Lester Daniel is ready to put his added gym time to the test when he’s back in boxing action after a long lay-off.
He features at the Park Inn Hotel, Northampton, on the evening of Wednesday December 8, as part of a show staged by BCB Promotions.
It’s been 21 months since the 28-year-old super middleweight last stopped through the ropes for a competitive contest, which was his pro debut.
Daniel scored an opening TKO over Gianni Antoh, who withdrew in the fourth and final round with a groin injury. His Cambridge-born Italian opponent hasn’t boxed since.
Antoh had already been down, during the third, before the finish came, an opening indication that southpaw Daniel does possess power.
He was born in Nairobi, Kenya, before moving over to the UK as a teenager, although he didn’t set out on an amateur boxing career until he was an adult.
His amateur run yielded 15 wins from 14 contests, first representing Bedford Boxing Club in the town where he still resides. Daniel, going forward, has big plans.
He said: “It’s been a long road to get back here, I’ve been working on a lot of things in the gym, but it’s hard to tell how much of an effect it has, when you are not competing.
“I had a good introduction to the pro ranks, I felt like I was busting him up and then he got injured, so I just took the win and moved on.
“I’ve been boxing, on and off, for about 15 years, I moved over here from Kenya when I was 13 and I was going to a boxing gym, for a little while, before then.
“It was something I took up again, when I got to England, and I had my first amateur fight, for Bedford. I did well, as an amateur, although I could have done with a few more.
“I didn’t start, as an amateur, until I was a senior. I was always working, I used to do barbering, but now I work in engineering.
“I’ve only ever lost once and I don’t plan on losing again, anytime soon. I want to be pushing, all of the way, towards achieving something.
“It’s been difficult, for everyone, during the pandemic, but there’s nothing I can do about the time I’ve had away now. I just need to get going again.”
Tickets for the Park Inn bill are available, priced at £45 for unreserved seating or £80 VIP ringside with a two-course meal, directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.