Lenny Daws will now challenge Dean Harrison for the vacant English Light Welterweight title and is confident that a late change in opponent will not throw him off course in his ambition to become British champion again in 2009.
The Morden boxer was supposed to box Scott Haywood but he has relinquished the title so Daws will now face Harrison, of Wolverhampton, for the English crown instead at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan on Saturday, January 17, 2009.
British lightweight champion John Murray of Manchester defends his title for the first time against Lee McAllister (Aberdeen) as the main even on the Hennessy Sports show that will be shown live on ITV4.
Daws aims to impress the ITV4 audience and sees winning the English title as a step towards reclaiming the British belt he lost two years ago by beating Harrison, who was narrowly out-pointed by Haywood for the English title in September.
"The change of opponent has not made much difference and we’ve got everything covered," said Daws. "I was expecting to box a taller opponent but that’s about it. Dean is no journeyman and he has fought for this title before, so he’s going to be up for it and I’m expecting a tough fight.
"But I also believe I’m going to win and put on a good performance. Hopefully winning this title will start to make things happen for me in 2009 because I want to win back the Brit
"Winning this title should lead to the British title shot. I want to move on to bigger things this year but I have to prove I’m ready for that by beating Harrison."
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