiming to do."

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