Undefeated middleweight prospect Grant Dennis lifted the British challenger belt last weekend
It was the first time that a Kent boxer has won the newly-sanctioned Challenger belt on the JE Promotions event titled, ‘Kent’s Finest’ featuring exciting prospects from the ‘Garden of England’.
Despite being a bold step up in class for the 32-year-old from Chatham, Dennis excelled in an impressive performance using fluid movement, rapid hand speed and exciting variety of combinations to outpoint the 28-year-old southpaw from Sheffield.
Dennis had little trouble getting to grips with Reed, boxing skilfully behind an impenetrable defence with swift, stinging attacks.
The former Central Area champion from Yorkshire did not make it easy for the ‘Go-Getter’ in front of his home crowd, who stood firm until the final bell sounded. The winner said:
“It was a cracking fight but I was too sharp for him. I knew he’d be tough and he pushed me but he also got the best out of me.”
The eight-round bout provided the Medway boxer with his first stretch going past four rounds. Dennis added:
“The longer rounds suit me, I start warming up after the first two or three rounds, I could have done 12 rounds in there, and I always train for that.”
The Promoter’s Association recently came together to form the Challenger belt, agreed by the BBBofC. The governing body carefully consider each fight presented by the promoter, only approving if deemed worthy of the tag. Grant enthused:
“For me, it’s a great achievement especially being the first in Kent to win the belt. I’m hungry so this is just the starters, I’ve still got main course and dessert to go, so this is just the start of the journey. I want to keep building my record and I want the Southern Area title, hopefully around the middle of next year and would like to be in line for the English by the end of the year.”
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