Tyler Denny’s tune up for an English middleweight title shot would have been for the belt itself if he’d had his way.
The reigning Midlands champion is back in the ring at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday evening; topping BCb promotions’ England Awaits Bill.
First Denny will engage with a six-rounder in a prominent role on Errol Johnson’s Black Country Boxing Promotions offering, on a show which has been titled ‘England Awaits.’
National recognition could indeed come Denny’s way later this year, after the British Boxing Board of Control made him a mandatory challenger for the English crown.
Elliott Matthews vacating the strap has opened the door for Denny versus the formidable Reece Cartwright to take place by the end of October, subject to purse bids.
Denny first looks to record a ninth win from 11 pro contests in a keep-busy affair, with the area crown still in his possession after a fine points win over Tom Stokes last year.
The 26-year-old southpaw, of Rowley Regis, has calling for an English title opportunity for a while. Matthew Wigglesworth was proposed as an opponent, but turned down by the board.
Cartwright, from Leeds, has racked up 22 bouts of pro experience at the age of 24, with 21 wins and 12 TKOs to his credit.
The former IBF Youth boss has a blemish on his record, though, after he was shockingly downed by the unheralded Rafael Chiruta in less than a round last year.
Denny appreciates he needs to take his game to the next level and aims to show off his skills when it’s once again fight night, at the venue where he claimed Midlands glory.
He said: “The question was asked about having it for the English on July 21 in Walsall. Cartwright didn’t fancy it and I can understand that, on four weeks notice away from home.
“I’m not sure how it’s going to work with the purse bids, I might even end up going up there to fight him, but I don’t really care. I just want my chance.
“I’d box for it tomorrow, if it was down to me. I can’t wait to step in there with such a big prize on the line. I’d fight anyone, anywhere for it.
“No one has asked for a Midlands title shot, either, so I’ll keep hold of that belt until somebody does. It might be something to fall back on.
“I boxed at the start of May (six-round points whitewash over Raimonds Sneidze), but I’m happy to get in there again. That was at Walsall Town Hall, too.
“I think I proved against Stokes that the better the opponent, the better I’ll perform. I’ll prove that against Cartwright, after I’ve taken care of business on July 21.
“I’ve proved a lot of people wrong already, who didn’t think I had what it takes to get this far. I want to carry on doing that.”
Tickets, priced at £35 standard and £65 VIP ringside, are on sale now from the Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. It will be £40 for entry on the door.
The Grosvenor Casino Walsall, on Bentley Mill Way, are the show’s headline sponsors. They will host the weigh in and after-show party (over 18s)