Rowley Regis’ Tyler Denny reckons he’s come on leaps and bounds through sparring with the next contenders to his division’s domestic titles.
The 25-year-old middleweight will see action, looking to snap a run of two draws by having his hand raised, at the Venue in Dudley on Friday November 4.
The Venue, on the High Street, once again hosts paid pugilists under the PJ Promotions banner, with fireworks expected on the evening before Bonfire Night.
Denny turned pro under the same lights in March 2015, outpointing Shaunn Watt 39-37 after a hard-fought four rounds.
Tough spars at coach Shaun Cooper’s gym in Brierley Hill with Andrew Robinson, the next challenger to Lee Markham’s English title, got him ready to punch for pay.
Denny went on to defeat Aaron Robinson and James Conroy, dropping the latter on route to victory, in over-the-distance successes.
But the rarity of back-to-back draws, both at Dudley Town Hall, against Simone Lucas and Cristian Hoskin-Gomez has stunted his growth somewhat.
The southpaw remains undefeated, though, and has been putting in the hours with soon-to-be British title challenger Tommy Langford ahead of fight night.
He has a former Langford opponent, Robert Studzinski, who took ‘the Baggies Bomber’ the distance back in June 2013.
Robinson and Langford could be on a collision course if both claim the straps and Denny is confident their input combined will allow him to go one better next time.
He said: “I’ve had the best sparring around, so I feel good going into this one. I’ve been doing the rounds and I feel a lot better for it.
“I used to have my wars in training with Andrew and he puts it on you. They don’t call him ‘D’Animal’ for nothing. He’s got a shot at the English title, so I wish him all of the best.
“I’ve done a lot of rounds with Tommy this time, he still comes forward but he’s technically better. Him and Andrew have sparred together before. I’d love to see that fight.
“I feel sorry for Tommy (title shot delayed until November 26), but he’ll still get his chance on a big show and the opportunity we should all be aiming for. That’s my plan.”
Denny is at a loss to explain how he could not be parted from his opponent for contests in succession, but remains upbeat.
He’s ambitious, too, and believes retaining his ‘0’ could still pay dividends, particularly with the Midlands middleweight crown currently vacant.
He said: “I can’t wait to get back in there, I made my debut at the Venue and, hopefully, I’ll be taking quite a few people with me.
“The Lucas fight was close, but I thought I’d won against Hoskin-Gomez. It was a good hard battle, though. I have to take positives.
“You never know, those two draws might help me out later on, when it comes to getting fights. They might think I’m an easier opponent than I am!
“I need to keep my cool, stick to my boxing and get back to winning ways. There can be no excuses, I need a good performance.
“A few victories and I could challenge for the Midlands title next year. Hopefully, this is my last four-rounder and then I’ll step up.”
Tipton’s Ricky Summers returns over six as part of the same line-up, after a seven-month absence, against Chris Nixon.
The rest of the card will see Netherton’s Les Byfield, Birmingham’s Kane Baker, Telford’s Tony Jones and Leicester’s CJ Challenger occupy the home corner.
Tickets, priced at £35 and £50 ringside, are still available from promoter Paul ‘PJ’ Rowson on 07976 283 157.