Josh Miller is confident he can pick up where he left off when he returns to the ring after a two-year absence next month.
Miller will be back at the place where he last boxed in March 2016 when he laces on the gloves at the Venue in Dudley on Saturday July 7, writes Craig Birch.
He features in a four-round contest, on a show which will take place under the BCB Promotions banner. It has been titled ‘the Usual Suspects.’
It’s a homecoming for the 24-year-old, who resumes his campaign in the light heavyweight division with Richard Ghent and Robert Wright in his corner as coaches.
Two wins are already on his pro ledger which started with his debut in March 2015, overcoming Iain Jackson as part of a BoxNation televised card at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
The scalp of Mark Till at the Venue then came his way a year later and both were points whitewashes, where Miller showed promise as a fleet-footed all action fighter.
‘The Jackal’ now aims to come back better than ever in front of a home crowd, with his supporters making the short trip from Wren’s Nest.
He said: “I’m buzzing, I can’t wait to get there and it feels like I’ve never been away, to be honest. I think I can pick up where I left off.
“This is my one true calling in life, so I had to get back to it. I got thrown in at the deep end when I started and that’s put me in good stead.
“I’ve had problems outside of the ring, it started when I injured my back and that put me out of the ring for a long time, then I hurt my wrist when I was back in the gym.
“Richard is coaching me now and he was in the corner for a lot of my amateur fights, so we’ve been closely connected for a long time. I’ve come back in with people I know.
“Injuries have hampered me and there’s been a lot of frustration to go with that, which I plan on letting out come July 7. I’ll be throwing with bad intentions, looking for my first knockout.
“Tickets have gone well, the amount of backing I’ve had from my fans is unbelievable and I can’t thank them enough.
“I’ll be flying the flag for the ‘Wrenna’ and they’ll be making a lot of noise on July 7. It’s going to be fast and furious. I’ll be boxing and moving and putting on a lot of pressure.”
At the top of the bill, Wolverhampton-born duo Matt Sen and Josh Burke will collide in a Black Country battlen for the eight-round British Challenge cruiserweight title.
Dudley cohorts Danny Ball and Connor Lee Jones, Brummies Aaron Lovell and Daryl Pearce and Wolverhampton’s Kirstie Bavington feature elsewhere on the under-card.
Kingswinford’s Ball will be looking a record a sixth success from six outings, in the super welterweight division where older brother Jamie is a former Midlands champion.
Jones, also from Dudley, will be boxing again less than a month after his pro debut. The 22-year-old lightweight outpointed Liam Richards on June 9.
Brummie Lovell, from Erdington, has built up a hat-trick of points wins over Kristian Laight, Richards and Dylan Draper as a super lightweight.
Pearce, from Rednal, will end over a year of frustration with his introduction to the pro boxing world at welter.
Wolverhampton’s Bavington is looking to bounce back after battling to a draw on her paid bow. The 25-year-old could not be parted from the experienced Borislava Goranova.
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